Southport Marina is
Latest to be Certified a
Clean Marina in North Carolina
20, 2010 –
Southport, North Carolina
The Southport Marina in
Southport, N.C. is the latest facility to be certified as a
North Carolina Clean Marina. The Clean Marina program is designed to
show that marina operators can help safeguard the environment by
using management and operations techniques that go above and beyond
regulatory requirements. To earn the certification, the marina’s
owners have prepared Spill Prevention Plans, Safety and Emergency
Planning and strongly control boat maintenance activities to protect
Clean Marina is a voluntary
program that began in the summer of 2000. Marina operators who
choose to participate must complete an evaluation form about their
use of specific best management practices.
If a marina meets criteria
developed by the Division of Coastal Management, it will be
designated as a Clean Marina. Such marinas are eligible to fly the
Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flags
signal to boaters that a marina cares about the cleanliness of area
Clean Marina is a nationwide
program developed by the National Marine Environmental Education
Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to clean up
waterways for better recreational boating. The foundation encourages
states to adapt Clean Marina principles to fit their own needs.
The N.C. Clean Marina program
is a partnership between N.C. Boating Industry Services, the N.C.
Marine Trade Association, the Division of Coastal Management, the
Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, N.C. Sea Grant, the U.S.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and N.C. Big Sweep.
For information about the
program, contact Mike Lopazanski at 252-808-2808.
Articles About The Southport, NC Area