Fiji is a country consisting of over 330 islands scattered across over 140,000 square nautical miles of ocean.
Boating is crucial to both transportation and tourism and continues to increase in popularity, making it vital that boaties understand the potential impact they can have on our unique marine environment, and are environmentally friendly in the way they operate and maintain their vessels.
Tips for boaties on protecting our marine environment
By adopting the simple clean boating habits outlined here, you can help protect our oceans for future generations to enjoy as you do today. Together we can make a difference.
Pollutants can enter the ocean from a wide range of sources, including chemical, oil, fuel, and sewage discharges from both commercial and recreational boats. As well, dirty boat hulls have the potential to carry and spread often harmful marine pest species.
In Fiji, local authorities already regulate pollution discharges from industry and sewage through the Environmental Management Act. It is timely to recognise the impacts of other pollution sources such as agricultural runoff, failing septic tank systems, commercial shipping, and recreational boating, all of which can significantly contribute to the contamination of our inland and coastal waterways.
The Clean Boating Programme is part of an international environmental initiative, whereby many marine related businesses and recreational boaties are participating in programmes to improve their environmental performance. The Clean Boating component provides individual boaties with educational materials to help them play their part.
As a boat owner or operator, you want to enjoy healthy, safe and pristine waters. This booklet has been designed to give you some simple tips to ensure your boating is clean and our seas remain alive and healthy. For more comprehensive information, factsheets and links to other useful material, visit: www.cleanboating.org.nz
Here you will find more information and detailed fact sheets on topics relevant to boaties and the environment. Visit links direct from the homepage to our partner organisations, clean marinas programme and other relevant websites!
Show your support for protecting both Fiji and New Zealand’s marine environment.
Download full booklet here: Fiji Clean Boating Booklet 2013