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Environmentally Friendly Boating
While enjoyable, the nature of recreational boating makes it a potential source for the most damaging types of water pollution: oil and fuel, sewage, chemicals, solid waste and debris.
Boaters can inadvertently introduce all of these harmful pollutants into the environment through their everyday activities. Much can be done by individual citizens to help protect coastal water quality and as a boat owner, you
can play a major role in improving water quality.
The first step is to understand the potential impact of boating activities. One of the largest impacts that people, including boaters have on the marine environment is the introduction and prevalence of marine debris.
Marine debris is anything that inadvertently ends up in the marine environment. It get there directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned. No matter how it got there, it will have an impact on the environment.
Living around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has it's benefits, but also its responsibilities. Great conservation efforts happen locally around the Monterey Bay through a variety of organizations. Read on for more resources about how you can enjoy the environment as well as protect it.