Clean Marine Certification

MacDonald Turkey Point Marina Inc. is five diamond anchor rated under the Clean Marine Program

The information below regarding the Clean Marine Program is taken from the Boating Ontario website at:

http://www.boatingontario.ca/CleanMarine.aspx

Whether you take to the water by power, sail or paddle, the pleasure we all derive from boating is based on our enjoyment of the pristine waters and scenic shorelines.

To ensure that we have a clean and healthy environment for our enjoyment today and for future generations, Ontario’s marina operators are leading the way, voluntarily joining the CLEAN MARINE PROGRAM and following the operational practices mandated by this exciting environmental program.

Each marina is audited and given an Eco-Rating based on their environmental practices.  All aspects of marina operations including fueling, waste oil and paper recycling must meet the program standards.

WHAT IS THE CLEAN MARINE PROGRAM?

Boating Ontario along with over twenty marine industry professionals and Ontario’s boaters’ and anglers’ associations formed the Clean Marine Partnership to develop a voluntary program of "Environmental Best Practices" for the marine industry that is recognized as the leader in North America. Boating Ontario member marinas have been enrolling in the Clean Marine Program to ensure that their marinas are following these environmentally sound practices and protecting our waterways for all to enjoy.

HOW WILL I RECOGNIZE A CLEAN MARINE MEMBER MARINA?

All of the Clean Marine Program Eco-Rated Marinas proudly fly the Clean Marine environmental flag. This flag is your assurance that the marina has adopted the highest environmental standards for marinas in the world.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A CLEAN MARINE PROGRAM MEMBER?

It takes commitment. Each of the Clean Marine Program marinas must pass a comprehensive environmental audit to ensure compliance with the program standards set out in their Clean Marine manual. This manual, developed through the cooperation of Boating Ontario, Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment sets out more than 200 environmental practices that cover all aspects of marine operations from fueling to waste oil, shrinkwrap and paper recycling, energy and water conservation and many more.

Each marina is audited by Greenleaf Environmental Services, a third party firm, who provides the marina with a detailed report on their compliance with the standards of the Clean Marine Program. Results of this audit are converted to a five point Eco-rating system, with a low of one and a high of five. There are now almost 100 marinas and yacht clubs with the highest rating. To give these folks a new plateau to achieve, in 2009 12 additional standards were added to allow for Gold, Diamond and Platinum additions to their rating

Whether awarded the single Green Leaf Anchor rating or the highest rating of five Green Leaf Anchors + Platinum, a marina’s participation and rating demonstrates their commitment to the protection of our waterways and marine life.

HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

You may be just one boater, but collectively we can make a difference. Start by choosing an Eco-Rated Clean Marina for your homeport. When cruising Ontario’s waterways or when searching for services ashore, look for the Clean Marine flag.

Just as our Clean Marine member marinas have committed themselves to following the best environmental practices, you can too. Look for products with Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice logo to use around your boat. Products bearing the symbol with three doves intertwined to form a maple leaf are products that have been produced in a more environmentally responsible manner and their use leaves the least impact on the environment.

ARE OTHERS INVOLVED?

The Ontario Marine Operators Association is part of a much larger group numbering over twenty eight entities called the Clean Marine partnership.

These partners consist of marine industry professionals, boaters and anglers associations (representing 1 million boaters) dedicated to leaving Ontario's waters in better shape that we inherited them. Future generations are counting on us to be successful.

The Clean Marine Partners are:

  • boatsandplaces.com and boats&places magazine
  • Boat Guide and Boating Business Magazines
  • Boating Industry Canada 
  • Canadian Power and Sail Squadron
  • FOCA
  • GE Commercial Finance
  • Georgian College
  • GreenLeaf Environmental Communications
  • Natural Marine / Head-O-Matic
  • NMMA Canada
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Ontario Marine Operators Association
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment
  • Ontario Sailing Association
  • Power Boating Canada Magazine

Eco Rated Marinas

They are marinas that have adopted Environmental Best Practices as a policy and way of doing business. Using a Clean Marine Manual developed in 1997 and rewritten in 2008, participating marinas are guided through environmentally responsible practices in all marine operations. The manual was produced through the cooperation of Boating Ontario, Environment Canada, and Ontario Ministry of Environment.

 Eco Ratings are achieved in an audit covering more than 200 environmental practices. Greenleaf Environmental Marketing, an Ottawa-based certification company, completes this audit. Results are then converted to a rating system with a low of one and a high of five green anchors. There are now almost 100 marinas with the highest rating. For those who have achieved that goal, 12 additional new criteria may bring them Gold, Diamond and Platinum additions to their rating.

This is an opportunity for you to choose the certified, most environmentally responsible homeport for your boat. If you are cruising in unfamiliar waters the Eco-Rating flag lets you choose a destination marina knowing they are doing all they can to preserve our lakes and rivers.

For a list of all Clean Marine Certified marinas in Ontario, please visit:

http://www.boatingontario.ca/CleanMarine/EcoRatedMarinas.aspx

To Download a copy of Boating Ontario's Clean Boater Handbook, please click here:

http://www.boatingontario.ca/Portals/0/HandbookFinal.pdf