Fish Friendly Marinas has been developed to inform marina managers on how to maximise the benefits for fish and recognise those operators actively working to improve fish habitat. Fish Friendly Marinas provides advice and supporting material to help marina operators incorporate beneficial outcomes for native fish into their existing operational plans, such as ensuring their marina is free from marine pests and providing habitat for native fish.
The initiative is attached to MIA’s International Clean Marinas Program and the accreditation is an add-on for marinas with Level 4 and Level 3 Clean Marina accreditation. It requires an independent audit to satisfy criteria.
It is essential marinas continue to set the highest environmental standards. Marinas are the ideal location for many community members to see and learn about native fish and the aquatic environment. Clean Marinas and the Fish Friendly accreditation add-on demonstrate that industry, with support from government, is best able to set the standards that meet and exceed community and government expectations.
A ‘10 Tips’ publication has also been produced to inform operators and help them communicate their efforts to customers and visitors and is available from the Marina Industries Association.
The program is supported by NSW Department of Primary Industries; Fisheries NSW, Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries and Fisheries QLD.
More information can be found at http://www.marinas.net.au/industry programs/clean-marina-program
Image 1: Hippocampus Whitei- Posidonia Australis by Dave Harasti
Image 2 : Maori Cod by Dave Harasti