Views
1 year ago

2017 September October Marina World

  • Text
  • Marinas
  • Marine
  • Environmental
  • Pontoons
  • Docks
  • Products
  • Concrete
  • Boats
  • Projects
  • Solutions
The magazine for the marina industry

Hazelett Marine

Hazelett Marine Conservation Elastic Mooring Systems For Yachts and Docks Providing independent and bespoke services to clients worldwide Masterplanning Feasibility studies and market research Business planning Marina and Marina Club design Tender and project management Operational management Environmental and legislative advice Legal and property consultancy services www.hazelettmarine.com 135 West Lakeshore Drive, PO Box 600 Colchester, Vermont 05446-0600 EMAIL: info@hazelettmarine.com TELEPHONE: (802) 863-6376 FAX: (802) 863-1523 +44 (0)23 9252 6688 +852 3796 3533 enquiries@marinaprojects.com www.marinaprojects.com

Stewards of the environment ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT by Robert Wilkes Here is one view of marinas as stewards of the environment: ‘Marinas are businesses and are all about making money like other businesses. They will cut corners and look the other way where the environment is concerned rather than spend the energy, time and money to proactively protect it. Marina operators don’t have the training or just don’t care enough to put in the hard work of environmental stewardship. Marinas and the boats in them are loaded with noxious chemicals that leach into the water, pollute the environment and kill marine life. Boat owners are ‘one-percenters’ with big gas tanks and large carbon footprints who chuck garbage over the side and are a threat to clean water and sensitive marine life.’ Now that I’ve got your attention and the hair standing up on the back of your neck, we can at least agree these attitudes and beliefs exist. But this dismal picture is not true, not even close. When it comes to sustainability, clean water, habitat development and every other aspect of marine ecology, marinas and boat owners are doing a great job. They are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and competent stewards of the environment. We have a deep and persistent perception problem. These false impressions can and do influence decisions by coastal planning boards and regulatory and permitting authorities, especially when they are under pressure from watchdog environmental groups. Heather Page, principal environmental planner for Anchor QEA, said environmental activists in Washington State travel about looking for violations of the State’s Shoreline Code. Among other things, they look for proper setbacks, view obstruction, public access or development that shouldn’t be where it is. As a result, marinas are difficult to develop in Washington State. If we could convince the public that marinas are a net positive for the environment, more marina developments could be built and the ones that are built could be permitted much faster. How are we doing? Mark Sanders is president of the Marina Recreation Association (MRA), a marina industry association for the Western US and Alaska. He is also the owner of Westpoint Harbor Marina in Redwood City, CA. “Most marinas when we test the water are cleaner than the bay itself,” said Sanders. Westpoint Harbor Marina has a pumpout available to every slip. “Our marina is so clean Stanford University swims its triathlon in our basin. Marinas create marine ecosystems. Studies of concrete docks and concrete or steel pilings show an abundance of sea life similar to when they sink a ship to make a marine sanctuary.” One such study in Naples, FL, by Sacramento Marina in California proudly displays its Clean Marina flag. Concrete docks at Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore are habitats for various forms of marine life. Turrell, Hall & Associates quantified over 50 different species of marine life as it followed the life of a new marina for three years. “Marinas made of carbonates are artificial reefs,” said Todd Turrell. “Concrete docks, piles, bulkheads and riprap are habitat. They’re colonised by bivalves, tunicates and other filter feeders that remove particulates and pollutants from the water. That allows sunlight to penetrate so photosynthesis can take place, add oxygen to the water and promote plant growth. If your marina has adequate flushing there is a good chance that the water is as clean as before the marina was built.” The ‘reef effect’, i.e. marinas as marine habitats, is happening everywhere, not just in Florida. Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle, WA, recently www.marinaworld.com - September/October 2017 21

Back Issues

2018 January February 2018
2018/19 Suppliers & Services
2018 March April Marina World
2018 May June Marina World
2018 July August Marina World
2018 September October Marina World
November December 2018 Marina World
2017 Nov Dec Marina World
2017 September October Marina World
2017 July August Marina World
2017 May June Marina World
2017 January February Marina World
2016 November December Marina World
2016 September October Marina World
2016 July August Marina World
2016 May June Marina World
2016 Mar Apr Marina World
2016 Jan Feb Marina World
Nov Dec 2015 Marina World
Sept Oct 2015 Marina World
July August 2015 Marina World
May Jun 2015 Marina World
Mar Apr 2015 Marina World
Jan Feb 2015 Marina World
2018/19 Suppliers & Services
2017/18 Suppliers & Services
2016/17 Suppliers & Services
Suppliers & Services 2015 - Marina World