Fish Friendly Accreditation for Tasmanian Marina

Oyster Cove Marina in Tasmania has been presented with Fish Friendly Marina accreditation on the back of being accredited as an International Clean Marina earlier in 2017. Fish Friendly Marina accreditation is another first for Tasmania. Oyster Cove Marina is located in Little Oyster Cove at Kettering and is 34kms south of Hobart on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Fish Friendly accreditation focuses on the protection and enhancement of marine habitat. It was developed by the Marina Industries Association (MIA) in partnership with state agencies.. As a bolt-on to Clean Marina accreditation it supports marinas in providing environmental leadership to boaters and the general public.

MIA President Andrew Chapman said, “Marinas can provide important habitat for fish. Fish Friendly Marina accreditation was developed to lift marina standards in protecting the marinas aquatic environment. It also ensures marinas play a proactive role in educating boaters and their local community about the fish habitat and how top help protect against introduced marine pests. This in term leads to improved environmental practices.”

Member for Franklin, Nic Street, presented the award and congratulated the marina saying that “a clean marine environment benefits all users of the marina facilities, including local industry, the general public and the local community. This accreditation is the result of Oyster Cove Marina working with the Marina Industries Association to achieve Fish Friendly status by upgrading existing, and implementing new environmental practices and also supports the Governments strong commitment to Biosecurity and the eradication of introduced marine pests.”

Phil Boustead, Marina Manager said, “Oyster Cove is proud to be recognised as the first Fish Friendly, Clean Marina in Tasmania under the MIA program. Being able to fly the Clean Marina flag is an important signal that we are committed to high environmental standards and will further encourage us to continually improve our operations and environmental performance. We are committed to the long-term viability of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and are happy to play our part by adjusting our business practices to ensure the marine environment remains environmentally sustainable. We just hope that other commercial operators in the Channel have the same long-term view. ”
MIA Director for Tasmania, James Burbury said, “This significant achievement is important for the marina industry as Oyster Cove now demonstrates environmental leadership to the wider marina community, not just in Tasmania. We now have 70 marinas across Australia and internationally committed to environmental best practice under this program. The challenge for industry remains to continually increase the number of marinas committed to achieving Clean Marinas status.”

Hobart-based Environmental Consultancy, Elgin Associates, was the independent auditor for the Oyster Cove Marina accreditation.

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