The objective of this voluntary commitment is to build on the Port Denaraus accreditation as the first Level 3 Clean and Fish Friendly Marina by continuing to pursue environmental best practise in internal and external marina and marine related activities. To assist with this process, the marina is launching the Fiji Clean Boating Program.
The International Clean Marina Program is administered by the Marina Industries Association (MIA), the body representing the marina industry in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, drawing membership from marinas, yacht clubs, boat clubs, slips, boat yards, berthing, mooring and many other associated businesses.
The International Clean Marina Program is an international, voluntary accreditation system with the goal to reduce non-point source pollution associated with boating/marina facilities, and to promote clean water, clean air and thriving marina industry businesses. Non-point sources of pollution occur when water runs over land, picks up pollutants and then deposits them in surface waters.
Mismanaged pollutants from everyday marina activities can enter a marina basin as non-point source pollution. Of course, marinas and boatyards are not the only source of this type of pollution into our nations waters, and the Clean Marina Program is only part of a much larger effort to reduce non-point sources of pollution into our seas and waterways.
Port Denarau Marina has identified opportunities and implemented practices to control pollution associated with, mechanical activities, slipping/retrieval and storing boat, general maintenance programs, emergency planning, painting & fibreglass repairs, fuelling and facility management.
Fish Friendly Marinas have 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 provide 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 MIAs 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.
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
- Coastal clean-ups
- Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
- Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
- Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics