Keep vessel, environment shipshape

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, in partnership with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, has updated the “Managing Boat Wastes” publication and developed other new educational materials to help boaters care for their vessel while minimizing impacts to the environment, states a press release.

The program, partially funded by a grant received under the federal Clean Vessel Act, provides helpful tips to safely operate and maintain vessels without impacting the environment.

Important information on the handling of used oil, fuel spills and solvents are included, with proper disposal of vessel wastewater highlighted.

Phone numbers, locations, and instructions for use of each pump-out facility throughout Hawaii’s small boat harbor system are provided on a brochure that can be kept on-board for future reference.

The brochure is available online at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dbor/dbor.

“DLNR’s goal is to preserve and protect our coastal resources,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson, in the release.

“With the increasing amount of statewide boating activity, boaters need to be informed of the impacts their boat’s waste may have on the environment. There are currently seven pump-out facilities available throughout Hawaii’s small boat harbor system and DLNR is aggressively seeking funding as well as moving forward with projects to increase this number,” Young said in the release.

“Providing adequate facilities as well as educating the public is essential if we are to reduce the amount of waste entering Hawaii’s near shore waters,” states the release.

The boating information is also available to the public, at no charge, at the harbormaster office at 4370 Kukui Grove St., Suite 109 in Lihue.

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