When you go boating, you want to have fun and enjoy yourself. There is nothing wrong with this but it is important to do your part for the environment so everyone will have a safe and enjoyable place for many years to come. Here are five things to remember that will help you have an environmentally friendly time.
1. Don’t Throw Trash into the Water
There is no reason to toss empty beverage containers or food wrappers into your local bodies of water. This causes a great deal of debris and can result in toxic build up over time.
Never throw out plastic six pack holders. If these things get into the water, it’s possible for innocent creatures to be captured and trapped inside of them. This can result in terrible tragedies, including needless loss of life, and pain and suffering.
When you toss garbage into our bodies of water, you make it hard on everyone. It looks terrible and people visiting will think that everyone in Atlantic Canada is thoughtless and selfish. This is not a good way to attract tourism and create good will.
It’s very easy to bring an empty trash bag with you. Fill it up before leaving to go home, and if you see other items discarded, pick them up too. After all, someone has to be responsible.
2. Be Careful with Motor Fluids
When you have to refuel, make sure that none of the gasoline spills into the water. Have a fuel bib for your tank handy. This will catch any spillage and keep it from polluting the eco system. Keep your fuel containers safe and pack an emergency spillage kit. This can include old towels, socks, or any absorbent materials.
3. Wash Your Boat and Trailer
Before you launch your vessel, make sure it is clean. That will keep a lot of unnecessary things from getting into the water. This is very important if you are traveling a long ways. For example, some types of marine life may cling to your hull and become transported to another body of water. This can wreak havoc with certain species when introduced into another waterway.
Make sure to drain all types of water from your vessel after you are done. It’s important to clean your boat after boating also. This way, you won’t have to worry about cleaning before you leave next time.
4. Do You Really Need the Motor?
If you are out fishing, you may only need to use a trolling motor. Consider using oars instead of the outboard motor on smaller vessels. This saves on fossil fuels. Plus, many outboard engines are two cycle, and this means they burn oil with the gasoline. That puts a great deal of pollution into the atmosphere.
5. Do You Need a New Engine?
Is your engine running rough and using a lot of fuel? This could be a good time to replace it with a more efficient motor. Newer engines use much less gas and they put fewer pollutants into the atmosphere. This will not only save you money, but make the world a little cleaner place to live.