Boating is a beloved pastime that requires us all to be good stewards to the waterways we so enjoy. To keep the waterways a beautiful place to spend time and to preserve them for the next generation, we’ve compiled some tips to keep in mind when you’re about to embark on your next voyage.
Leave No Trace
Every action we take can impact the environment, affecting both wildlife and their habitats. It is important that we take the time to minimize our impact so that we can continue to enjoy our excursions. To that end, the National Parks Service launched a campaign called “Leave No Trace”, with the aim of helping people enjoy nature responsibly. The site encourages everyone to plan ahead and prepare for any excursion, dispose of waste properly, and respect the wildlife.
Know the Law
In particular, when boating, it is important that comply with all state and federal regulations. Each state has specific rules regarding the various species you may encounter, fishing limits, and other limitations on boating activities. Be sure to adhere to all posted waterway signs. Slow speeds (minimum wake) zones, for example, are posted for safety and to protect wildlife or habitats. These signs are enforceable and violations can result in serious fines.
Some common transgressions by boaters include leaving trash, contaminating waterways, encouraging wildlife to become habituated to human food, and damaging vegetation. Seagrass, for example, is an important food source to wildlife and also acts as a filter to purify waters. To help avoid their disruption, do your best to stay in deep or familiar channels.
Responsible boating means more than sharing the water with other boaters. Boaters must do their part to maintain these incredible ecosystems so we can continue to enjoy them in the future. The Carefree Boat Club is doing its part to ensure that all its boats are safe and clean by conducting a 50 point weekly inspection check on its entire fleet. Contact us when you’re ready for your next responsible boating adventure.