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Pines Marina gets DNR certification for clean practices

(Nov. 9, 2017) Ocean Pines Marina was officially re-certified as a Maryland Clean Marina, illustrating a continued commitment to clean marina practices and dedication to the health of Delmarva’s waterways, according to a statement from the association.

“It is very rewarding to exercise environmentally conscious practices at our recreational marina in Ocean Pines,” Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations, said “Marina Manager Ron Fisher and his team work tirelessly to demonstrate a willingness to meet the rigorous pollution-prevention standards established by the Maryland Clean Marina Committee and the Department of Natural Resources.”

The Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution-prevention practices.

Ocean Pines Marina implements an oil-recycling and oil-spill response plan; participates in oyster gardening; executes proper staff training for fire, hurricane, oil and fuel emergencies; maintains a pump-out station and manages waste containment and proper disposal.

The Department of Natural Resources has certified nearly 25 percent of Maryland’s estimated 600 marinas as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners.

The certification demonstrates a high level of clean environmental achievement through knowledge, practice and active participation of the marina’s staff, customers and subcontractors.

Boaters can expect an elevated level of environmental awareness and responsibility when visiting a certified Maryland Clean Marina. Maryland Clean Marinas act to improve and maintain Maryland’s waterways by reducing and eliminating releases and discharges of harmful pollutants, sediments, nutrients, general refuse and anything else that can damage aquatic environments.

Ocean Pines Marina continues to take actions to reduce pollution and improve water quality in the bay, protect both fish and wildlife habitats, and provide continued boating enjoyment for future generations.