NSW Environment Minister Awards Marina Accreditations
Published: Monday, 11 August 2014
Three marinas in Sydney’s north have been awarded the Fish Friendly accreditation by Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater and NSW Minister for the Environment.
The presentation was held at The Quays Marina, Church Point. The Quays Marina, along with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and Empire Marina Bobbin Head, located in the Ku-ring-gai National Park, were recognised with the accreditation.
(left to right: Stephen Hosking, The Quays Marina; Rob Stokes MP, Member for Pittwater, NSW Minister for the Environment; Suzanne Davies, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club; Darren Vaux, Vice President MIA & Empire Marina Bobbin Head; Colin Bransgrove, MIA Executive Officer)
Fish Friendly accreditation is a program focusing on marina fish habits and developed by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in collaboration with the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and the NSW Boating Industry Association (BIA).
There are now 11 marinas recognised as Fish Friendly in Australia with several more in the process of accreditation.
“Marinas can provide important habitat for fish,” Stokes says. “The Fish Friendly Marinas program has been developed to inform marina managers on how to maximise benefits for fish, and recognise those operators actively working to improve fish habitat.”
"It is essential marinas continue to set the highest environmental standards," says MIA Vice President and Director of Empire Marina, Darren Vaux. "Marinas are the ideal location for many community members to see and learn about native fish and the aquatic environment. Clean Marinas and the Fish Friendly accreditation add-on demonstrate that industry, with support from government, is best able to set the standards that meet and exceed community and government expectations."