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Responsible boating

Many water activities we enjoy as part of our lifestyle can have an impact on the health of our waterways and catchments. Next time you're out on the water, consider the following tips. It's easy to make a difference.

  1. Limit boat wash
  2. Respect fish habitat and breeding areas
  3. Reduce litter and waste from entering our waterways and recycle
  4. Boat maintenance
  5. Boat washing

1. Limit boat wash

Excessive boat speeds are not only dangerous but can have significant environmental impact on creek banks and foreshore areas. It's easy to make a difference.

2. Respect fish habitat and breeding areas

Aquatic animal and plant life are an important part of our ecosystem. More than 350 migratory and non-migratory birds can be found in South-east Queensland. Our mangroves, tidal flats and seagrass beds and wetlands provide vital habitat for juvenile fish, crabs, prawns, dugongs, turtles, water birds, frogs and reptiles. It's easy to make a difference.

3. Reduce litter and waste from entering our waterways and recycle

No piece of rubbish is so small that it can't endanger aquatic plants and animals. It's easy to make a difference.

Visit the Maritime Safety Queensland website for more information on sewage discharge. 

4. Boat maintenance

Activities like cleaning, repairing and painting can often lead to pollution entering our waterways. However, it's easy to make a difference.

5. Boat washing

Legislation

Jetties and boat ramps - local laws protecting you and your assets

Under the Environmental Protection Act it is an offence to release rubbish and pollutants (such as paint, pesticides, oil and other chemicals) to the environment or to allow materials to enter the stormwater drain or the waterway.

Pollution offences may attract on-the-spot fines.

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