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Carrabelle Boat Club Creates Innovative Program for Fish-Waste Disposal
Congratulations to Carrabelle Boat Club(CBC) for their continual improvement as a Florida Department of Environmental Protection designated Clean Marina. The Carrabelle Boat Club was designated as a Clean Marina in 2008 and became a Clean & Resilient Marina in 2015. Recently, the facility implemented an innovative best practice for fish-waste disposal. The boat club collects the fish waste from its boaters and then buries the waste in its community garden to use as fertilizer. Boaters and CBC staff benefit from the community garden, which grows cabbage, turnips and strawberries. The garden even includes roses! They share the garden with anyone who wants to partake or just appreciate its beauty. Thanks to all the staff who made it possible - Caden Barber, Marina Director; Andrew Waller, Dock Master; and Clarinse Lowary, Groundskeeper, who created the fish-carcass recycling process. Check out the photos of CBC's community garden.
Congratulations to Waterlefe Marina Club for becoming a newly designated Clean Marina in spring 2021! This residential marina is located in Bradenton, directly on the Manatee River. Waterlefe's entire shoreline features native vegetation such as palms, shrubs, tree, and mangroves, making the living shoreline a great buffer for the marina facilities. Waterlefe includes 59 wet slips for the area's clean boating community and provides education and outreach to its boaters. Waterlefe marks 323 clean marinas in Florida and the eighth marina in Manatee County.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.