If you are fortunate enough to sail or own a boat, it’s just as important as when driving, to do as much as possible to keep our oceans clean. Just like with cars, use funnels to change oil and antifreeze and try to use solar power and charges where possible, and eco-friendly boat cleaning products. The Green Blue has lots of advice for eco-friendly boating, along with an extensive resource directory of suitable products.
Take all your litter with you, and use a personal ashtray to stub out butts until you can find a bin). Anglers can also help by recycling fishing line and waste. Monomaster is a nifty little invention fro the Netherlands. Unlike conventional fishing line bins (which can encourage birds to nest and get tangled) this keeps line and tackle safe until you can safely dispose of it, but prevents it ends up as ‘ghost fishing waste’.
Whether you sail for leisure or run a charter company, take the 4-day WiSe Scheme course, which shows how to protect wildlife while you sail, and you get a certificate which you can put on your literature, and show off on your flag.
If you sail abroad in Florida or the Caribbean, read up on boating tips to protect manatees (these gentle sea-cows are often injured by boats or jet-skis). The same tips hold good to protect other species.