The Clean Marina program is designed to show that marina operators
can help safeguard the environment by using management and operations techniques that go
above and beyond regulatory requirements.
Clean Marina is a voluntary program that began in the
summer of 2000. Marina operators who choose to participate must complete an evaluation
form about their use of specific best management practices.
If a marina meets criteria developed by N.C. Marine Trades Services and the Division of
Coastal Management, it will be designated as a Clean Marina. Such marinas will be eligible
to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flags will signal
to boaters that a marina cares about the cleanliness of area waterways.
Marinas that do not meet the standards will be able to learn about improvements needed
for Clean Marina designation. Marina owners can reapply after making the necessary
For information about the program, contact Pat Durrett at 252-808-2808. You can also download a a Clean Marina checklist and
Clean Marina is a nationwide program developed by the National Marine Environmental
Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to clean up waterways for better
recreational boating. The foundation encourages states to adapt Clean Marina principles to
fit their own needs. North Carolina joins South Carolina, Florida and Maryland as states
with Clean Marina programs in place.
The N.C. Clean Marina program is a partnership between N.C. Boating Industry Services, the N.C. Marine Trade Association, the Division of Coastal Management, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, N.C. Sea Grant, the U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary and N.C. Big Sweep.
Clean Marina Program Brochure