Down at the Dock: Maple Bay Marina Wooden Boat Festival

Clean Marine BC eco-certification flag
flying at Maple Bay Marina
Photo: Michelle Young

Maple Bay Marina’s Wooden Boat Festival took place last weekend at one of GSA’s seven Clean Marine BC eco-rated marinas. The first thing I saw as I arrived was thousands of juvenile salmon in the bay; what a fitting way to start the festival. It seemed a testament to the fact that we can coexist in harmony with nature if we respect the marine environment and allow ecosystems to thrive as we strive to minimize our impact. That is exactly what Clean Marine BC is all about!

I arrived early so I had a wander around the docks. Few things make me happier than the ocean and boats, so it was a great pleasure to see the many well cared for wooden boats entered into the festival. Meeting Carol and Dave Messier of Maple Bay Marina was also special, as they are fantastic hosts and make every effort to employ environmental best practices at their marina, and to share green boating information with their guests.
Wooden Boats at Maple Bay Marina
Photo: Michelle Young
Many people who stopped by our booth were interested in learning about the sewage vessel regulations that came into effect earlier in May. Some expressed frustration that the government is targeting recreational boaters while the capital of our province, Victoria, continues to pump raw sewage into the ocean. We couldn’t agree more about Victoria, which will have treatment within about six years, however each individual can make a difference and it is critical as we utilize our waters that we take the greatest care to minimize any harm we might cause. Others were concerned that they would like to comply with the regulations, however there are not enough pump out facilitiesavailable, making it an extreme inconvenience, or even worse, requiring them to burn extra fuel to make it to one of the few pump outs.
The loophole of being allowed to pump within 3 miles of shore, or within 1 mile in certain circumstances, is a necessary step towards full protection of our waters, as it will help protect near-shore habitat and the coves and bays that boaters love to anchor in. However it is critical that the necessary infrastructure be put in place to allow boaters to pump out without having to go too far out of our way while doing our part for the environment we love so much.
Visit our website to learn more about the new sewage vessel regulations. You can also find out more about our Clean Marine BC marina eco-rating and green boating program. Happy and green boating!

2 thoughts on “Down at the Dock: Maple Bay Marina Wooden Boat Festival

  1. Hi Michelle,<br /><br />I enjoyed reading your blog post. It brought a smile to my face when I read about the juvenile salmon. While I did not recognize the type of fish, I did notice a couple of years ago an increase in the amount of them. So much so I mentioned it in a newsletter (Spring 2010 I think). It was one of the many sights I enjoyed walking the docks.<br /><br />Also, thank you for

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