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'BOAT SMART' -- BOAT GREEN

 NORTHVILLE, Mich., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Recreational boaters and others who use and enjoy marine waters should be concerned with keeping the waters clean and marine life prospering. The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), along with its 320 members around the state, are asking boaters to do their part and boat smart by being environmentally conscious boaters.
 The U.S. Coast Guard says that more than 14 billion pounds of crew wastes, gear and cargo are lost or dumped into the oceans every year form vessels involved in recreational boating, commercial fishing, merchant ships, passenger service, and other marine-related activities. The MBIA recommends the following tips for boaters to help keep the marine environment clean:
 1. Stow trash where it will not get washed or blown overboard -- it can harm marine creatures, tangle boat props, clog intakes and litter beaches.
 2. If not available, ask marinas to provide convenient waste disposal and recycling facilities.
 3. Cut loops from six-pack rings before disposing of them and never discard fishing line overboard.
 4. For toilet waste, use marine pump-out facilities or empty portable toilets at home. Never dispose waste at sea.
 5. Make sure the boat motor doesn't leak gas or oil, don't drain engine fluids into the bilge or into the water and don't spill fuel while fueling tanks.
 6. Place a bilge "pillow" (an oil-absorbing sponge available in marine stores) in the bilge to remove oil from the bilge water.
 7. Retrieve marine debris you encounter whenever possible.
 Pick up your free "Boat Smart Info-cards" at the participating MBIA member location nearest you. Call 1-800-932-2628 or 313-344-1330 for locations near you. The MBIA "Boat Smart" promotion is scheduled to continue each year during the boating season.
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 /CONTACT: Van W. Snider Jr., CAE, or Nicki Carl of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, 313-344-1330 or 800-932-2628/


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