Protect, Collect and Dispose
Antifouling Best Practice
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
Following on from the successful, award-winning DIY Safe Antifouling programme launched in 2017, the British Coatings Federation (BCF), The Green Blue (RYA and British Marine) and the Yacht Harbour Association (YHA) have launched the ‘Protect, Collect & Dispose’ initiative focused on environmental best practice when antifouling boats.
Whilst antifouling does a great job of keeping our hulls clean, and even has some environmental benefits such as improving fuel efficiency and preventing the spread of invasive non-native species, it is toxic to aquatic life. Most antifouls are copper or zinc based. Some of the compounds found in these antifouls can accumulate in marine organisms, and can find their way into marine wildlife further up the food chain.
It is therefore important for the recreational boating community to do all they can to collect and dispose of antifoul paint responsibly, as we have a duty to protect the environment that we use for our work and leisure time.
The initiative has set out environmental best practice for DIY antifouling as well as for marinas and boatyards who offer professional antifouling services. By following this best practice you, your club, organisation or business can all help to keep our waters clean and healthy.
WHAT CAN I DO?
HELP RAISE AWARENESS
Support the ‘Protect, Collect & Dispose Initiative’
Follow @TheGreenBlue and use #ProtectCollectDispose on social media to find out the latest antifouling best practice top tips and help share these amongst your boating community.
Find out more about antifoul paint and adopt ‘Protect Collect and Dispose’ best practice next time you remove, apply and dispose of antifouling from your boat.