Royal QLD Yacht Squadron certified ‘fish friendly’

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS), located in the Brisbane suburb of Manly has been certified a ‘Fish Friendly Marina’ by the Marina Industries Association.

Fish Friendly Marinas is an information campaign and accreditation system focusing on marina fish habits and developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in collaboration with the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and the Boating Industry Association.

The initiative is attached to MIA’s International Clean Marinas Program and is available to marinas across the Asia Pacific region. Additional fish friendly criteria and an audit are requirements to achieve ‘Fish Friendly Marina’ accreditation.

RQYS is the first marina to be accredited in the Brisbane area and joins 20 marinas now recognised as ‘Fish Friendly’ throughout Australia and south east Asia. The initiative has received positive support from numerous government departments and authorities across Australia.

“Marinas can provide important habitat for fish. The Fish Friendly Marinas program has been developed to inform marina managers on how to maximise benefits for fish and recognise those operators actively working to improve fish habitat,” said MIA Executive Director, Colin Bransgrove in presenting the award to Shawn Ket, General Manager and David McTaggart, Marina and Facilities Manager at RQYS.

“I congratulate Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in recognising its achievement today as an additional certification to the Club’s Level 3 International Clean Marina status. The certification is indicative on the Club’s significant commitment to protecting and preserving the marina’s valuable marine habitat and communicating its efforts to customers and visitors.”

David McTaggart said the initiative is an important development. “It is essential marinas continue to set the highest environmental standards. Marinas are the ideal location for many community members to see and learn about native fish and the aquatic environment. Clean Marinas and the Fish Friendly accreditation add-on demonstrate that industry, with support from government, is best able to set the standards that meet and exceed community and government expectations.”

“We are proud to be accredited with this new environmental initiative and are committed to ensuring our marina is of the highest environmental standard through participation in programs such as Clean Marinas. We have all fully embraced the opportunity to meet the Fish Friendly criteria.” Mr McTaggart said.

Shawn Ket, General Manager said, “We will continue to support the MIA in these very important programs which demonstrate the industry’s commitment to sustainable practices.  The MIA leads the industry in developing consistent best practice management of the waterways in which marinas operate and Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is very proud to uphold such practices.”