In the Great Lakes states, more than a dozen marinas are participating in National Marina Day, June 9, 2012. The event, which began in the summer of 2001, encourages marinas to open their doors and introduce the community to the boating lifestyle, while generating exposure for the marina industry. Sponsors include the Army Corps of Engineers, States Organization for Boating Access, and Michigan Boating Industries Association.
Marinas celebrate National Marina Day in a variety of ways including hosting picnics, fishing sessions and marina tours.
Marinas, Clean Up Your Debris!
” Congratulations to Bob Ivancic and Channel Park Marina in Cleveland, Ohio for winning a Marina Clean-Up, sponsored by the Ohio Clean Marinas Program and the NOAA Marine Debris Program! Channel Park will receive a Marina Clean-Up kit to aid in a volunteer-based clean-up. Thank you for doing your part to benefit our coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife!
” For more information about how you can do your part to reduce marine debris, see the NOAA Marine Debris Program at marinedebris.noaa.gov.
Marinas can register at nationalmarinaday.org to access promotional materials and event ideas.
Participants in the Great Lakes
· Piasa Harbor — Godfrey, IL
· Two Rivers Marina — Rockport, IL
· Cedarville Marine — Cedarville, MI
· Copper Harbor State Harbor* — Copper Harbor, MI
· East Tawas State Dock — East Tawas, MI
· Lexington State Harbor* — Lexington, MI
· MacRay Harbor* — Harrison Twshp., MI
· Milliken State Park and Harbor* — Detroit, MI
· Pier 1000 Marina — Benton Harbor, MI
· Pier 33 Marina — St. Joseph, MI
· Terrace Point Marina — Muskegon, MI
· Whitehall Landing Marina — Whitehall, MI
· Algoma Marina — Algoma, WI
· Holiday Lakes Marina — Willard, OH
* Certified Clean Marina.
Marinas — Not just for Boaters
Though National Marina Day provides the community with an opportunity to check out boating for a day, marinas are a vital part of communities for boaters and non-boaters alike. They are gateways to our waterway recreation, they are economic contributors both locally and nationally, and they work hard to protect the waterfront environments on which their businesses sit.
Certified Clean Marinas deserve special recognition on National Marina Day. They have volunteered to go above and beyond required measures to minimize environmental impacts. Visiting a certified Clean Marina is a way to show your support for businesses that care as much for your community as you do. To find a certified marina near you, see the Ohio Clean Marina webpage at ohiocleanmarina.osu.edu.
Contact: Sarah Orlando, Ohio Clean Marinas Program Coordinator, Ohio Sea Grant, 419-609-4120, firstname.lastname@example.org.