Australia’s waterways are some of the world’s best, but if we neglect them they won’t stay that way.There are marine environment protection rules which all boaties are required to comply with. Native mammals, birds and reptiles are protected and it is illegal to pollute the waterways in any way.
Waterway protection checklist
- Take your rubbish with you when you leave a beach.
- Don’t throw rubbish or food overboard. Take all refuse ashore with you on your return.
- Refuel ashore on land well away from the water and shorelines.
- Check that your bilges have no leaks, are clean and free from oil and fuel.
- Stay clear of Seagrass areas.
- Watch your wash and wake.The larger the wake the greater the damage to the shorelines.
- Keep an active lookout to avoid harming protected marine life.
- Be mindful of your noise levels. Noise disturbs wildlife and people.
Every year, humpback whales and southern right whales migrate along the NSW coastline. They head north throughout June and July, and return southwards from around September to November.
Skippers remember, whales are protected animals. When you sight whales you should follow the regulations for whale watching.