New York Sea Grant's
Marina Pollution Prevention Web Site
Section 5: Facility
- Fish Waste
Potential Environmental Impacts
Too much fish waste in a poorly circulated marina basin can lower
oxygen levels in the water. As the waste decomposes, it can lead
to foul odor and fish kills. Floating fish parts are also an unsightly
addition to marina waters.
of fish waste in the marina basin. Post signs displaying the rules.
Do not permit
fish cleaning on docks and floats.
a fish cleaning station at your marina. For examples of commercially
manufactured cleaning stations, click
the fish cleaning stations with signs that list the rules and
regulations for their use.
water from fish cleaning areas to a sand filter or sanitary sewer.
It should be free of solids.
Use one of
the following disposal methods:
fish waste where appropriate and use compost on landscaping.
here, fact sheet for more information.
boaters to freeze fish parts and reuse them as bait or chum
on the next fishing trip. Use grinder to make chum out of fish
carcasses. Freeze and sell chum at marina store.
- If composting
or freezing is not an option, encourage boaters to double-bag
their fish parts and throw out in their regular trash.
boaters to clean fish offshore where the fish are caught and discard
of the fish in unrestricted waters, unless there are length limits
for the type of fish caught.
In New York,
state law prohibits the disposal of fish waste on the land or
into the water within 100 feet of the shoreline (Environmental
Conservation Law § 11-1321 Section 6, click
management ordinances might prohibit the discharge of fish waste
within the jurisdiction of the harbor management plan. Check with
local harbor management committee or harbormaster, if applicable.
fish waste into an enclosed water body may be a violation of the
local health code. Check with your municipal or county health