Clean Marinas expand to UAE and Fiji
Marinas in Dubai and Port Denarau added to accreditation program.
The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has announced the first Fish Friendly Marina accreditations in the UAE and the South Pacific. The new additions are the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Resort Marina in Dubai and Port Denarau Marina in Fiji which were approved as accredited by the MIA board in early May.
MIA president Andrew Chapman CMM said the accreditations represent a significant milestone in the development of the global marina industry.
“Both these marinas are in emerging and strong marina growth regions. They are setting the benchmark for others to follow. What is also pleasing is that the marinas are using the Clean Marina program guidelines as an environmental template to upgrade facilities and services and for the environmental education of their clients and communities.”
Liyanage Kithsiri, marina manager at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, said it was a high priority to ensure that the hotel’s marine environmental assets are in the best possible condition.
“The hotel is committed to being an environmental showcase and leader for the protection and enhancement of UAE’s marine environment.”
The marina is actively involved with the Dubai Ministry for Climate Change and Environment to establish opportunities to support healthy fish habitats and to educate boating and general resort users about ways to maintain and improve the health of the marine environment.
Port Denarau Marina is the largest marina in Fiji and provides for both commercial and recreational boats. The marina achieved Level 3 Clean Marina accreditation as well as the additional Fish Friendly accreditation. The auditor was particularly impressed by the significant efforts of the marina’s managing director, Nigel Skeggs, to improve environmental practices in Fiji including contributing to the writing of a new Environmental Code of Practice and Fiji’s Clean Boating Program.
“Achieving Clean Marina and Fish Friendly Marina accreditation is very important for the marina and the wider community,” said Skeggs. “The accreditation criteria provided a framework for us to plan and prioritise our infrastructure spending.
“In a fast-developing marine tourism destination such as Fiji, it is important that marinas such as ours play a strong environmental leadership role. The Clean Marina program has provided important guidelines for us to provide this leadership. Our team are very proud of what we have achieved.”