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Fish Friendly

Welcome to our fish friendly marina

Clean waterways with healthy fish populations are good news for marinas and the boating industry. Around 70% of boats are used for recreational fishing, so ensuring we have clean water and plenty of fish will contribute to the ongoing appeal of boating and fishing.

As a fish friendly marina, we provide a range of services to our boating and fishing customers in ways that minimise impacts on fish and fish habitat.

Being fish friendly means that you might see some things done slightly differently from other marinas.

Small changes can make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of our local fish.

We welcome your support and participation.

If you’d like to know more, ask us!

What makes us fish friendly?

  • When we build or modify our infrastructure we make sure it is fish friendly.
  • We support fish habitat rehabilitation works in and around the marina.
  • We help prevent the spread of pests by providing facilities for you to maintain clean hulls and internal plumbing.
  • We reduce run off by using first‐flush systems and areas such as lawns and gardens that slow rain water down and help it soak into the soil.
  • We use non‐toxic strippers, cleaners or degreasers and encourage boat owners to do the same.
  • We aim to prevent spills and manage any that do occur by ensuring hard areas are bunded and fitted with catch drains.
  • Our moorings and facilities are designed to minimise the impacts on seagrass beds and other sensitive areas.
  • We provide information about sustainable fishing and how to look after local fish species and habitats.

How you can help

  • Use our pump out and wash‐down facilities
  • Take care when refuelling and use the kits if there is a spill
  • Use the facilities provided to dispose of fish waste
  • Please don’t let your children or visitors feed the birds or fish
  • Tell us if you see a plant or fish you haven’t seen before that could be a pest
  • Avoid damaging seagrass beds around the marina
  • Lend a hand with local fish habitat rehabilitation projects
  • Let us know if there’s something more you think we can do to be more fish friendly!

Further information

Download the 10 Tips for a fish friendly marina booklet (PDF)

Soldiers Point Marina Now a Fish Friendly Marina (18 May 2013)

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Our Sailtime membership for us was such a convenient and cost effective way for us to get out on the water and enjoy the pristine waters of Port Stephens.  The 'walk-on, walk-off system' is a luxury, knowing that everytime you walked on board the vessel everything had been taken care of. Membership has taken us from being 'land lubbers' to avid sailors.  The vessel Liberty is an easy boat to sail...Soldiers Point Marina staff ensured the departure and arrivals back at the marina were seamless and the staff always ready to assist with any of our questions. All the training and vessel familiarisation including a refresher on my 'reverse parking' was comprehensive and confidence building.  Nothing was too much trouble. I'd highly recommend a Sailtime membership, floating luxury!

Anita & Mike McM - Port Stephens