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AD-8 DEVELOP A PROJECT TO REDUCE AND PREVENT POLLUTION IN MARINAS, FISHING VILLAGES, AND YACHT CLUBS IN THE SAN JUAN BAY ESTUARY

 

Update 2017: A group of boat owners, fishermen and charters decided to create a campaign, called Estuary's Mega Cleanup, to help clean the eastern axis of the San Juan Bay Estuary in 2013. Although AD-8 was not created until FY 2016-2017, fisherman community and marinas were impacted by an insert of the local newspaper, La Regata, covering the achievements of the Puerto Rico Water Quality Monitoring Day in 2013. In 2014, 500 brochures were distributed to explain how safely to clean and cook fish and crabs. Also, two presentations were given to provide advice about the risk of consuming contaminated fishes and to discuss the findings of the contaminant assessment report. The next step is to design and install four signs with information about fish contaminants and with guidelines on how to safaly clean and cook fish and crabs. 

 

 

8.1 Establish a permanent channel of communication, whether through a memorandum of understanding or another type of agreement, between the SJBEP and representatives of marinas, fishing villages, and yacht clubs within the Estuary to allow a constant flow of information and ideas and help develop trust between the parties. Participants in implementation: PSJBEP (principal), representatives of marinas and yacht clubs within the SJBE

 

Implementation: Short- and medium term. Development of this program would take about 12 months (including development of a proposal for the USFWS).

 

8.2 Study the current situation of the principal marinas, fishing villages, and yacht clubs in the SJBE in terms of their practices and needs for the handling of pollutants. This could be done through an anonymous volunteer questionnaire for users. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), PRDNER’s Clean Watercraft Program, USFWS

 

Implementation: Short-term. Development of this program would take about 12 months (including development of proposal for the USFWS).

 

8.3 Develop a Clean Marinas Handbook or Guide detailing actions that can be taken by users and managers of marinas and yacht clubs to reduce levels of aquatic pollution, similar to the Blue Flag Program for marinas administered by the Organization for a Sustainable Environment (OPAS, for its initials in Spanish). Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), PRDNER’s Clean Watercraft Program, USFWS, PREQB, Puerto Rico Tourism Company

 

Implementation: Short-term. Development of this program would take about 12 months (including development of a proposal for the USFWS).

 

8.4 Develop an educational and training campaign for users and administrators of marinas, fishing villages, and yacht clubs, based on distributing information via the handbook/guide developed in Action 9.3, pamphlets, talks, and signs. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), PRDNER’s Clean Watercraft Program, USFWS, PREQB

 

Implementation: Short-term. Development of this program would take about 12 months (including development of a proposal for the USFWS).

 

8.5 Investigate the possibility of setting up monitoring points for coliforms, oils, and lubricants at the SJBE’s main marinas and yacht clubs. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), representatives of SJBE marinas and yacht clubs

 

Implementation: Short and medium-term. Development of this program would take about 12 months (including development of a proposal for the USFWS).

 

8.6 Analyze the feasibility of installing pumping stations and stations for cleaning portable and fixed toilets, containers for used oil, etc., in marinas and yacht clubs. Participants in implementation: PRDNER’s Clean Watercraft Program (principal), SJBEP, PREQB

 

Implementation: Short-term. Development of this program would take about 12 months (including development of a proposal for the USFWS).