Title Page
 Table of Contents
 List of participants
 Acronym index
 Gulf of Mexico program perspec...
 Boater's pledge for a clean Gulf...
 Boaters marine debris monitoring...
 Citizens report form for observed...
 Alabama boater's pledge progra...
 Florida boaters and fishermen's...
 Getting the job done: organizing,...
 Involving Louisiana boaters in...
 Launch site captains
 Lower Amite River protection...
 Louisiana boaters & fishermen's...
 State of Mississippi boaters and...
 Sample monthly report - October...
 Texas boater's pledge update

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Title: Boaters and angler's pledge meeting proceedings
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Table of Contents
    Title Page
        Title Page 1
        Title Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents 1
        Table of Contents 2
    List of participants
        Unnumbered ( 6 )
    Acronym index
        Unnumbered ( 7 )
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Gulf of Mexico program perspective
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Boater's pledge for a clean Gulf - a chronology
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Boaters marine debris monitoring programs...
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Citizens report form for observed marine pollution sightings
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
    Alabama boater's pledge program
        Page 13
        Page 14
    Florida boaters and fishermen's pledge program makes progress
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Getting the job done: organizing, motivating, and rewarding boaters in marine debris cleanups
        Page 17
        Page 18
    Involving Louisiana boaters in marine debris clean up programs
        Page 19
    Launch site captains
        Page 20
    Lower Amite River protection assocation
        Page 21
        Page 22
    Louisiana boaters & fishermen's pledge program - a chronology
        Page 23
        Page 24
    State of Mississippi boaters and fishermen pledge report
        Page 25
    Sample monthly report - October 1992
        Page 26
    Texas boater's pledge update
        Page 27
        Page 28
Full Text

May 1993 TP 68

Boaters and Anglers' Pledge Meeting

Proceedings December 1992

Marion L. Clarke

research, extension, and education for a better coastal environment.

no. 68
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Boaters and Anglers' Pledge Meeting Proceedings

compiled by Marion L. Clarke
Program Leader Florida Sea Grant Extension Program
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110405
Gainesville, FL 32611-0405

For copies of this publication contact:

Florida Sea Grant Publications
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110409
Gainesville, FL 32611-0409



May 1993

The development of this summary was funded in part by the Environmental
Protection Agency cooperative agreement 820818-01 under the Gulf of Mexico Program.




Table of Contents

List of Participants ........................................
Acronym Index ...........................................
Introduction ..............................................
Gulf of Mexico Program Perspective ............................
Boater's Pledge for a Clean Gulf ..............................
Boaters Marine Debris Monitoring Programs from the Mid-Atlantic and
New Approaches and Topics for Boater Education .................
Alabama's Boaters' Pledge Program .............: ..............
Florida Boaters and Fishermen's Pledge Program Makes Progress .....
Getting the Job Done: Organizing, Motivating, and Rewarding Boaters
in Marine Debris Cleanups .................................
Involving Louisiana Boaters in Marine Debris Clean up Programs ....
Louisiana Boaters & Fishermen's Pledge Program A Chronology .....
State of Mississippi Boaters and Fishermen Pledge Report ..........
Texas Boater's Pledge Update ................................


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Boaters and Anglers' Pledge Program
List of Participants in Coordinator's Workshop

December, 1992 Tarpon Springs, FL


Laura Radde speaker

Bill Holland

Nancy Holland

David Ruple

Phillip Hinesley

Mike Liffmann speaker

Ron Schmied

Villere Reggio speaker

Jane Reggio

Don Sweat

Bill Mahan

Jay Humphreys

Angela Farias

Teri Martin

Mike Farley

Heidi Lovett

Margaret Podlich speaker

Sonya Wood speaker

Ann Neyrey

John G. Adams

Barbara Coltharp

Bill Prosser

Robert Stender

Marion L. Clarke




Mississippi Boaters Pledge

Mississippi DWFP

Alabama DECA

Louisiana Sea Grant

NMFS/St. Pete, FL

MMS/New Orleans

New Orleans

Florida Sea Grant

Florida Sea Grant/Melbourne

Florida Sea Grant/Gainesville

Texas General Land Office

Texas General Land Office

U.S. Coast Guard/Wash, DC

Center for Marine Consv/FL

Center for Marine Consv/DC

Florida Sea Grant/Pensacola



LA Boaters Pledge Program


US Navy

Florida Sea Grant/Gainesville


























Acronym Index

AFS American Fisheries Society
CAC Citizen Advisory Committee (GMP)
CG Coast Guard
CMC Center for Marine Conservation
CZM Coastal Zone Management
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
GCCA- Gulf Coast Conservation Association
GMP Gulf of Mexico Program
MARPOL International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
MD Marine Debris
MMC Marine Mammal Commission
MMS Minerals Management Service
MERP Marine Entanglement Research Program
PRB Policy Review Board (GMP)
SFI Sports Fishing Institute
TX GLO Texas General Land Office
TPGWTF Take Pride Gulf Wide Task Force
TPGWP Take Pride Gulf Wide Program
TSC Technical Steering Committee (GMP)


Laura Radde and Bill Holland

The Gulf of Mexico Boaters' Pledge Program is de-
signed to gain volunteer cooperation and support for
ending the debris problem in the Gulf; especially
that portion of the problem that can be attributed to
recreational boaters and anglers.
Created from the ground up, the project was direct-
ed at a Gulf user group that is not easily reached
due to its lack of institutionalization. The Gulf of
Mexico Program (GMP) participants felt that other
groups had been adequately addressed regarding the
marine debris problem through their existing indus-
try networks or via regulatory requirements. The
GMP listened to its state, industry, and other part-
ners, and agreed to pursue this worthwhile effort by
acting as the central coordinating point for the Gulf
of Mexico Boaters' Pledge Program.
The 1992 Boaters' Pledge Coordinators meeting
focused not only on lessons learned and accomplish-

ments to date, but also included discussions on eval-
uating the success of current methods, so we can
more effectively address the marine debris problem.
The program is designed to build on each success, so
that it is not limited only to its original focus, but
may change as the need arises. Already, individual
states are beginning to incorporate subjects such as
living resource protection and boating safety into
their pledge programs.
New spin-off programs, successful methodologies
and even failures are being shared across state
boundaries through this regional program. The goal
of personal stewardship is being realized in the Gulf
of Mexico through the Boaters' Pledge Program. To
date, over 10,000 boaters and anglers have signed a
pledge to take pride in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico Program Perspective

Laura Radde

December 9, 1992

EPA and the Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) have
been supporting and coordinating the Gulf of Mexico
Boater's Pledge Program for several years. Until
recently, however, there had been no federal money
to support a Gulf-Wide Program. Because the States
were so enthusiastic about the program, they agreed
to take on lead responsibility for Boater's Pledge
Pilot Programs in their respective states, with mate-
rials and guidance being provided through the GMP.
Late in 1991, the Gulf of Mexico Program was able
to contribute $220,000 to support the creation and
implementation of a Gulf-Wide Boater's Pledge Pro-
gram. While the States continue to take the lead for
implementation, the GMP provides the communica-
tion network across the Gulf states and the guidance
which retains the "regional solution to a regional
problem" theme of the Program. It is important that
the individual Programs do not lose sight of the
original purpose of helping boaters to treat the Gulf

as a system. The notion that trash deposited in one
state may easily end up on the coast of another lends
to the cooperative nature of the Gulf-Wide Program.
Individual States can not solve the problem alone.
The Gulf Program can not thank the state leaders
and their volunteers enough for their patience and
hard work during the pilot phase of the program.
The Gulf of Mexico Program is proud to present a
special certificate to each of these individuals for
their dedication and support for the program. They
include: Villere Reggio, Barbara Coltharp, Angela
Farias, Nancy Holland, Dave Ruple, Phillip Hinesley,
Marion Clarke, Barbara Sheen Todd, John Adams,
Gerrie McMullin, and Ann Neyrey. The certificate
Take Pride Gulf Wide
In appreciation for your efforts to develop and imple-
ment the first Gulf-Wide Fishermens and Boaters'
Pledge for the Gulf of Mexico.


Boater's Pledge for a Clean Gulf A Chronology

Villere Reggio

"Before there was a Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Program
there was a Marine Debris Issue." The garbage
barge, concern for dirty Texas beaches, and identified
oil and gas trash on Texas' beaches brought this
issue to the Gulf and the MMS.

National and International Focus on "Marine Debris"

MERP James Coe, Seattle with emphasis on pacific
coast entanglement problems.

MARPOL Annex V International plastics prohibi-

Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control
Act Encouraged federal leadership of voluntary
actions to control marine pollution from solid waste,
as well as research & education.

Persistent Marine Debris Challenge and Re-
sponse a report further encouraging federal leader-
ship and support in educational programs and stimu-
lating voluntary actions to stem the tide of marine
litter from all user groups.

Take Pride In America Campaign and Program (1987)

Initiated by Secretary Department of the Interior as
a national campaign to focus public attention on
abuse and misuse of public lands and waters while
encouraging voluntary participation by individuals
and organizations in communities to care for Amer-
ica's public resources. Looking to recognize innova-
tive initiatives accomplishing these objectives.

MMS was invited to work with the Louisiana Sea
Grant on a fishermen/ boater specific "Trash Bash"
Fishing tournament litter education and control
project. We were impressed enough to seek and get
national recognition through TPIA awards program.
MMS has since used this project in association with
promotion of the boater's pledge project at Louisiana
fishing tournaments and highly recommends it as an
effective strategy.

Take Pride Gulf Wide Task Force (1987/88)

Finger pointing at the oil industry and MMS, the

overseer of the offshore oil and gas operations, led to
director's task force on marine debris in the GOM.
Besides rallying action, support and cooperation from
oil industry, the task force attempted to expand and
promote gulfwide, excellent voluntary initiatives
such as statewide beach cleanup and adoption pro-
grams started in Texas by CMC & TX GLO.

Like many national fads the "boaters' pledge" concept
got its start on the west coast. As an advisor to the
Director seeking ideas to implement on his TPGW
Task Force I sought and found an idea promoted by
Natural Resources consultants working on solutions
to the marine debris problem with a pacific coast
commercial fishing organization called the Highliner
Association. It was called Fishermen's Pledge For A
Clean Ocean which encouraged commercial fisher-
men to take the pledge and purchase for $25 a
plaque for their wheelhouse commemorating the
deed. We ordered the plaque under task force name
but before the director responded to the idea the Gulf
of Mexico program was created along with the Ma-
rine Debris (MD) Subcommittee.

Gulf of Mexico Program (1988)

GMP invited MMS to participate and be Federal co-
chair of the MD Subcommittee. Accepted and
brought initiatives already started under the TPGW
Task Force including Boater's Pledge" idea to the
EPA sponsored program.

Marine Debris Subcommittee Proposal (1989)

Subcommittee revised wording with a strong focus on
recreational boaters, especially boating fishermen.

TSC, PRB, & CAC Endorsement, Approval
and Encouragement (1989)

The subcommittee budgeted funds for support mate-
rials (programmatic decals, brochure, and fact
sheets) and applied for an EPA pollution prevention
set aside grant proposal ($337,500) Not funded but
exposed project concept to many important officials
and generated discussion, encouragement and docu-
mented support for the idea (SFI, AFS, MMC, GCCA,

CG, NOAA, Gulf States).

Pilot Projects (1990)

Pinellas County (Clearwater and Tampa Bay Flori-

Rockport Texas (TLO & CAC include fishermen
without boats- developed wallet sized pledge cards
and fish rulers)

Coastal Alabama (tested project in selected coastal
locations with county cooperation)

State Leadership and Initiative emerges (1991)

Alabama CZM grant published brochure & pro-
moted project throughout coastal counties

Mississippi BMR three year commitment hired
a part time employee with single purpose, dynamic
project coordinator

Louisiana Statewide leap published brochure
and implemented project statewide through key
group and organization sponsors.

Pinellas County seeks state support finds Sea
Grant with established marine extension network

Marine Debris Action Plan (Oct., 1991)

1st Boater's Pledge Workshop (June, 1991)
Presidential Declaration "Year of the Gulf of Mexico"

EPA Invests $220,000 in Gulf Boater's Pledge Pro-
2nd Boater's and Angler's Pledge Workshop (Dec.,
Boater's and Fishermen's Pledge Survey for CZM '93
Gulf Boaters and Fishermen Take Pride in the Gulf
of Mexico!

* Need programmatic slide show or video


Keep focus on the primary target group (boaters &

Try to get more proactive participation through the
public & private sectors (Other state agencies,
FWS, NMFS, COE, etc.) Remind them about na-
tional legislation encouraging their leadership in
solving the marine debris problem. Make them feel
this is as much their project as yours! If MMS can
do it, all executive agencies with marine steward-
ship responsibilities can do it.

Get support from the printed and visual media -
focus on special events like earth day, national
boating week, national hunting and fishing day,
boat shows, fishing tournaments, etc.

Don't just sign them up and forget them Use your
mail list to network the program, build resolve, and
spread program visibility and support from commit-
ted participants.

We need more bottom up as well as top down lead-
ership in this program. You'll know it's a success
when the boaters and fishermen in your state have
made this THEIR project.


Boaters Marine Debris Monitoring Programs from the Mid-Atlantic and New Approaches
and Topics for Boater Education

Margaret Podlich
Project Director, Pollution Prevention Program
Center for Marine Conservation
1725 DeSales Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20036
phone 202-429-5609
FAX 202-872-0619

I. Opportunities for Boaters to Report Violations
of Marine Debris Laws


In 1990 the Center for Marine Conservation re-
ceived a grant from EPA to develop and evaluate a
program for citizen reporting of violations of the
international MARPOL Annex V treaty and the
national Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Con-
trol Act. This "Citizen Pollution Patrol" program was
designed to increase awareness of the marine debris
problem among the maritime community and to
enlist their participation in a pilot program to report
violations. The work was conducted by CMC in the
Annapolis, Maryland area, and by New Jersey Sea
Grant in the Barnegat Bay, Manasquan Inlet area.
Activities took place from December 1990 through
December 1991.

How we did.it:

To implement the Citizen Pollution Patrol (CPP),
the project team conducted several tasks. We identi-
fied the roles of federal agencies in enforcing the
MPPRCA and the information required from a citi-
zen reporting a violation. At the state and local
level, we found out what actions enforcement agen-
cies had taken with regard to disposal of marine
debris, and what laws backed them up. Based on
this knowledge, we developed appropriate education-
al materials, including a citizens report form (see
page 8). We also created an outreach plan to reach
as many boaters and people associated with the
water as possible.
Once the strategy was developed, there were three
keys to success for the one-year project: cooperation,
information dissemination, and motivation. At all

Three topics were covered:

I. Opportunities for boaters to report violations of
marine debris laws.
II. New federal sewage pump-out bill passed.
III. Additional environmental education for

times, the project team fostered cooperation between
different groups, and agencies. For example, both
the Baltimore Coast Guard and the Maryland Natu-
ral Resources Police are able to enforce marine litter
laws. We worked with them to develop a system
where Coast Guard received the reports for large
violations, and Maryland received the reports for
smaller violations.
Since the project was so short, we used every
means possible to get our information out. Any op-
portunity for coverage on the radio, or in a newspa-
per, magazine, or newsletter was seized. When we
didn't feel we were reaching enough people, we chose
other paths, including sending an educational post-
card out to all registered boat owners (33,000) in the
project area! The project team sought out and ful-
filled as many speaking engagements as possible.
Donated space at area boat shows was also used as a
way to achieve direct contact with others.
Along with this communication with area boaters,
we encouraged the "domino effect." We asked our
audiences and other supporters to share our informa-
tion with others, in any way possible. Some passed
information to boaters across the dock, or with a ,
marina operator. Others posted posters at their club,
or inserted information into a newsletter. Through
the domino effect, we were able to significantly mul-
tiply the effects of a small, one year project.
Finally, we sought to motivate boaters by giving
them the ability to make a difference in their marine
environment. We enabled them to make a citizen
report if they witnessed suspected marine debris
violations. There was a range of reactions to the
citizen reporting information. Some boaters eagerly
accepted this information, and looked at it as a re-
sponsibility they had to the marine environment.
Others were not so eager to "fink" on fellow boaters.
Despite the range of reactions, the project successful-
ly equipped those who want to know how to report a
violation with the information they need to do it.


There were five major accomplishments of the pro-
gram. First, the New Jersey and Maryland teams
raised the awareness of tens of thousands of boaters
and educated them to help increase voluntary com-
pliance with the law. Second, we alerted boaters
how to identify a marine debris violation. Third, we
enabled them to make strong violation reports to the
proper authorities. Fourth, we alerted boaters that
others are watching out for violations, and finally,
we brought them into helping solve the problem of
marine debris at a personal level.


The one year pilot program did not result in a large
number of citizen reports in New Jersey and Mary-
land. However, it did illustrate opportunities and
impediments to productive citizen reporting for ma-
rine debris violations. It also showed the benefits of
a concentrated education project. As a result of this
knowledge, a national form for citizens reporting has
been made, and is now distributed by the Center for
Marine Conservation.
The information gained in the pilot is being used to
implement a citizen reporting campaign for cruise
line ships. Future passengers are being educated
about the problems of marine debris and the laws
that restrict overboard disposal, and are equipped
with a report form and knowledge on how to docu-
ment violations at sea. As a result of this work, two
very large cases have been documented in the last
few months and are now in the hands of enforcement
Citizen reporting is a topic that can easily be incor-
porated into the great education work being done in
the Gulf of Mexico area on the topic of marine debris.
It has many advantages, and can help increase vol-
untary compliance with the law. For more informa-
tion, or help in establishing a program in your state,
please contact me.

II. New Federal Sewage Pumpout Bill Passed


On November 4th, 1992 President Bush signed a
new federal boat sewage pump-out bill into law.
This bill, HR 5617 from the 102nd Congress, will
help address the lack of available onshore facilities
for disposing of boat sewage.
It is against federal law to pump raw sewage over-

board within three miles of the shore. However, in
many boating areas, there are not adequate onshore
pumping facilities and it extremely difficult for most
boaters to comply with this federal regulation. This
new law should help remedy this problem.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now develop-
ing guidance for the law. This guidance will include
information such as what number of facilities is
considered adequate, and the appropriate types of
stations onshore. These are due out for public com-
ment by February 4th, and should be final in six
After the guidance is final, the states will get noti-
fication of the program, and its requirements, and
the availability of federal funds to provide 75% of
costs for new pumpout facilities. The law creates a
five-year program to increase awareness about
pumpout, and increase its availability to the recre-
ational boaters.


There will be opportunities in the next few years
for states to gain federal assistance for boat sewage
pumpout facilities. This is an environmental topic
that your program may be able to address through
expanded education efforts to area boaters. Distrib-
uting information on the need to use onshore facili-
ties, and publicizing their locations, could be a natu-
ral extension of the Boaters' Pledge work.

III. Additional Environmental Education for Boaters.


CMC is currently conducting a pilot program in the
Santa Monica Bay, California area that is exploring
education and outreach to boaters on a range of
environmental topics. The program is designed to
address local boaters' concerns about the environ-
ment, educate them about their impact on the Bay,
and get them involved in Bay issues.


Through the development of a steering committee
made up of representatives from the marine commu-
nity, the program will be developed around several
environmental issues of local concern. At this time,
it appears these topics will include marine de-
bris/solid waste/recycling, as well as sewage.

An environmental workshop for boaters will be
developed for the late spring, and used as a gather-
ing point for interested marine community members.
At the workshop, boaters will be educated about
these issues, but will work together to develop a local
action agenda for the issues. The project will help
boaters get involved in local environmental issues,
and the action items are designed to increase that


The pilot program schedule is September 1992
through September 1993. CMC hopes to use it as a
pilot to develop a national program for recreational
boaters on a wide range of environmental topics.

Citizens Report Form for
Observed Marine Pollution Sighting

If you witness a vessel dumping garbage or other pollutants overboard, please fill out this form and submit the
information to the proper authority listed on the back. With your help, both federal and state officials can better
enforce marine pollution laws. In addition, educational materials can be sent to suspected violators, to help them
learn about MARPOL Annex V and other environmental protection laws.

Identification of Observer:


Affiliation Agency or Organization:

Mailing Address:

Phone number: (H) (W)

Observation Information:

Observation made from: (circle one) shore boat other (describe)

(Optional) if from boat, name or identity of boat you are on:

Specific location of boat (use loran coordinates, waterway name, etc.), or place on shore (use street and town
name), where observation was made:

Date and local time of observation:

Vessel Suspected of Violation:

Name of vessel:

Type of vessel: (circle one) tanker / cargo / passenger carrier / fishing / sailboat / motorboat / other


Registration state and number or flag of ship if foreign:

Approximate length and other descriptive information about vessel:

Draft condition (circle one): loaded / light

Approximate course and speed:

Position of vessel discharging, if different from your position:

If offshore, approximate distance from land: nautical miles


Particulars of discharge you saw:

Reason for suspecting the ship:

Any other vessels in immediate vicinity of suspected ship: yes no

Where was discharge coming from? bow / midships / stern / port / starboard / other (describe)

Type of discharge: garbage / oil / drums / construction material / other (describe)

Describe the discharge materials: (i.e. number of bags)

Approximate dimensions of discharge:

Percentage of area covered by discharge:

Observer's name and signature:

Witness' name and signature:


This information has been reported to: Coast Guard Headquarters / Coast Guard Marine Safety Office /
Other (who?)

Via: VHF radio / telephone / FAX / mail / other (how?)

What should you do with this information:

Please use the following guidelines to determine which enforcement agency or citizens group can best use your
information. Even if the agencies can not respond immediately to your report, it is important that they know of
these suspected violations. If possible, take a photo or video of the incident.

If you witness a large oil slick, try to document the slick with a VCR or camera. Then contact the U.S. Coast
Guard headquarters in Washington DC, and ask for a contact at the USCG Marine Safety Office nearest you. Call
(202) 267-6714.

If you see a large oil slick, try to document the slick with a VCR or camera. Then contact the U.S. Coast Guard by
way of the National Response Center at: 1-800-424-8802. This toll-free number is operated 24 hours a day.

If you see a smaller dumping incident (i.e. repeated overboard dumping in a specific area or by a specific boater,
attempt to determine if your state has a natural resource police office. If so, report the violation to them. If not,
contact your nearest USCG Marine Safety Office.

If you have only a little information on an incident, or if you have seen a very small violation (i.e., one item
thrown overboard), fill out this form and send it to: Center for Marine Conservation, 1725 DeSales St. NW, Wash-
ington, DC 20036; 202-429-5609 or FAX 202-872-0619. Please try to include the boat's registration number and
state, so we can send the owner educational materials about marine debris and overboard dumping restrictions.

Alabama Boater's Pledge Program

by Phillip Hinesly

The Alabama Boater's Pledge Program seeks to re-
duce the effects of marine debris on living marine
resources, coastal amenities, and navigation in the
coastal area.

During the 1992 Alabama Coastal Cleanup, 3,500
volunteers picked up over 20 tons of debris. The
majority of the debris can be traced to off-shore
sources and is attributable to recreational fishing
and boating activities.

The international agreement (Marpol 73/78, Annex
V), and U. S. implementation legislation (Marine
Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act 1987)
prohibits the disposal of all plastics in any public
waters. Disposal of other waste has been restricted
to greater than 12 miles offshore. The State of
Alabama has several acts under the Criminal Code
which prohibit deposit of litter on public or private
waters. These laws and regulations should have an
effect on the marine debris problem.

However, the intent of these laws and regulations
may only regulate larger maritime shipping vessels.
Smaller commercial fishing and recreational vessels
contribute to the marine debris, but are not easily
pressured by institutional controls, and are less
likely to change age-old disposal habits due to legal
mandates stemming from state houses and
international forums.

The best approach to the problem will be to develop
public educational programs, and volunteer support
and commitment of individual boat captains and

The Coastal Programs Section of the Alabama
Department of Economic and Community Affairs
with funding from the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administrative and support from the
Gulf of Mexico Program started a pilot Boater's
Pledge Program. The GMP, Marine Debris
Subcommittee provided generic material, and
program guidelines for the program. Today nearly
650 boaters in Alabama have signed the pledge.
However, there are currently 35,000 boats registered
in the two coastal counties. Although the exact
cumulative impact from private boats and fisherman
on solid waste loads in the Gulf of Mexico is
unknown, the type debris generated, monofilament
fishing line and plastics, is the most dangerous to
marine life. With this in mind Alabama has submit-

ted a grant to the GMP for funding a comprehensive
two county-wide Boater's Pledge Program. With
35,000 boats registered in Mobile and Baldwin coun-
ties, it is believed that the majority of these boaters
use coastal bays and the Gulf of Mexico. This cam-
paign will be aimed at private boat owners and fish-
ermen who register their boats or buy fishing licens-
es in coastal counties and/or use coastal bays and
offshore waters. This particular project will involve
existing boat registration license sale programs and
ask boaters to voluntarily pledge, in writing, to a
no-dumping ethic in coastal waters. The purpose is
two-fold: (1) reduce the amount of marine debris
originating from pleasure crafts and small commer-
cial fishing boats, and (2) educate boaters and fisher-
men of the marine debris problem, cultivating an
awareness of our precious resources. Other genera-
tors of trash will be educated by direct contact with
marinas, schools, trade organizations, and civic orga-

The specifics of the program area as follows: The
lead agency shall be the Alabama Department of
Economic and Community Affairs in cooperation with
the Alabama Department of Environmental Manage-
ment (ADEM), the Alabama Department of Conser-
vation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources
Division (ADCNR-MRD) and Marine Police Division,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra-
tion (NOAA), the Minerals Management Service
(MMS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -
Gulf of Mexico Program, and numerous private

The 35,000 boats registered in Mobile and Baldwin
Counties will be targeted for the boater's pledge
project. The project will target all boaters as they
renew or acquire new registration licenses on a
monthly basis. The Mobile County License
Commissioner Office and the Baldwin County
Probate Judges Office will assist in pledge
commitments as part of normal registration
procedures. The ADCNR-MRD will distribute
pledges through normal license and sales procedures.
Boaters and fishermen will be given or mailed a
pledge brochure or postcard with the pledge
commitment and a self-addressed return envelope.
The pledge will consist of a one-page statement in
which the boater agrees to responsibly dispose of all
trash generated by the boater. The pledge will be
returned to the lead agency. We estimate that 20%
of the pledges will be returned. This part of the

project will involve coordination between the respec-
tive county agencies, ADCNR and the lead agency.

Once the pledges are returned to the lead agency, we
will issue a boater's pledge certificate for a clean
Gulf which will be signed by the Governor and other
state department heads. Pledge participants will
receive a decal display for boats, a bumper sticker, a
ruler, and a wallet size pledge card. In addition, a
boater's brochure will be developed to educate boat-
ers to the benefits of using marine sanitation devices.

The lead agency will administer, process pledges, log
and track all pledges during the one year life of the
program. This information is needed to determine
the impact of the program on reducing debris and
trash in the marine environment.

Public information through contacts with the media,
boating trade associations, marinas, private conser-
vation, and civic organizations, and coordination with
other state agencies are needed so that the project
and its objectives will be widely advertised and ac-

In summary, our strategy is to build on a national,
regional, and state concern for solid waste pollution
in our coastal and marine waters by seeking positive
support from private boat owners. Working with the
public sector, our approach is to challenge mariners
to become stewards of resources important to their
leisure and livelihood. Tangible evidence of project's
success can be measured in the number of pledges
received, and the reduction in boating trash collected
during annual beach cleanup.


Florida Boaters and Fishermen's Pledge Program Makes Progress

by Marion Clarke
Program Leader and Dean
Florida Sea Grant

A Pilot Boaters and Fishermen's Pledge Program for
Florida started in 1991. The project received over
twenty-eight hundred boaters and fishermen pledges in
1991-1992. Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd of
Pinellas County and two volunteers, Anne Neyrey and
Gerrie McMullin, have provided the major work effort
during the first year of the program. Four formal
presentations helped explain the program. The Boaters
and Fishermen's Pledge Program was planned and
promoted through more than fifteen meetings on
Florida's Gulf Coast. Volunteers set up a boaters and
fishermen pledge booth at three festivals to solicit
pledges. Although the program targeted all Florida
Gulf Coast Boaters, most pledges received were from
the Tampa Bay Area.
The Boaters and Fishermen's Pledge Program bro-
chure touted a slogan "Take Pride Gulf-Wide" and
provided information on the scope and impact of boater
pollution. The brochure also included a pledge card to
register the concerned boaters pledge to "take pride and
keep the Gulf clean." Upon submitting their pledge,
boaters received a sticker for their boat that identifies
the boaters commitment.
This was a very successful program in the initial
phase. Commissioner Todd and the volunteers worked
hard to complete phase one. Realizing the size of the
job and the need to broaden the scope to boaters
statewide, they sought assistance. With the encourage-
ment of the Gulf of Mexico Program and EPA the
leaders of the pilot program began the search for
The University of Florida's Sea Grant College Pro-
gram and the Institute of Food and Agriculture Scienc-
es are logical candidates to provide the network to
expand the program. The IFAS Cooperative Extension
Service has offices in every county and Sea Grant
faculty working in every coastal county. Keep Florida
Beautiful, Inc., the Florida Department of Natural
Resources and the Center for Marine Conservation
became key cooperating organizations in planning for
the new program. The new program was titled:
"Boaters and Anglers' Pledge Program to include a more
generic population.
Dr. Marion Clarke, Sea Grant Extension Leader, has
taken the lead role as state coordinator for the state-
wide Boater and Anglers Pledge Program. Don Sweat,
Sea Grant Extension Agent in Pinellas County, will
provide liaison between the Pinellas County effort and
the new statewide program. The new Boaters and
Anglers Pledge Program thrust will rely heavily on the

foundation and volunteers established in Pinellas
Three planning meetings and numerous telephone
calls set the stage for writing a proposal to EPA and
the Gulf of Mexico Program for support to carry out the
new pledge program.
Dr. Clarke has attended one Boaters and Anglers'
Pledge Coordinators Meeting in New Orleans. The
proposal for the Florida Boaters and Anglers' Pledge
Program was sent to the Gulf of Mexico Program June
29, 1992. Laura Radde of The Gulf of Mexico Program
advised us that we should know the fate of the project
by early October.
Keep Florida Beautiful has contacted private sources
for match funding. Upon awarding of the grant they
will proceed with donor obligations. They have identi-
fied corporate sponsors for the program that are eager
to participate.
The Florida Boaters and Anglers Pledge program has
developed the following objectives and scope of work for
the project.

Objectives of the Florida Boaters and Anglers'
Pledge Program:

To establish a statewide boaters pledge program for
Florida that will commit the boating and fishing public
to promote:

Stewardship of the natural environments in which
they operate their boats;

The MARPOL Legislation that protects our boating

"The Rules of the Road" for ethical and safe boat

Vessel passengers compliance with the Florida
Boaters Pledge.

To plan, develop and implement the "1992 Work-
shop For Boater's Pledge Program Coordinators."

Scope of Work:

The Florida Sea Grant Extension Program will carry
out the Florida Boaters and Anglers Pledge Program
(FBAPP). The Program will be expedited in cooperation

with the Gulf of Mexico Program, the Center for Marine
Conservation and Keep Florida Beautiful, Inc. A board
of advisors, made up of representation from these
groups, will guide the development and implementation
of the program.
The FBAPP will strive to promote stewardship of
Florida's aquatic environments. The program will be
voluntary. It will solicit the cooperation and participa-
tion of volunteers to promote and encourage the
program. It will reward participants with appropriate
certificates, educational information, and decals which
will serve to promote the objectives of the program.
When appropriate, boater premiums, will be given to
participants. The program will rely on private industry
to provide and develop these premiums. These
premiums will encourage participation and publicize
the program.
The Florida Sea Grant Extension Program (FSGEP)
will work with federal, state, and local agencies to
promote and expedite the program. Private and public
special interest groups and private industry will be
encouraged to participate in the program. The primary
costs of the program will be salaries, postage, promotion
and travel. Some printing expense may be incurred by
the grant. Private industry will support the bulk of
printing and publicity costs. Printed materials will
include a promotional brochure, a decal for boaters,
certificates of participation and exceptional accom-
plishment and pledge cards. Audio/visual materials
will include public service announcement videos and
audio for radio, the development of slide sets for use
with group promotion. Participation premiums are
being evaluated and may be provided by industry. (i.e.
floating key chains, stick-on rulers for the side of the
boat, waterproof rules of the road, etc.)
Promotion of the program will be through media,
radio, television, newspapers and magazines. Trade
shows and special events will also promote the pro-
gram. Presentations by the FSGEP faculty to special
interest groups will promote the program.
FSGEP will work with the Department of Natural
Resources to include information on the FBAPP with
boater registration information. FBAPP brochures will
be available at the tax collector's office in each county.
FSGEP, in cooperation with the EPA Project Director,
will plan, develop and conduct a Workshop for Coordi-
nators of Boater/Fisher Pledge Programs. This work-
shop will be Wednesday, December 9, 1992 prior to the
1992 Gulf of Mexico Symposium. The workshop and
symposium will be at the Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon
Springs, Florida.
As the program develops and matures, participants
will have the opportunity to participate in educational
programs developed around identified needs.
Every state on the Gulf of Mexico now has a Boaters
and Fishermens' Pledge Program. The advisory com-
mittee for Florida's Program anxiously awaits notifica-

tion of the awarding of the grant from EPA. The
committee is eager to initiate the new phase of the
program. Volunteers, individuals and organizations,
will be needed to help carry out the program. Interest-
ed individuals or organizations should contact:

Dr. Marion L. Clarke, Asst. Dean Marine & Coastal
Sea Grant Extension Program
P.O. Box 110405, Building 803
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0405

Phone: 904-392-1837
FAX 904-392-5113

The Gulf of Mexico Program/EPA Boaters' Pledge
Program Grant was received in Florida in mid-Novem-
ber. It arrived just in time to facilitate the Boaters
Pledge Coordinators Workshop in Innisbrook, Florida.
Since notification of the grant award, the FBAPP
Advisory Committee has met once. The immediate
challenges at hand are being addressed:

o Getting arrangements, program and materials
ready for the Boaters and Anglers' Pledge Coordi-
nators Workshop.

o Setting a time-line for the project and establishing
project road markers.

o Refining plans and working relationships with the
project corporate sponsor.

o Printing a temporary brochure for the Florida
Boaters Pledge Program. (To cover the period until
a corporate sponsor is announced.)

o Developing instructional materials for extension
agents and volunteers to use in promoting the

o Planning strategies for developing volunteer
networks in each of the extension agent areas.

The program is planned to have its major kick off
during boating safety week in 1993. An educational
effort and media blitz will be take place during this
first week of June. The program goal is to get pledges
from 25% of Florida boaters during the first year of the


Getting the Job Done: Organizing, Motivating, and Rewarding Boaters
in Marine Debris Cleanups

A Presentation at the Boaters and Anglers' Pledge Program
Year of the Gulf Symposium
Tarpon Springs, Florida
December 9, 1992

Sonya Wood
Sea Grant/Marine Extension Agent
Florida Sea Grant

Marine debris, particularly plastics, is a tremendous
problem for wildlife, boaters and divers, and beach-
goers. We know from our ongoing beach cleanup that
there is more debris in the north Gulf of Mexico each
year. This is disheartening, considering the fact that
we have more volunteers, more stretches of beach
adopted, and more beach cleanup each year. It is also
discouraging to see that MARPOL Annex V, the marine
pollution legislation that went into effect in 1989, has
not significantly reduced ocean dumping or the amount
of debris on our beaches. More efforts will have to
made Gulfwide and worldwide before we see
Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, like the rest of
Florida, are experiencing a tremendous growth rate.
Escambia County's population rose from 234,000 in
1980 to 263,000 in 1990, a 12.4% increase. Santa Rosa
county's population was 56,000 in 1980. It rose to
82,000 in 1990, a 45.8% increase. We also have an
ever-increasing tourist influx 40 million people visit
Florida for her water. Seventy-five percent (75%) of our
population lives within five miles of a coast. Visitors
are attracted to our sugar-white beaches and varied
water recreation.
One out of every seven Florida families has a boat.
There are 19,000 registered boats in Escambia County,
14,000 registered boats in Santa Rosa County. Within
our area, there are 12 marine facilities for boaters.
This includes two marine recreational facilities on the
Naval Air Station and two yacht clubs.
Working with Beckie Breeding, interpreter at Gulf
Islands National Seashore, and John Tonkin, director
of Santa Rosa Clean Community System, I formed the
Santa Rosa/Escambia Marine Task Force. This task
force is made up of county commissioners and county
staff, civic leaders, representatives of environmental
organizations, educators, those involved in marine
industries, fishermen, divers, and boaters.
The role of the Santa Rosa/Escambia Marine Task
Force is to give us guidance on a number of specific
marine and coastal programs the Coastal Cleanup,
Estuary Cleanup, Underwater Cleanup, Rivers Clean-
up, Adopt-A-Shore, Turtle Watch, Marine Mammal
Stranding Network, and Water Quality Monitoring

Program. The task force has emerged as a dynamic,
powerful voice for these programs, and as a group that
can continue to address additional marine issues. They
are committed to meeting regularly, to raising outside
funds, and to making a difference.
Through our local Adopt-A-Shore program, funded by
a grant from Keep Florida Beautiful, Inc., we have
begun to concentrate more of our efforts and energy on
boaters and fishermen. To reach those in our two-
county involved in boating, diving, and fishing, we have
exhibits on Adopt-A-Shore at the annual boat show of
the Northwest Florida Marine Industries Association.
We also mailed out a boaters survey to our mailing lists
and distributed the survey to boaters at public and
private boat ramps.
During our 5th annual Coastal Cleanup in September
of 1992, we solicited the help of the Northwest Florida
Marine Industries Association, the Bream Fishermens'
Association, the Speckled Trout Fishing Club, and
others to assist in the cleanup. We also had increased
involvement from the Navy. In our two-county area,
660 volunteers collected 12,380 pounds of marine and
coastal trash from 73 miles of shoreline. We also
involve boaters in our annual Estuary Cleanup in April
and our annual Rivers Cleanup in June.
Through five years of cleanup and the monitoring
that is being done monthly by Gulf Islands National
Seashore, it has become obvious that fishing line is our
most serious problem along the north Gulf coast. We
used Adopt-A-Shore grant funds to have more "Don't
Splash Your Trash" signs made. The yellow "Don't
Splash Your Trash" signs with the logos of Keep Florida
Beautiful, Florida Sea Grant, and Santa/Escambia
Adopt-A-Shore are extremely popular. Agencies and
businesses are willing to post these in areas where
there are a lot of fishermen and boaters. The signs give
the Adopt-A-Shore program high visibility, as well as
sharing an important message.
We worked with the science clubs and shop classes of
two local high schools to design and construct wooden
fishing line recycling boxes. These blue boxes have
been placed at marinas, boat ramps, and bait and
tackle stores throughout our area. Fishermen are
encouraged to put used monofilament fishing line in the

boxes. Young people, mostly 4-Hers' and high school
students, collect the line from the boxes as they fill. We
then ship it by U.P.S. to Berkley Recycling to be
recycled into reels, toys, etc.
We have expanded our Coastal Cleanups to include
Underwater Marine Debris Cleanups. Certified SCUBA
divers collect armloads of fishing line, seine, gill, and
cast nets from below fishing piers and bridges.
We have begun a series of sailing trips for young
boaters, most of whom are youth-at-risk, students in
alternative high school programs. On these sailing
-trips, students have the opportunity to see the marine
environment up close. We take water samples and
plankton samples in the bays, bayous, and the Gulf.
During the day, we do as survey of marine mammals,
learn navigation and sailing techniques. At night, we
study astronomy. We sail to barrier islands where we
explore forts, observe ospreys, foxes, and other wildlife.
As always, we do a beach cleanup on the islands. We
discuss the importance of boaters in caring for the
marine environment.
We take young people on Marsh Walks and on
Estuary Canoe Trips, giving them a chance to develop

an appreciation for local wetland areas. On the
Mermaids and Manatees dive trips, 4-Hers and other
youth as well as adult educators go skin diving at
Crystal River and Rainbow River, Florida. Participants
have the rare opportunity to see, swim with, and
photograph the endangered manatees. The young
people also have chance to "adopt" a manatee. About
400 people have been involved in the Mermaids and
Manatees program. Through this dive trip, they can
see how boaters directly affect manatee populations and
how the very existence of natural areas like Rainbow
River are threatened by overuse by boaters, divers, and
Throughout all of these marine education programs,
our overall goals are to help people develop a greater
self esteem, interact well with others, accept risks and
challenges, see a connection between their lives and the
natural world, and feel a sense of ownership and
responsibility for our marine and coastal environment.
This is a tall order, but in our five years of working
with these programs we have seen exciting results.


Involving Louisiana Boaters in Marine Debris Clean up Programs

Michael Liffmann, Assistant Director
Louisiana Sea Grant College Program

Since 1986, the Louisiana Sea Grant College Pro-
gram (Sea Grant or LSG) has been involved in pro-
grams designed to educate coastal residents on the
effects of litter and debris on tourism. It is common
knowledge that coastal Louisiana is visibly affected.
The deplorable litter and man-made debris on the
beaches, in the marshes and along the roadways, not
only affects wildlife, but also significantly impresses
visitors. At a time when the state is actively seeking
to diversify its economy and attract tourists, it is
imperative that we work at curtailing and cleaning
up the mess we've made. Sea Grant has been im-
parting the message, "...after all, would you have
guests over to your house, if it was filthy?" To con-
vey this and related messages, Sea Grant has been
working closely with state and local agencies, as well
as private organizations, most notably fishing tour-
naments and local environmental advocacy groups.
At the state level, we work closely with the Office
of Litter Reduction and Public Action, an agency that
has taken charge of the very successful annual beach
clean-up projects that Sea Grant helped organize in
1987 and 1988. We have also agreed to cooperate
with the Office in its EPA-sponsored Boaters and
Anglers' Pledge Program.
In 1988, LSG undertook a campaign to incorporate
a marine pollution awareness program in fishing
tournaments along the coast. Upon registration,
participating anglers receive a plastic bag (donated
by a local or regional sponsor) to collect trash accu-
mulated in the boat. The filled bags are then collect-
ed upon the boat's return to the weigh station by a

youth organization such as the Boys/Girl Scouts or 4-
H Club. All those aboard the vessel are eligible for
prizes provided by local sponsors. In addition, each
person receives a button and sticker with the slogan,
"Cast Your Line, Not Your Litter". Five tourna-
ments, or rodeos as they are called in Louisiana,
have instituted such a campaign.
Sea Grant has also been working with the Lower
Amite River Protection Association (LARPA) and the
Sabine River Authority (SRA). Both groups are
interested in promoting their areas to visitors, and in
1990 added a Sea Grant-generated idea to their
tourism promotion campaigns. Attachment 1 includes
the instructions furnished by Sea Grant to the indi-
viduals designated as "captains" during LARPA's
Spring Litter Lift in 1990. A wildlife poster with the
message, "Litter is not Bayou-Degradable" was pre-
pared for the occasion. Sea Grant and LARPA cost-
shared in its preparation.
Both the fishing rodeos and LARPA project were
described in a video that was prepared under the
partial auspices of the United States Fish and Wild-
life Service. The video also includes scenes from a
marina awareness project developed by the New
Hampshire Sea Grant Program that is closely mod-
eled after Louisiana's projects. The video has
received widespread distribution and is available
from Louisiana Sea Grant for a nominal charge.
Our program's "Cast Your Line, Not Your Litter"
project was also recognized as a semi-finalist in the
1988 Take Pride in America campaign.

Attachment 1

Launch Site Captains

Lower Amite River Protection Association's
1990 Sprint Utter Lift
April22. 1990

1. Role of the Captain:

* to distribute garbage bags to launch sites
and boaters
* to collect filled sacks and dispose of them
at designated dumpsters
* to distribute and collect the prize forms
* to distribute materials and talk about
LA.R.PA. and its objectives

2. Participating Launch Sites/Marinas:

* Bayou Barbary at Highway 44
* Clio's
* Bayview
* Fred's
* Bear Island/Black Lake
* Hill Top
* Bordelon's
* Riverview
* Carthage Bluff
* St. James Boat Club
* Chinquapin Landing
* Scivique's
* Val's Marina

3. Designated Dumpsters:

* Port Vincent- Fred's
* French Settlement- Power Station

4. Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21:

* In order to cover boating activities that take place
on these two days prior to the Litter Lift, you
should deliver 25% of the bags to your designated
marina or the location where the boaters will pay
for the launch from that site.

* Boaters who head for their camps on Friday or
Saturday are eligible for the prizes, IF they return
the bags and fill out the forms on Sunday.

* Bags returned on Friday or Saturday are NOT
eligible for prizes: The persons returning the bags
should, however, be relieved of their bag(s),
thanked for helping in the cleanup, and encouraged
to return to help some more on Sunday. The num-
ber of bag(s) should be counted and disposed of at
the nearest available dumpster.

5. Sunday, April 22:

* Do not forget to wear your LA.R.PA. Captain's
* 7:00 a.m. to 12 Noon- Distribute sacks and infor-
mation at your designated launch site. Explain the
project to the boaters, urge caution, and explain
bag collection and prizes.
* Make sure that your launch is covered in the event
people return early. All bags returned on Sunday
are eligible for the prizes.
* When the boaters RETURN with the filled bags:
* Have them fill out an entry form that will make
them eligible for prizes. Use one form for every per-
son on board. Completed forms are to be placed in
the boxes. No forms are accepted after 5:00 p.m.
Drawings will be held after 6:00 p.m. at Hill Top.
Individuals do not have to be present to win. They
will be notified by phone or mailed their prizes.
* You must have a pick-up truck to haul the sacks to
the designated dumpsters. Do not forget to count
how many sacks, and log this figure on the en-
closed Litter Lift Data Sheet. Turn this form in to
Stefan or Mike Liffmann of LSU.
* You and your key assistants are invited to eat
some Jambalaya at Hill Top after 6:00 p.m. Do not
forget to bring the boxes with the entry forms. You
are going to help in the drawing!

Lower Amite River Protection Association

Launch/Marina Captain's Litter Log
1990 Spring Litter Lift
April 22, 1990

1. Name of launch/marina site:

2. Name of captain:

3. Name of key assistants:

4. Number of boats contacted:

5. Number of bags DISTRIBUTED:

6. Number of bags RETURNED:

7. Estimated number of persons per boat: -

Return to:
Stefan Guitrau
c/o Hill Top
Mike Liffmann
LSU Louisiana Sea Grant College Program


Louisiana Boaters & Fishermen's Pledge Program -
A Chronology

Barbara Coltharp Kalivoda, Director
Louisiana Boater's & Fishermen's Pledge Program

Member of Marine Debris Subcommittee "Boater's

Wrote plans for State Leadership and Initiative in
1991; printed brochure, introduced program at Toledo
Dam Chamber of Commerce Fishing Rodeo August,

Participated in draft of Marine Debris-Action Plan in

Attended First Boater's Pledge Workshop in 1991

Promoted Presidential Declaration "Year of the Gulf of
Mexico" (1992-93)

Attended Second Boater's and Angler's Pledge Work-
shop in 1992

Attended Innisbrook, Florida Gulf of Mexico Symposium
in December, 1992

The Louisiana Boater's and Fishermen's Pledge Pro-
gram, launched in 1991, is a campaign to educate com-
mercial and recreational land and waterway users to
bring trash and debris generated from and outing back
home or dock for proper disposal. The program is

publicized and supported through sports associations,
marina locations, recreational supervisory offices and
agents, and other state government agencies. The
Office of Litter Reduction and Public Action coordinates
publicization efforts, issues a decal for boat/vehicle, and
plans to produce a bi-annual newsletter for pledge
signers to reinforce their commitment for clean recre-
ational areas and waterways while enlisting further
pledges. This program is a part of the Department of
Interior's Gulf of Mexico program and while other
states concentrate on coastal areas, the Louisiana pro-
grams is promoted statewide.

Gulf of Mexico decals have been distributed to those
who have signed pledges. Names have been forwarded
to our office for input into labels. A newsletter is in
production for 1993 publication that will define, pro-
mote, and inform others about the program.

We presently have printed pledges for distribution

In 1992, we began work with a public relations firm to
develop masthead for newsletter, certificate and ruler.
The final copy and design has been approved and is to
be delivered today.

We presently have 1800 pledges to date.


State of Mississippi Boaters and Fishermen
Pledge Report

Nancy L. Holland
Marine Debris Coordinator
Boater's and Fisherman's Pledge
116 Beach View Drive, Pass Christian, MS 39571
(601) 452-4635

Program Began: January 1992

Activities and Presentations:

Boaters Registration
Local/State Presentations/Booths
Chamber of Commerce
Boat Shows
Fishing Tournaments/Clubs/Camps
Civic Organizations
Schools/College Environmental Classes
Federal/State Organizations/Departments
State Waterway Districts
Environmental Groups
Harbor Masters
Hotel/Motel Association
Tourism Association
Gulf Coast Yacht Clubs/Newsletter

Restaurant Association
Coast Guard Auxiliary/Squadron/Flotilla
Local Businness Distribution
State/County Welcome Centers
Homeowners/Boaters Associations
Keep America Clean
Mississippi Soil/Water Conservation
Boaters/Hunters Education Classes
Local Marinas

Pledges to Date December, 1992: 5500

Goals: State-Wide Program

Sample Monthly Report October 1992

1. Activities Completed:

- Mailing list prepared for mailing List #5
- Distribution to local businesses for Gulfport
- Follow-up on Pledges and presentations
- Meeting for Gulf of Mexico Program
- Conference call with Gulf of Mexico Program; Texas
Boater's Pledge Chairman; Region 6, Dallas, Texas;
and Florida Boater's Pledge Chairman
- Minerals Management Meeting on Public Approach
with presentation on Boater's Pledge to Public
Education and Outreach Subcommittee
- Adopt-A-Ramp material developed and given to
Dave Ruple for approval
- Drafter revision of brochure for Boater's Pledge and
was given to Dave Ruple for approval to reprint

2. Outreach:

- Cathy Cashio GMP Public Relations
- Ocean Springs Lions Jerry Quave
- Gulfport Hunter's/Boater's Safety Class Jim Reese
- Ocean Springs Garden Club Ms. Edward Wilson
- Biloxi Hunter's/Boater's Safety Class Eves Vin-
- Pride of the South Bass Club Larry Rond, District
- Gulfport Exchange Club Steve Burke
- Harrison County Hunter's/Boater's Safety Class -
Scott Gordon
- Gulf Coast Motel/Hotel Association Linda Horns-
- Sierra Club Martin Eddy
- Celebrate the Gulf Martha Murphy
- Stone County Hunter's/Boater's Safety Class Rich-
ard Cain
- Jackson County Hunter's/Boater's Safety Class -
Frank Evans
- Bay St. Louis Rotary Club Pat Harvill
Disabled Fishing Rodeo Rep. Bob Short

3. Meetings/Presentations:

- GMP Public Education presentation
- Coast Disabled Fishing Rodeo booth
- Pride of the South Bass Club presentation
- Hancock County Hunter's/Boater's Safety presen-
- Ocean Springs Lions presentation

- Long Beach Boater's/Hunter's Safety presentation
- Ocean Springs Garden Club presentation
- Biloxi Hunter's/Boater's Safety presentation
- Gulfport Exchange Club presentation
- Gulfport Hunter's/Boater's Safety presentation
- Sierra Club presentation
- Celebration of the Gulf booth
- Jackson County Hunter's/Boater's Safety presen-
- Stone County Hunter's/Boater's Safety presen-
- Bay St. Louis Rotary presentation

4. Activities Planned:

- Set-up presentations/slides
- Harbor follow-ups on Pledges
- Yacht Clubs follow-ups
- Mail out mailing List #5
- Orange Grove Civitan Club presentation
- Hancock County Hunter's/Boater's Safety presen-
- Civitan Club presentation
- Gulf Coast Hotel/Motel Association presentation
- Harrison County Hunter's/Boater's Safety pre-
- Picayune Lions Club presentation
- GMP Symposium Tarpon Springs, Florida
- Rotary Club presentation
- Local distribution of brocuhures to Hancock, Harri-
son and Jackson Counties

5. Problems:

Need materials reprinted for future presentations
and distribution for state-wide program.

Texas Boater's Pledge Update

by Angela Farias

The Texas General Land Office is expanding a pilot
study conducted in Rockport, Texas to a state wide
Boater's Pledge Program for recreational boaters,
fishermen, and marinas. A Gulfwide program has
grown from this pilot project, encompassing the five
Gulf states.

Creation of a state wide task force to communicate
concerns and create legislation regarding the Boat-
er's Pledge program from all over the state involving
groups such as: Gulf Coast Conservation Associa-
tion; Boating Trades Association; marinas; corpora-
tions; waste management; Coast Guard Auxiliary;
state and federal agencies.

Due to the diversity of boaters/anglers within Texas,
a study is planned to determine what problems exist
regarding availability of disposal facilities and to
communicate any suggestions or needs boat-
ers/anglers have.

Littering will be reviewed regarding what boaters/an-
glers are currently doing regarding littering.

Boaters/anglers demands will be addressed regarding
what they would like to have included in an educa-
tional program.

Plans are underway to expand and revise existing
educational brochures and decals to include other
environmental aspects which relate to boating and
fishing activities.

The Texas General Land Office anticipates expand-
ing the Boater's Pledge Program to a National level
in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard.

The Boater's Pledge Program is currently expanding
to include Commercial Fishermen.

Educational materials will be directed toward hunt-
ers, who were previously overlooked as Gulf users,
regarding habitat degredation due to their activities
of their sport.

Educational materials to be prepared for marinas
and piers regarding marine debris. Efforts are un-
derway to resolve waste disposal problems and to
implement aggressive recycling programs.

Adopt-A-Beach programs to be expanded to Adopt-A-
Pier and Adopt-A-Marina Programs.

Educational materials to be prepared for people not
in boats, such as people fishing from piers and other
bay activities which effect the environment.

Create and assist in implementing legislation to
formulate state MARPOL regulations in accord with
federal legislation.

Work with the Boating Trades Association to relate
new ideas to boat manufactors for incorporation of
trash receptacles on recreational boats and creation
of retrofits for older model boats.


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