Type of Presentation

Poster

Session Title

General protection, remediation and restoration topics

Description

Derelict and abandoned vessels are a problem worldwide for aquatic species and environmental health in general. In the last 12 years the state of Washington has built a robust program for removal and disposal of derelict vessels and it has been recommended as a model for others to use. State legislation passed in 2013/14 helped shift the State’s focus from managing expensive clean up after the vessels have been abandoned toward preventing the creation of problem vessels in the first place. It included more requirements for boat owners, moorage facilities, and funding from commercial vessel owners. This poster will showcase the changes that were made and how those changes are anticipated to impact derelict and abandoned vessels and benefit imperiled species and habitats. It will also highlight issues that still need to be addressed to protect the Salish Sea and its inhabitants.

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Looking Toward the Future: The Derelict and Abandoned Vessel Program in Washington

2016SSEC

Derelict and abandoned vessels are a problem worldwide for aquatic species and environmental health in general. In the last 12 years the state of Washington has built a robust program for removal and disposal of derelict vessels and it has been recommended as a model for others to use. State legislation passed in 2013/14 helped shift the State’s focus from managing expensive clean up after the vessels have been abandoned toward preventing the creation of problem vessels in the first place. It included more requirements for boat owners, moorage facilities, and funding from commercial vessel owners. This poster will showcase the changes that were made and how those changes are anticipated to impact derelict and abandoned vessels and benefit imperiled species and habitats. It will also highlight issues that still need to be addressed to protect the Salish Sea and its inhabitants.