The EPA Division has released Environmental Guidelines for Boat Repair and Maintenance. The Guidelines describe the potential environmental impacts of boat repair and maintenance activities, and recommend specific actions that boat owners, and facility operators and users can take to minimise the environmental effects of their work. The Guidelines will form the basis for any future regulation of boat repair and maintenance activities.
Environmental Guidelines for Boat Repair and Maintenance
The Guidelines have been finalised following public comment on a ‘Revised Draft’ which was released in March 2008. Comments on specific sections of the Revised Draft and changes made to the Guidelines as a result are contained in the Report on Public Submissions.
Report on Public Submissions for Boat Repair and Maintenance Facilities
Sediment Sampling Program
Marine sediments near 26 of the State's boat repair and maintenance facilities were sampled and analysed during 2006 and 2007. The following report on the sampling program concludes that marine sediments near all 26 sites contained elevated levels of heavy metals such as copper, lead and zinc, as well tributyltin, an antifouling agent. The report was used to guide development of the Revised Draft Guidelines released in March 2008, and will also inform any future industry regulation.
Review of Sediment Sampling Program October 2007
Social and Economic Impact Assessment
In May 2010 the EPA Division employed Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd (SKM) to undertake a social and economic impact assessment of potential regulation of the Tasmanian slipway industry. SKM surveyed 15 slipways around the State, servicing both the fishing industry and recreational users. SKM’s Summary Report will be used to review the current approach to managing the environmental impacts of boat repair and maintenance.
Social and Economic Impact Assessment of Slipway Regulation Summary Report July 2010