Fish Waste

The amount of fish waste disposed into a small enclosed basin such as a marina or yacht club can exceed that which exists naturally in the water at any one time. In sufficient quantities where water circulation is restricted, the decomposition of this fish waste can deplete the water of dissolved oxygen, leading to water quality degradation and fish kills. It is therefore necessary to promote sound fish waste management through a combination of fish-cleaning restrictions, public education and proper disposal of fish waste.

Marina and Yacht Club Best Management Practices

Establishes Fish Cleaning Stations with Trash Receptacle. (Morro Bay)

  1. Educate boaters regarding the importance of proper fish cleaning practices.
  2. Establish fish cleaning stations with covered trash receptacles.
  3. Provide signage at fish cleaning stations that includes any instructions for fish cleaning and proper disposal of fish waste.
  4. Encourage boaters to dispose of unwanted bait offshore and to eviscerate (gut) fish and dispose of contents at sea not in marina or yacht club basin.





Boater Best Management Practices

  1. Clean fish only at fish cleaning stations that do not discharge into the marina or yacht club waters.
  2. Clean fish using proper fish cleaning practices.
  3. Dispose of unwanted bait in cleaning stations or offshore, not in marina or yacht club basin.
  4. Non-native live baits should be double bagged and disposed of in covered trash cans.
  5. Eviscerate (gut) fish and dispose of contents at sea not in marina or yacht club basin. If fish are gutted on land, double bag the fish waste and properly dispose the bag in a covered trash can.

Score Sheet – Page 10: Fish Waste


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