Seven Ontario Marinas Achieve First Gold Eco Ratings

The Ontario Marine Operators Association (OMOA) recognized several dealer principals with certificates for achieving the Clean Marine program's gold five-leaf status at this year's Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show in Kingston, ON. The Robert Eaton Environmental Award was also presented.

Meg Mallory, Office Administrator of Williams Marine, Lansdowne, ON accepted the 2009 Robert Eaton Environmental Award.

“This is the first year that marinas that have achieved a five green anchor rating could apply for an even higher gold, diamond or platinum five green anchor rating,” says Kevin Gallagher, president of Green Leaf Environmental Communications. “There are 12 additional criteria that have to be met before a marina can obtain a platinum status. If a marina meets four of the twelve, they're a gold. If they meet eight they're a diamond. If they meet all 12 they're a platinum.”

Gallagher and John Gerretsen, Provincial Minister of the Environment recognized the recipients who achieved the gold rating for the first time, including Mitchell's Bay Marine Park, Mitchell's Bay, ON; Brennan's Marine, Gananoque, ON; Point Pleasant Marina, Parry Sound, ON; Maitland Valley Marina, Goderich, ON; Deerbrook Marina, St. Joachim, ON; Marina del Rey, Orillia, ON and Mariner's Cove, Mactier, ON.

A marina participating in the Clean Marine program pays $600 to have their assessment done, which is valid for three years. Marinas can then have reassessments after that period to improve their rating. Nearly 300 marinas are participating in the program, with approximately 90 marinas being renewed each year.

“We're quite pleased that these seven marinas stepped forward to go to the next level,” continues Gallagher. “I think at least half a dozen of our reassessments next year can achieve a gold level. There may be even one who could achieve the diamond level.”