As a certified Clean Marina, we are focused on sustainable business operations and protecting the environment in which we live and work.
One of the key elements of our Environmental Policy is to educate visitors, employees and marina stakeholders on environmental initiatives which we support. By providing our networks with up to date information on topics such as marine pests, waste management, fishing practices and sustainable boating we are able to spread the sustainability message further.
The Whitsundays form part of the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and as a business we are focused on reducing our impact on the environment, encouraging the long term health of the reef and preserving the biodiversity of the National Parks which surround us.
We recommend all visitors to the Whitsundays browse the information below and we have also included links to some great resources to assist you in enjoying your time in the Whitsundays in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Abell Point Marina is a certified Fish Friendly marina. In order to maintain a healthy fish habitat in the waters and foreshore adjacent to the marina, we have the following marina rules:
- No fishing trawlers are to be berthed at the marina
- Fishing within the marina is prohibited
- Feeding birds or fish within the marina is prohibited
- Disposal of fish waste within the marina basin is prohibited
- All sewerage must be disposed of ashore by using the sewerage pump out station
- Nothing must be thrown overboard – including fish scraps
- Any oil leaks or spills must be reported to the marina staff immediately, so they can be contained
- Berth occupiers must not discharge anything into the waters of the marina
Whilst enjoying the Great Barrier Reef marine park, guests wishing to fish are to ensure they are conversant with the zoning regulations. Zoning maps for the Whitsundays are available at reception, included in our Welcome Pack and also available digitally here for convenience.
The Whitsundays are home to a wide variety of fish species. The 100 Magic Miles has a comprehensive guide to fishing in the Whitsundays, including bag limits and size limits – we highly recommend visitors purchase a copy in advance of their stay.
In addition, the following links will assist anglers in accurately identifying their catch:
We ask that all visitors be aware of the issues related to pest fish in our region and if sighted, we recommend you report that to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Here is additional information to assist with identifying pest fish – https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/pest-fish/general-information-on-pest-fish
Abell Point Marina undertakes all activities in compliance with relevant state and federal legislation.
Abell Point Marina is committed to promoting and delivering the best environmental management practices and ensuring the long-term health of the environment and public is maintained across all operations and activities.
Abell Point Marina acknowledges responsibility for environmental sustainability and recognises the relationships that exist between the key areas of energy, water, waste, health and the marine environment. Abell Point Marina aims to ensure all employees, contractors and guests of the marina understand and uphold the highest environmental management practices when within the marina precinct.
Marine plants and animals can be transported across thousands of kilometres of ocean on the hulls of vessels and in the ballast water of ships. Most of these organisms will not survive the journey, and those that do survive will not cope with the conditions of their new environment by reporting any sightings of suspicious exotic pest specials to the department.
Only a few of the marine species that have been introduced are considered pests. They threaten native biodiversity, commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries, and greatly increase maintenance requirements for vessels.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, has put together a comprehensive guide to the potential marine pest risks for Australian waters, which we recommend you read. All boat owners can contribute to ensuring we keep our waters free from pests.
Abell Point Marina is an accredited Clean Marina Level III and is committed to becoming plastic free. We are plastic bag free and prohibit the use of plastic bags in the marina precinct. To assist with this we provide all guests with an environmentally friendly reusable shopping bag at check-in and the same are provided in all our concierge vehicles. Additional bags are available for sale at the south reception as required.
All dining and food outlets in the marina are plastic straw free. We have signed The Last Straw campaign pledge as a marina precinct and in July 2018 became the first marina in the country to have all food outlets signed up to the pledge.
In addition, over 120 commercial vessels operating from the marina have also signed the pledge. We encourage all private guests also to ban the use of plastic straws on their vessels in a show of support for this worthwhile campaign.
We are working towards being plastic bottle free in a new initiative we are launching in 2019.
Our team sweep the onshore marina precinct daily to limit the amount of plastic and litter entering the waterways. In addition, the marina team conduct a thorough check of the marina via boat on a regularly basis to remove any visible marina debris, we encourage all our guests to contact us should you sight marine debris which needs collecting during your stay.
Abell Point Marina conducts daily operations in line with our environmental goals, which are:
- Reduce waste and reuse/ recycle where possible.
- Minimise the effects of marina activities on water, air and noise pollution.
- Reduce energy, water and waste consumption across marina operations.
- Educate customers, employees and marina stakeholder on conservation of marine ecosystems and marine life.
- Promote activities which reduce marine habitat disturbance, protect native flora and fauna and encourage sustainable boating practices.
- Advocate sustainable vessel operations and maintenance practices.
Our marina rules outline the set of environmental standards which apply to marina guests, contractors and marina businesses. These rules include information relating to the following key environmental initiatives:
- Plastic Bag Free
- Reduction of Energy, Water, Noise Pollution
- Nil Discharge/ Black Water Pump-Out
- No Fishing
- Recycling/ Waste Transfer
- The Last Straw Campaign
- Sustainable Vessel Operations
- Sustainable Vessel Maintenance Practices
Our Berthing Agreement includes the comprehensive list of marina rules, should you require additional copies please speak with our Customer Relations team.
Reducing our carbon footprint and keeping our marina clean are both environmental priorities for Abell Point Marina. We provide extensive recycling facilities for our guests, commercial businesses and operators. We encourage all visitors to the marina to be mindful of their waste management.
Available in both the north and south marina villages we have recycling facilities available for aluminum cans, glass, hard plastics, cardboard and paper, waste oil and on request other hazardous materials.
We ask all guests to try and separate their recyclables and then fully utilize the recycling facilities provided.
Any questions about our recycling facilities, please speak with the Customer Relations team.
The Whitsunday Islands National Park and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are home to some endangered and the vulnerable marine life. We encourage all our guests to observe the marine life they encounter in a safe and respectful manner. If you were to sight any injured or distressed marine life during your time in the region, we recommend contacting 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority also have a great new app – Eye on the Reef – which contains a wealth of information on the weird and wonderful species you may encounter during your stay. We highly recommend using the app and encourage all guests to share their marine wildlife sightings and information with other marine park users.
At Abell Point Marina we advocate sustainable boating practices. Our marina rules reflect this commitment and provide guidelines for ensuring sustainable practices are observed by boat owners when staying at the marina.
We are also passionate about the marine park in which we operate and as a result encourage all boating visitors to be mindful of their conduct and their impact on the marine environment whilst out enjoying the cruising grounds of the Whitsundays.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority have a range of resources available to visitors to the Whitsundays, which encourage sustainable boating practices, protecting native wildlife, as well as limiting the environmental impact of tourism in our region. Access their Whitsunday Guide here or speak with our Customer Relations team about the range of resources we can offer on check in.