Environmental Matters

National, Regional, European and International legislation to protect and preserve the environment is continually developing. The EBA is monitoring the initiatives and participating wherever possible to represent the interests of the recreational boater.


Current / Future EBA Issues

  • Water Framework Directive
  • Baltic Sea Network
  • Waste water and sewage
  • Marine litter
  • Disposal of old boats
  • Antifouling


Questions Actuelles et Futures D'EBA

  • Water Framework Directive
  • Baltic Sea Network
  • Eaux usées et déchets
  • Détritus en mer
  • Démolition des vieux bateaux
  • Antifouling


Aktuelle / Zukünftige EBA Themen

  • Water Framework Directive
  • Baltic Sea Network
  • Abwasser- und Fäkalien
  • Abfälle im Meer
  • Entsorgung von Booten
  • Antifouling


Asuntos actuales y futuros de EBA

  • Directiva marco sobre el agua
  • Red del Mar Báltico
  • Aguas negras
  • Basura marina
  • Reciclaje de embarcaciones viejas
  • Patentes Antiincrustantes


It is thought that certain species are sensitive to the copper biocides commonly used in antifouling paints. Even low levels of copper compounds are toxic to them and the use of copper based antifouling has been banned in some European countries. The EBA has prepared a summary of the legislation from across Europe relating to anti-fouling.


It is recognised that the potential for impact is greatest where concentrated copper scrapings are allowed to enter the water, rather than the slow leaching process of the antifouling from the boat hulls. Boat owners and users, have a responsibility to prevent as much antifouling as possible from entering the sea and waterways. There are of course simple steps that can be taken to prevent antifouling paint and residue leeching into the water.


New products are being developed such as Hempasil X3 which works by making it extremely hard for organic material to get a good grip on the hull. Read more...

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

The MSFD requires Member States (MSs) to prepare national strategies to manage their seas to achieve or maintain Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020. The Directive sets out 11 high level descriptors against which GES will be measured; it is the responsibility of MSs to identify ways of measuring each descriptor and determining a baseline, targets and indicators for each descriptor. Read more...

International Co-operation

There are a number of groups which work to ensure international co-operation for specific geographic areas:

Blue Flag

´╗┐The Blue Flag Programme for marinas and beaches is run by the non-governmental, non-profit organisation FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). The Blue Flag programme was started in France in 1985. It has been operating in Europe since 1987 and in areas outside of Europe since 2001, when South Africa joined. Today, Blue Flag has become a truly global programme with an ever-increasing number of countries participating in the programme. Read more...

Decommissioning of boats

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) in 2008 produced a paper on decommissioning boats. ICOMIA is a worldwide organisation which represents the voice of the recreational boating industry. 34 national federations across the world are full members of ICOMIA today covering the vast majority of the industrialised countries from North America across to Japan and from Finland down to New Zealand. If your national boating industry federation is a full member of ICOMIA, we will also actively represent you as a member of the boating industry. ICOMIA represents the industry’s best interests with international authorities and major organisations.


Impact of Nautical Tourism

The second edition of its paper on the Impact of Nautical Tourism was published by the European Boating Industry (EBI) in June 2009. The European Boating Industry represents the interests of the European leisure marine industry and is based in Brussels (Belgium).


Invasive Aquatic Species

The International Maritime Organisation has produced guidance for minimising the transfer of invasive aquatic species as biofouling (hull fouling) by recreational craft. The guidance is intended for owners and/or operators of recreational craft less than 24 metres in length.


Aquatic organisms may be transferred to new locations as biofouling and although some non-natives are completely harmless other can be harmful and invasive in locations where they do not naturally occur. Such invasive species have the ability to cause damage to the environment. Non-natives can be transported in a number of ways including via recreational boating activity by hitching a ride on boat hulls, propellers or in ballast and bilge water. Where invasive species compete with native plants and wildlife they can cause major changes in both marine and inland waters around the world. Once established, non-native species become extremely difficult and expensive to eradicate.


There are a number of actions that recreational boaters can take to minimise the risk of introducing or spreading non-native species as detailed in the IMO guidelines.


Other regional activities within Europe include: