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The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships “Marpol Annex V” places limitations on the discharge of garbage from boats. It is illegal to dump refuse, garbage, or plastics into federally controlled or state waters. Many forms of litter can kill birds, fish, and marine mammals.

  • You must store trash in a container while on board and place it in a proper receptacle after returning to shore.
  • The penalty for littering from a boat includes a fine and suspension of the boat’s Certificate of Number.
  • If boating on federally controlled waters and your boat is 26 feet or longer, you must display a Garbage Disposal Placard in a prominent location. The Garbage Disposal Placard is a durable sign that is at least 4 x 9 inches and notifies passengers and crew about discharge restrictions.
MARPOL trash placard