Tips for Clean
With more than 1700
vessels regularly plying its waters (some from as far away as France!),
Manhasset Bay is one of the most active recreational harbors on the east
coast. Unfortunately, boating contributes to the pollution that enters
the bay. Although each vessel may be the source of only a small amount
of pollution, the cumulative effect can help undermine water quality.
Town of North Hempstead Bay Constable monitors Marine Channels 9 and 16
and operate from the Town Dock in Port Washington.
Keep your engine
Use a bilge sock to soak
up fuel and oil that may get into your bilge
much fuel your tanks hold and donít top off. Install a device like a
Fuel Whistle so you know when you are reaching the top.
absorbent pads to catch drips while handing the fuel nozzle between the
dock and the boat.
be a Litter Bug
Remove excess packaging before you board
Keep trash secured and
pick up trash that accidentally falls overboard.
It all counts- cigarette
filters are the # one item picked up at beach clean ups, so donít toss
Itís the Law! Manhasset Bay is a No
Discharge Zone. Call the Bay Constable on Channel 9 for the pump out
boat. Pump out is also available at the Town Dock and marinas.
If you donít have a head on board, use
onshore bathrooms before casting off, make restroom stops when needed,
or bring a portable toilet on board.
Swab the decks
your decks with fresh water and a brush to reduce the need to use heavy
If you are
trailering your boat from another water body, wash it thoroughly on the
trailer to remove any hitchhiking invasive species.
Try to do large
cleaning and maintenance jobs while the boat is out of the water.
Ask your marina
or underwater diver to recycle used zincs
Use a hard (non
ablative) anti-fouling paint if you plan on scrubbing the boat bottom
while in the water.
Keep only those
fish that you will eat today.
Donít clean your
fish and toss the entrails overboard Ė bring them back to shore for
Donít cut lines
into the water.
Pick up your
traps regularly and haul them when your season is over.
regulations: Manhasset Bay is closed to shellfishing.
The bay belongs to
everyone. It is everyoneís job to use it responsibly.
A clean bay supports a
recreational economy that includes boating, fishing, restaurants, and
other waterfront businesses.