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Boating best practice

El Port de Mataró és un referent en aspectes mediambientals i de gestió de residus.

Navegar amb respecte i fer ús de les instal·lacions amb consideració preserva el nostre planeta pel futur dels nostres fills.

When sailing

Slow down.

Navigating with respect for aquatic life. Speeding increases consumption, generates noise both in and out of the sea, and increases pollution.


Having an efficient and well designed boat to avoid such impacts and make a responsible use of it.


Replacing the old engine of our boats with one more ecological and efficient, which has low decibel and smoke levels.


Sailing as long as possible during our journey: we’ll enjoy the sea even more, we’ll contribute to sustainability and our time on board will be unforgettable.

Do not throw food overboard

Do NOT ever throw food into the sea, as it contributes to transform an environament that should be kept as natural as possible. The effect of seeing food floating around is not pleasant, it spoils the landscape and changes the behaviour of animals.

Sensitive areas

Avoid navigating through ecologically sensitive areas. To this end, it is necessary to find out where we’re sailing and whether the area is declared a sensitive area for cetaceans, turtles or other pelagics.


Anchoring with respect for the life of the environament where we are. When sailing, sea lovers use to search for virgin and calm places, as these are often the most beautiful and fragile. We need to value the environmental impact on the surroundings derived from our presence or attitude.

Less pressure

If we are going to anchor in sensitive areas full of people, we must be responsible and look for a different less pressured area.


Fishing in a responsible manner, only in permitted areas and never in protected, sensitive or high-pressured extraction areas. Seeding first for fishing later.

When being in port or in anchoring areas

Sewage waters control


Avoid generating sewage waters: carrying out a good maintenance of the boat and/or trusting professional nautical workshops having environmental management system certificate such as ISO 14001 or EMAS Regulation.


Check that the sewage waters vacuum system works properly through efficient, closed systems that ensure a good management of contaminated water.

Do NOT ever throw sewage waters into open sea.

Onboard waste management


Guarantee a good waste management by taking it to the selection points in the Port, to the nearest green point of the city or town or, if necessary, taking it home.


Make a smart green purchase before getting on board. In order to generate less waste, the challenge is to avoid it by minimizing packaging, wrapping, paper and cardboard.


Bring reusable containers suitable for each function, plastic water bottles, airtight plastic boxes for food, resistent fabric bags for fruit and food, and have bags or boxes to return basic waste (paper, plastic, packaging…).

NEVER dispose of waste of any kind into the open sea.

Buoy field mooring


Require an ecological and well planned mooring with low-impact systems that do not exceed the carrying capacity of the environament and never on protected comunities such as marine phanerogams beds or on highly fragile habitats or species.


Require that all services derived from nautical activities in the mooring area are sustainable and respectful of the marine environament.

Port de Mataró is a benchmark in environmental and waste management issues.

Sailing and using the facilities with due respect preserves our planet for the future of our children.

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