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Abandoned Vessels and Clean Marine Project

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Project Overview

Large marine debris objects, such as abandoned vessels and fishing and boating gear, can have adverse impacts on coastal habitats, wildlife, water quality, and navigational safety. With funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program we seek to accomplish the following:
1) Removal of derelict vessels in Charleston Harbor
2) Coordination of Clean Marine disposal events throughout Charleston County.
Since the project started in 2014, 9.6 tons of unwanted boating and fishing gear were collected during the April 2015 Clean Marine Disposal Event and 10 abandoned and derelict vessels totaling 68 tons were removed from Charleston Harbor in September 2015. See Results. (Excel)

This project is being coordinated by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control - Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM), with additional assistance from numerous community partners.

What is the Clean Marine Disposal Event?

The next Clean Marine Disposal Event will be May 12 -14, 2016 from 9 AM – 4 PM. Residents of Charleston County are invited to bring their unwanted gear to the following locations. Volunteers will be on-site to assist:
Clean Marine Drop-Off Locations:

  • Charleston City Marina (Downtown Charleston)
  • Charleston Boat Emporium (Mount Pleasant)
  • Charleston Sail and Power Squadron (West Ashley)
  • Folly Landing (Folly Beach)
  • Sewee Outpost (Awendaw)
  • The Palmetto Store (McClellanville)
  • Wappoo Landing (West Ashley)
  • Edistonian/B.P. Gas Station (Edisto)
  • W.O. Thomas Landing (North Charleston)

Clean Marine FAQs:
Fishing gearI’m interested in my business or community being a drop-off location. How do I get involved? Please contact EV Bell at
Can I get rid of my boat or trailer during this event? Yes. Charleston County Waste Management is waiving the tipping fee for any Charleston County resident who brings their boat and/or trailer to Bees Ferry Landfill during this event. (Thursday, 9am–4pm; Friday, 9am–4pm; and Saturday, 9am–3pm.)
What items can I bring to the drop-off locations?: Most unwanted boating and fishing gear items will be accepted. Examples of items that are accepted and not accepted are listed below:

Boat batteries
Oils, paints, solvents
Gas or Propane
Boat motors
Commercial grade oils, paints, solvents
Life jackets
Boat cushions
Metal railings and ladders
Fishing rods/tackle
Fishing line (monofilament)
Trailer tires
Boat eletronics

I’m interested in volunteering – how can I get involved?
We need volunteers! For more information on volunteering, please review the attached flyer. To register, please fill out the survey:
 2015 Clean Marine Debris project
How can I stay up-to-date with information on the event? Please “like” our Clean Marine Facebook Page at and our South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Facebook Page If you are a volunteer, you will be hearing from your site captain periodically with updates.”

How do I report an abandoned vessel?

You can report an abandoned vessel by filling out the online reporting form found on the SCDHEC-OCRM website. You can also report an abandoned vessel by accessing the SCDHEC "My Coast" smart phone application:

Additional resources
Find “Charleston County Clean Marine” on Facebook

Last updated: 1/24/2017 1:14:55 PM
Abandoned Vessels and Clean Marine Project


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