Derelict Vessel Prevention

Derelict Vessel Prevention

Derelict and abandoned vessels threaten the health and safety of the marine environment including wildlife and people. San Juan County’s Derelict Vessel Program works to remove and dispose of derelict and abandoned vessels in the County’s waters. The program also works with partners to identify vessels at risk of becoming derelict or abandoned. To learn more about the program and how you can report a derelict vessel please check out the County's Derelict Vessel Removal Program webpage.  

 

A1 Marine tows a leaking wooden boat to shore to be salvaged. The vessel had been illegally moored, then was illegally anchored. Photo: Journal of the San Juans
Some of the refuse and potentially hazardous materials that could have ended up in the water if the boat sank. Photo: Journal of the San Juans
The vessel's hull. 'This isn't a problem we've had in the past or a problem we're going to have in the future. It's a problem we have today,' said Terry Whalen of A1 Marine. Photo: Journal of the San Juans

MRC Action on the Derelict Vessel Program

The current County Derelict Vessel Program was reinstated by the County due to the hard work of former MRC member, and Port of Friday Harbor Commissioner, Barbara Marrett.  Read more about this effort in the following MRC recommendations:

Derelict Vessel Prevention