Because of its contact with water, boat hulls are the ideal environment for the development of algae and other organisms that eventually cover the lower part of the boat. The matter that forms on the boat is not something one could ignore and different ways are used to remove the fouling. A huge cause for concern is that many methods that are used to remove fouling are highly poisonous and dangerous to the nearby wildlife. Zinc and Copper, two substances that are very commonly used for antifouling are extremely toxic in large quantities and can create a significant impact on the surrounding ecosystem. Antifouling paints are full of biocides that are severely damaging to the flora and fauna of the sea water. Environmentalists are concerned about the effects such products will have on the ocean animals and plants and are warning boat owners about the dangerous consequences as well as encouraging them to choose safer options that will not threaten the unspoilt nature.
Make Better Choices
Any boat owner should be aware of the consequences his or her actions have on the aquatic wildlife. Making better choices could help protect the ecosystem of the entire ocean. Whether you have a yacht or a speed boat, antifouling is a necessity. It is, however, possible to ensure the process is safe for the environment. During yacht, ship or speed boat antifouling, scrapings should not be thrown into the sea, but should be disposed of elsewhere. Speed boat antifouling, in particular, can produce a lot of excessive waste that poisons the water around the boat. Non-biocide paints or an ultrasonic antifouling kit can help prevent fouling without the damaging effect. An ultrasonic antifouling kit releases no toxins whatsoever and uses vibrations to keep the hull spotless. So if not sure what to opt for, an ultrasonic antifouling kit might be the greener choice.