Marine Sanitation Device Discharge Regulations

Good water quality is critical to the health of coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass habitats of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In order to preserve the water quality of the sanctuary, vessels are not allowed to discharge any sewage from their marine sanitation devices.

All waters of the sanctuary — state and federal — are a no discharge zone. Pump-out facilities are located throughout the Keys to assist boat operators in complying with this rule. Marine sanitation devices must also be secured and locked at all times.

Note that the text above is intended as summary only; for the full text of sanctuary regulations, see 15 CFR 922 Subpart P.


For more information:

Water Quality Protection Program