The OBC adopted the International environmental agency Blue Flag as the benchmark in which to compare ourselves against international environmental marina standards. Blue Flag focusses on the following;
- Environmental education and information
- Environmental management
- Safety and service facilities
- Water quality
To meet these objectives required appropriate policies and procedures. Having the support of the Executive Committee enabled these to be put in place in time for an audit carried out by their NZ representatives. The audit resulted in the club becoming only the third facility in Australasia to receive Blue Flag Accreditation. Sustainable and safe boating combined with responsible recreational fishing by club members was acknowledged by the auditing team. Particular interest was given to the work carried out by club volunteers over recent years in achieving both pest free status and native plant and fauna planting on Motuihe Island.