You could dump food over the side. What the Coasties are saying is this.
Here in the USA, you cannot dump any kind of trash inside 12 miles from shore. Food might be ok? Over 12 miles from shore, you can dump trash.
Plastic trash is a very big no no. Never dump plastic trash. It kills fish and other marine life.
. You could be fined as high as $ 10,000 US dollars for throwing trash over the side. Or just a single
item if caught. And oil
contamination is one of the big offenses. So everybody, make sure that your bilge
has no oil sloshing around inside it. Before turning on the bilge
pumps, before heading out.