some points of consideration:
1. pls stop insulting nations just because they have different laws. Your definition of "civilized" might be way different than that of others and there's much more bad things for the marine environment
paints... like the biggest oil spill
for example. When we allow this discussion to take the path of nation vs nation it will end badly imo.
2. don't even think for a second that "legal" anti-fouling
is good for the environment
3. somebody should calculate the impact of a 70% copper based paint
applied each year vs. a 20% TBT + 40% copper based paint applied every 3 years. In other words, does 3 times the amount of this legal
70% copper paint still impact the environment (much) less than this TBT based paint?
4. afaik I never broke the law using TBT paint. It's legal
here. I used a "legal" 70% copper paint during a haul-out in the USA and it was completely finished 2 months later in the Caribbean
(put on in FL, 100% shot in the DR). What I mean here is that it's easy to take a standpoint against a highly effective paint when your own cruising waters don't require that level of protection. Nations closer to the equator have to deal with a completely different level of fouling.