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News from Our Coasts: May 2021

5/18/2021 by US Harbors

NEWS & UPDATES FOR MAY Updates from US Harbors News & Virtual Events from Our Partners Updates from Our Coastal Business Community Photos of the Month   Updates from US Harbors Don’t forget to cast your vote for the Best Harbor in the US. The winning harbors will be announced on… SEE MORE

The Hopewell Dam, located just off Hopewell Street in Taunton, Massachusetts, once powered turbines for a manufacturing plant.

Water Crisis ‘Couldn’t be Worse’ on Oregon-California Border

5/17/2021 by US Harbors

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen wildlife refuges that… SEE MORE

Free Offices with a View: 4 Lighthouses, Courtesy of Feds

5/16/2021 by US Harbors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Dreading your eventual return to the office? The federal government is making available — for free — some waterfront workspaces with killer views that are sure to entice. But there’s a catch. The General Services Administration says the U.S. Coast Guard has decided it no longer… SEE MORE

Pandemic-hit Oyster Farmers Turn to Conservation to Survive

5/15/2021 by US Harbors

By Michael Casey. DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — When the pandemic struck last year, oyster farmer Chris Burtis soon realized the restaurants that bought his oysters had mostly closed. Without a new market, his Ferda Farms faced potential economic ruin. Then, Burtis heard The Nature Conservancy in partnership with The Pew… SEE MORE

Quiet scenes like this one await on the Schoodic peninsula, part of Acadia National Park. Photo by Alex Plummer/USHarbors.com.

What Biden’s New Initiative Means for the Parks

5/14/2021 by US Harbors

By Emily Pennington. On May 6, the Biden administration unveiled a new, ten-year plan for how it intends to make good on Executive Order 14008, which called for the conservation of 30 percent of our nation’s land and water by 2030. This number, which has been backed by scientists, is considered the… SEE MORE

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Severe Weather Preparedness: The Human Element is Key

5/13/2021 by US Harbors

By David Cannon, Director of Yacht Operations/Meteorologist WRIWX.com. The science of Meteorology and more particularly weather forecasting is an ever-evolving field. Let’s take for example its “infancy” … tracking changes and trends in weather through the use of weather instruments to collect data gave way to the use of radar… SEE MORE

Hurricane coming to shore on Key West, CA

Forecasters Expect Another Overactive Hurricane Season

5/12/2021 by US Harbors

By Allison Chinchar and Haley Brink. After last year’s record-breaking hurricane season, forecasters are expecting another overactive season. Colorado State University (CSU) released its 2021 Atlantic hurricane season forecast on Thursday morning and is predicting another above-average season this year. CSU is calling for 17 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes (Category… SEE MORE

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NOAA Announces Specs for Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog

5/12/2021 by US Harbors

NOAA Fisheries is setting 2021 and projecting 2022-2026 commercial harvest quotas for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs. The final quotas, which have remained unchanged since 2004, are: Atlantic surfclams: 3.4 million bushels Ocean quahogs: 5.36 million bushels Maine ocean quahogs: 100,000 Maine bushels In addition, the Atlantic surfclam minimum size… SEE MORE

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In light of global health concerns and the widespread cancellations of large gatherings, we recommend that you check directly with the organizer to confirm event status prior to attending.

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International Boating and Water Safety Summit

Nationwide May 17 - May 19

Global networking and education opportunity for anyone involved in boating and water safety. The International Boating and Water Safety Summit celebrates its 24th year with “Partnerships for Progress” – a close look at how recreational boating and water safety communities collaborate to save lives around the world. All from the comfort… SEE MORE

Herreshoff Marine Museum Presents: Women at Sea - ONLINE

Nationwide May 20 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern

Women at Sea relates the stories of life aboard a sailing vessel during the late 1800s while embarking on the China Trade. Frances Carleton Brastow Amesbury was one of those women, though her story is not totally unique, it tells of an adventurous series of journeys around the world. While not… SEE MORE

NOAA Online Summer Skywarn Training - ONLINE

Nationwide May 26 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Eastern

Help your National Weather Service by becoming a Storm Spotter! Storm spotters report large hail, damaging wind, tornadoes, and flooding. Spotter training will teach you how to identify and report severe weather as well as how to maintain awareness, which will help keep you and your loved ones safe and… SEE MORE