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Santa's Arrival by Lobster Boat and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Rockport, MA December 7 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed to his… SEE MORE

Portsmouth Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Portsmouth, NH December 7 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting and Food Drive! Join us to celebrate the magic of the season on the 1st Saturday of December. The parade steps off at Islington/Summer Streets and proceeds down Congress Street to Market Square and turns onto Pleasant. Music in Market Square at 5:00pm followed by Tree… SEE MORE

San Diego: Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

San Diego, CA December 7 @ 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Families, friends and neighbors are invited to kick-off the holiday season with festive fun in San Diego’s Little Italy at the 21st Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday, December 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year, the Little Italy neighborhood will make exciting enhancements to… SEE MORE

Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival

Annapolis, MD December 8

Chocolate, holiday vendors, music, family friendly entertainment and holiday light canopy. All this makes for a great street party in Annapolis. SEE MORE

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Impacts of Winter Warming Across the U.S.

12/6/2019 by US Harbors

Even though there will still be rounds of cold weather during winter, and occasional record cold, long-term temperature trends show that winters are warming across the U.S. In fact, for much of the country, winter is the fastest warming season. In the Northeast, for example, winter has warmed three times… SEE MORE

The Controversial Plan to Move Five Captive Belugas

12/4/2019 by US Harbors

By Bethany Augliere. Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut is home to the United States’ largest habitat for captive beluga whales. Of the country’s 30 captive belugas, three reside in the aquarium’s 4,000 square meter outdoor exhibit, a site dominated by a 50 by 25-meter kidney bean-shaped tank.* Now the aquarium, which… SEE MORE

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Coral reefs play a vital role in sustaining the health of our oceans and our economy.

10 Ways to Protect Coral Reefs

12/4/2019 by US Harbors

Here are some things YOU can do: Corals are already a gift, don't give them as presents. Conserve water. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that will eventually find its way back into the ocean. Volunteer in local beach or reef cleanups. If you don't live… SEE MORE

Coast Guard Poacher Patrol Rescues Sea Turtles

11/29/2019 by US Harbors

By Kirk Moore. Boat crews from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island routinely give chase to Mexican poachers who slip across the Texas border to illegally snatch shark and red snapper. On Sunday they rescued some victims of the poachers, freeing three live green sea turtles from a gill net… SEE MORE

Active 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to An End

11/27/2019 by US Harbors

The season produced 18 named storms, including six hurricanes of which three were “major” (Category 3, 4 or 5). NOAA’s outlook called for 10-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-4 major hurricanes, and accurately predicted the overall activity of the season. “During each and every hurricane season, thousands of workers… SEE MORE

NOAA to Phase Out Paper Charts Beginning Next Year

11/20/2019 by US Harbors

By Polly Saltonstall. The era of cartographers drawing charts is coming to a close. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has announced plans to phase out completely its production of traditional paper charts over the next five years in favor of electronic vector charts based on digital data. The announcement came… SEE MORE

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5 Secrets of Boat Line Maintenance

11/20/2019 by US Harbors

When sailboat owners are compiling lists of maintenance tasks for the off-season, ropes and lines rarely make the cut. These essential pieces of equipment are expected to work year after year with barely a thought. But ropes are expensive and represent a significant investment, so it pays to take care… SEE MORE

Veterans Become Budding Marine Scientists Through Internship

11/20/2019 by US Harbors

In the Puget Sound region of Washington, Kate Rovinski helps study Dungeness crabs at NOAA’s Mukilteo Research Station, part of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. The crabs are the target of a valuable West Coast fishery at high risk to the effects of ocean acidification. Rovinski got started in the lab through… SEE MORE