Information and Resources to help you navigate Covid-19

We here at US Harbors are collecting all the information we can to help you through these strange times.

The situation around the country, and the world, is changing at a rapid rate. We endeavor to keep our information up to date and relevant. Please be aware that regulations do vary from state to state. You can find all our Covid-19 related news under this tag /covid-19

Is Boating a Safe Social Distancing Activity?

In most circumstances, boating is a safe activity in terms of limiting infection. Please be aware of the specific rules at the local marina or town boat ramp – getting into the water can be the most high risk part of the boating trip, depending on how busy the boat launch area is. Please also take into consideration who accompanies you on your boat. It is advised to limit boat passengers to those already in your household. Some states have a limit on the number of people allowed on a boat.

Once out on the water, maintain distance from other boats, and be extra vigilant of those in the water around you. Boaters, as a type, are generally very safety conscious, and that attitude is just as important now as it ever is. Every prevented accident is one less thing that our brave key workers have tackle – keeping the resources available to deal with the covid-19 pandemic.

More rules, tips and advice can be found here: Must-Know Rules for 2020 Summer Boating During COVID 19

Where Can I Go Boating?


What Boat Ramps are Open in My Area?


What events are still going on?

Many events have been cancelled to limit spread of the coronavirus. Some are able to transition to a virtual. online version of the event, and some are postponed till later in the year, or the following year altogether. We are still posting events on our site, however we encourage you to check directly with the organizer before attending. You can see all the events here:

Help for Coastal Businesses

We are posting updates from any and all coastal business, organization or local authority. If you want to get word out to boaters in your area, you can submit news for our weekly update here:

Health & Safety Filter

Manatee County Declares Local State of Emergency for Piney Point Leak

4/5/2021 by US Harbors

By Jesse Mendoza. Manatee County commissioners declared a local state of emergency on Thursday evening in response to a leak at the former Piney Point fertilizer processing plant. The leak has put phosphogypsum stacks at Piney Point in danger of collapsing, which has led the owner, HRK Holdings, under an emergency order… SEE MORE

Newport International Boat Show

Newport Names New Harbormaster

3/31/2021 by US Harbors

After a three-month search, the City of Newport has named former Block Island Harbormaster Stephen C. Land to the City’s top harbor post. Land assumes the role following the sudden passing of longtime Harbormaster Timothy J. Mills in December. Over the course of a three-month long search process, a total… SEE MORE

Clearwater Beach, FL - Image copyright Michelle Maria, Pixabay license

News from Our Coasts: March 2021

3/25/2021 by US Harbors

NEWS & UPDATES FOR MARCH Updates from US Harbors News & Virtual Events from Our Partners Updates from Our Coastal Business Community Photos of the Month   Updates from US Harbors US Coast Guard announces new law requiring use of engine cut-off switches on recreational vessels less than 26 feet… SEE MORE

Image Courtesy of Alicia Biggart

Lobster Boats Gather to Protest Floating Wind Turbine

3/24/2021 by US Harbors

By Don Carrigan. Scores of Maine lobstermen left the docks Sunday morning to protest plans to build a floating offshore wind turbine near Monhegan Island. The protest rally included about 80 boats, according to several of the fishermen, and was held a dozen miles offshore, close to the spot where… SEE MORE

Boating 101: Get Your VHF Radio Ready for the Season

3/24/2021 by US Harbors

Courtesy of BoatUS Foundation. In recreational boating, cellphones are just fine for routine communications. So why do you need a VHF radio – either a handheld or fixed mount – on your boat? Because in an emergency it’s the only thing that can directly connect you to the U.S. Coast… SEE MORE

Port of Valdez, Alaska

Boaters Answer the Call in Alaska

3/22/2021 by US Harbors

By Daniel Harding Jr. Paws digging into the frozen earth, breath floating skyward in the negative-30-degree air. Musher Leonhard Seppala strains to see through the blizzard and otherworldly landscape ahead of him. The year was 1925, and Seppala had just completed the harrowing final leg of a sled dog relay… SEE MORE

Endangered North Atlantic right whales are dying at an alarming rate, with heavy losses in Canadian waters.

Covid Relief Package has Some Help for Seafood

3/18/2021 by US Harbors

By Jessica Hathaway. President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law on Thursday, March 11, almost one year after the CARES Act established the country’s first federal coronavirus relief bill. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is the largest spending package in U.S. history and contains significantly less relief for the commercial… SEE MORE

Flood Knocks U.S. Buoy Data Offline

3/16/2021 by US Harbors

By Mike Schuler. A flood at the U.S. National Weather Service’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland has knocked out power to servers processing NOAA’s marine buoy data, rendering the data inaccessible to the public. A timeline for when the data will be restored has not yet been determined. The NOAA… SEE MORE