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Global Warming’s Extreme Rains Threaten Hawaii’s Coral Reefs

4/17/2021 by US Harbors

By Caleb Jones / AP News. As muddy rainwater surged from Hawaii’s steep seaside mountains and inundated residential communities last month, the damage caused by flooding was obvious — houses were destroyed and businesses swamped, landslides covered highways and raging rivers and streams were clogged with debris. But extreme rain… SEE MORE

‘Average’ Atlantic Hurricane Season to Reflect More Storms

4/16/2021 by US Harbors

Beginning with this year’s hurricane season outlooks, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record. The updated averages for the Atlantic hurricane season have increased with 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes. The average for major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) remains… SEE MORE

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Boating 101: Spring Checklist

4/15/2021 by US Harbors

By John Page Williams. Hooray for spring! It’s time to get out on the water. But first, make sure your boat is ready to run smoothly, reliably, and safely. (And even if you have been fishing all winter, it’s a good time to check over your rig for an even… SEE MORE

Extended and New Slow Zones to Protect Right Whales

4/14/2021 by US Harbors

NOAA Fisheries announces the extension of two Slow Zones set to expire south of Nantucket and establishes another Slow Zone southeast of Chatham, MA. On April 9, 2021 several aggregations of right whales were detected south of Nantucket, MA by the NOAA North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Survey and southeast of… SEE MORE

USCG Changes Certificate of Documentation to 5 Years

4/14/2021 by US Harbors

Of the nation’s nearly 12 million registered recreational boats, those owners who federally document their vessels, or about 165,000 boats, will be spared the hassle of renewing their U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation every year as a result of recent rule change that now makes documentation valid for five years.… SEE MORE

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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