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Coast Guard Issues Warning to Mariners Turning off AIS

1/22/2021 by US Harbors

The Coast Guard is issuing a warning to mariners and commercial fisherman about the dangers and legal consequences of disabling a vessel’s Automated Identification System. The Coast Guard has seen an alarming increase of commercial fishing and crabbing vessels disabling their AIS, purportedly in an attempt to keep their fishing… SEE MORE

News from Our Coasts: January 2021

1/20/2021 by US Harbors

NEWS & UPDATES FOR JANUARY Updates from US Harbors News & Virtual Events from Our Partners Updates from Our Coastal Business Community Photos of the Month   Updates from US Harbors The first full moon of the New Year will occur on January 28th – learn why it’s called the… SEE MORE

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Boating 101: What to Look for During a Sea Trial

1/13/2021 by US Harbors

Taking a boat for a sea trial—or taking it for “test run”—should be an essential part of the boat-buying process. What to look for during this test, however, isn’t always clear to new boaters. Here are several areas worthy of your attention. For a more thorough evaluation, consider asking a… SEE MORE

Michigan and Illinois to Curtail Invasive Carp

1/13/2021 by US Harbors

By Joseph Healy. The governors of Illinois and Michigan will work jointly to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp. The cooperative effort is focused on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in the Chicago Area Waterway System near Joliet, Ill., a critical point for keeping bighead, silver and black… SEE MORE

USCG to Enforce Security Zones for the Inauguration

1/13/2021 by US Harbors

The Coast Guard will enforce three temporary security zones in the National Capital Region for the 59th Presidential Inauguration, beginning at 8 a.m., on January 13 and ending 8 a.m., January 25, 2021. During the enforcement period, entry into or remaining in the zones is prohibited by law, unless authorized by the… SEE MORE

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5.7 Earthquake Hits 127 Miles Off Oregon Coast

1/12/2021 by US Harbors

By The Associated Press, KOIN 6 News Staff. A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck about 127 miles (204 kilometers) off the Oregon coast late Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake struck just after 11 p.m., west of Bandon, Oregon. The Northwest National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska,… SEE MORE

Coast Guard Warns of Heavy Weather in Northern California

1/4/2021 by US Harbors

The Coast Guard urges the public to use caution on or near the water as winter weather forecasts include heavy seas and strong winds in Northern California through Tuesday evening. With large waves forecasted to reach 22 feet and wind gusts expected to exceed 40 mph, the public should check weather,… SEE MORE

Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mel Melcon

2020 Took Weather to New Extremes

1/4/2021 by US Harbors

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow. As most of us are breathing a sigh of relief that 2020 is over, many meteorologists are doing the same thing. The year featured devastating wildfires and hurricanes, tornadoes, derechos and flooding, and just about everything else the atmosphere has to offer. Wildfires and… SEE MORE

The Newport Commercial Fishing Fleet

Survey Shows Extent of COVID-19 Impact to East Coast Fishermen

12/30/2020 by US Harbors

By Kirk Moore. Up to 40 percent of fishermen from Maine to North Carolina suspended their operations in spring 2020 as the covid-19 pandemic collapsed the seafood market, according to new findings from a Rutgers University study. “A lot of what we found was that in the early months of… SEE MORE

Boating 101: How to Read Navigational Charts

12/29/2020 by US Harbors

By Pete McDonald. There’s an old saying you used to hear that states: “It’s not where you’re going, it’s how you get there.” With the speed and accuracy of today’s chart plotters, it seems like the “how” part of boating has never been easier. But don’t let the ease of… SEE MORE


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