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Green summit addresses environmental standards

Plans to define what makes a green marine construction project and to eventually establish specific criteria for certification are under way following the Green Marine Summit, held last weekend in Stuart, Fla. Organized by the Florida Marine Contractors Association, a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving marine construction, the summit was designed to bring together people…more

NOAA introduces speed rule to protect right whales

The National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration issued a new regulation that, for the first time, will require large ships to reduce speeds in order to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. “The ship strike rule, based on science, is a major addition to NOAA’s arsenal of protections for this endangered species,” said Navy Vice Adm. Conrad…more

MRAA wins BOR rule revision

The Bureau of Reclamation reissued a proposed rule to support boating and fishing as an authorized usage of BOR bodies of water. The BOR originally proposed a rule that would have eliminated recreational use of its properties and returned BOR to the three basic mandates of flood control, freshwater supply and hydropower. However, after listening…more

BoatU.S. awards clean-water honor to Cornell co-op

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has presented the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, N.Y., its 2007 Clean Water Grant Excellence Award. The foundation also announced more than $50,000 in new grants to 19 groups for its 2008 Clean Water Grant program. The Cornell Cooperative Extension will receive an additional…more

San Francisco sailor wins BoatU.S. honor

Russ Robinson, a longtime San Francisco Bay sailor, won the BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award for 2008. The award, along with a $1,000 prize, is given annually to a volunteer group, government organization, company or individual in recognition of efforts to protect the marine environment and promote clean boating. Robinson has served on many government…more

BoatU.S. seeks award nominees

BoatU.S. is seeking nominees for its Recreational Boating Access Award. The Recreational Boating Access Award honors an individual, group, government body, business or non-profit organization that has succeeded in preserving or improving waterway access. Examples of solutions include public/private partnerships, changes in land use planning or permitting processes, tax incentives, legislation or public ballots, publicity…more

Genmar joins Green Tier program in Wisconsin

Genmar Yacht Group LLC of Pulaski, Wis., became the newest participant in the state’s Department of Natural Resources’ Green Tier program. Formerly known as Carver Boat Corp., Genmar Yacht Group manufactures Carver and Marquis luxury yachts. Genmar Yacht Group has already made strides in environmental excellence, reducing VOC emissions, implementing a facility-wide waste minimization program,…more

Florida contractors group hosting “green” summit

The Florida Marine Contractors Association is hosting a Green Marine Summit Oct. 10-11 at the Marriott Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Fla. The workshop is designed for marinas, marine contractors, boatyards, waterfront businesses and others. Topics include funding green marine construction, building green in government-owned waters, and green marina development. The cost is $150 per person.…more

Grant helps N.C. preserve public access

North Carolina officials recently made their first purchase from the state’s Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund, a $20 million fund approved last year by the state’s general assembly. State legislators approved the WAMI fund as a way to pay for acquiring waterfront properties or developing facilities to provide, or improve, waterfront access for the…more

Rule would create overtime exemption

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a proposed rule to revise out-of-date statutes under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and the Portal-to-Portal Act of 1947, the Marine Retailers Association of America said in a “Dealer Alert” it issued this week. The FLSA requires employers to pay non-exempt employees a federal minimum…more

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