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NOAA touts role of satellite in rescues

The NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263 people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in 2012. In addition to their role in weather prediction, the polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the international Search and…more

Maryland honors top clean marinas

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is honoring four businesses with Clean Marina of the Year awards for 2012, based on their size and services. The winners are: • Small marina: Paradise Marina, Deale • Small boatyard: Rockhold Creek Marina, Deale • Large marina: Baltimore Marine Center Lighthouse Point, Baltimore • Large boatyard: Tidewater Yacht…more

Groups seek invasive-species inspections in New York

A coalition of Adirondack Park and New York environmental groups is asking state officials to help create mandatory boat inspections for Lake George to thwart the spread of invasive species. The coalition sent a letter Monday to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens asking for action on the issue, according…more

NOAA: 2012 temperatures will set record

Another warmer-than-average November is prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to announce that 2012 is “virtually certain” to be the warmest year on record, or 140 years of record keeping, in the contiguous United States. “It appears virtually certain that 2012 will surpass the current record (set in 1998 at 54.3 degrees) as the…more

NOAA reports above-average hurricane season

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean this year saw above-average storm activity and marked the second consecutive year that the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast “suffered devastating impacts from a named storm,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “This year proved that it’s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact…more

Wyoming cracks down on invasive species

Wyoming conducted more than 38,600 boat inspections this summer under a program that aims to keep undesirable mussels and other invasive species out of the state’s lakes and reservoirs. Only 219 of the inspections were considered high-risk for possibly having invasive species, and 94 of those resulted in watercraft being decontaminated, Beth Bear, invasive species…more

EPA recommends new water-quality testing

New recommendations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding recreational water quality could affect the marine industry. That’s according to Larry Innis, legislative affairs director for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, who said in an email that the recommended new recreational clean water criteria shorten testing periods, making larger swings possible in contaminants.…more

Study says climate changes will make fish smaller

Fish are likely to get smaller by 2050, according to a new study. “The reductions in body size will affect whole ecosystems,” lead author William Cheung of the University of British Columbia in Canada told Reuters about the findings in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study’s authors attribute the size difference to changes in…more

California adds invasive-species prevention fee

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will levy a quagga and zebra mussel infestation prevention fee on state vessel registrations. The funds from the registration fee will go toward a grant program for the implementation and administration of dreissenid mussel infestation, inspection and prevention programs, according to the Recreational Boaters of…more

New York lake struggles with invasive species

Two years and $1.5 million later, efforts to rid a New York lake of a harmful invasive clam seem to have failed. With fast-breeding Asian clams now spreading in Lake George, the best hope is to keep their numbers in check — a costly fight that could last for years — and wait for a…more

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