The Great Lakes Boating Federation says an Army Corps of Engineers study about the spread of aquatic nuisance species into Lake Michigan is thorough, but does not adequately address the interests of Great Lakes and Mississippi River anglers and boaters.
During the last several months, dolphins have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked-off fins and federal officials said they are looking into the mysterious deaths.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a rule requiring anyone leaving or approaching public waters in 17 north Texas counties to drain their boats to prevent the further spread of invasive zebra mussels and is proposing that 28 additional north and central Texas counties be added to the mandate. As a result of the…more
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law Wednesday that will give tax breaks to car, RV and boat buyers with trade-ins, a move celebrated by the Michigan Boating Industries Association. Michigan will now follow the same policy as surrounding states, which allow consumers to pay sales tax only on the difference between the trade-in value…more
A water resources bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with 417 votes last week would address dredging issues, do a comprehensive study of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, require that the Army Corps of Engineers see the Great Lakes as one system rather than port by port and begin addressing how to spend money…more
Marine facilities that handle hazardous chemicals will have to train employees on new label elements by Dec. 1 because of a change in the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations standards. The changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.…more
The Maine Maritime Academy was awarded a $1.4 million research grant to study and develop environmentally savvy transportation technology. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant is the largest research grant that the school has ever received, according to the Bangor Daily News. It will fund the academys efforts to build a marine engine-testing and emissions…more
The International Council of Marine Industry Associations appointed Patrick Hemp as the group’s new technical manager. Hemp will represent ICOMIA on technical legislative and standardization issues covering recreational craft, restricted-range superyachts and equipment, including marine engines, the group announced. A naval architect with almost 20 years of project management and design experience, Hemp is from…more