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.
Regulations and Compliance
Many federal and state government regulations affect the marine industry. Trade Only follows developments as companies strive to operate in compliance with the rules.
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
National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich and European Boating Industry president Robert Marx signed a joint declaration stating the intent of both organizations to work together to reduce and eliminate what they called unnecessary regulatory costs and unjustified regulatory differences between the European Union and the United States in the boating industry. The common…more
Boat registration fees are slated to rise in North Carolina as a new law takes effect Oct. 1. For boats under 26 feet, the registration fee for one year will be $30, according to an NBC affiliate in North Carolina. For boats over 26 feet, the fee will be $50 a year. The current fee…more
A bounty on a fish? Marine scientists say an invasion of lionfish could be threatening native North Carolina reef populations and, as a result, some areas of the state are encouraging spearfishing the fish, which typically eludes hook and line angling. Known in the scientific community as Pterois volitans, lionfish are typically one-pound, footlong, reef…more