California accepting bids for $3.75 million in grants

Publish date:
Abandoned boats are a big concern in California.

Abandoned boats are a big concern in California.

California’s Division of Boating and Waterways is accepting grant applications to help public entities enhance safety on the state’s waters and to help reduce the number of abandoned and unwanted vessels. The application period for the grant programs, Boating Safety and Enforcement Equipment and Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange is open from March 16 through April 16.

“With more than four million motorized and non-motorized recreational boaters on California’s waterways, it is important to support local public entities in enhancing safety and protecting the environment,” Ramona Fernandez, DBW’s acting deputy director, said in a statement. “Together we can provide more positive experiences to the recreational boating community.”

In 2019, DBW awarded 16 BSEE grants totaling $1.1 million and 30 SAVE grants in the amount of $2.6 million. This year, $3.75 million is available.


A Win for Gulf Reef Fish

The newly authorized DESCEND Act requires anglers to use descending gear when releasing catches in federal Gulf of Mexico waters.

Coast Guard Foundation Names Chairman

Thomas A. Allegretti will lead the non-profit’s board of directors.

In-Person Charleston Show Opens Friday

Under Covid-19 guidelines, the South Carolina boat show has a modified format for the safety of attendees and exhibitors.

Polaris Sees Q4 Surge

The powersports manufacturer had solid gains in every segment, with boat sales up 20 percent.

ABYC Updates Board

The group added a new member and elected several officers, including Nancy Cueroni as chairman.

Quick Hits: January 27, 2021

ICOMIA release its latest state of the industry report; one of the country’s largest waterjet cutting machines goes online at Maine’s Front Street Shipyard; and T-H Marine Supplies names a new national sales and marketing manager.

Q&A with Martin Bjuve

Volvo Penta of the Americas president and lifelong boater Martin Bjuve.

Changing Currents

E-mobility efforts remain centered outside of the U.S.

The Evolving Retail Culture

Finding new ways to connect with boaters.