Death of baby oysters spurs global-warming debate

In the state of Washington, billions of baby oysters in Pacific inlets are dying and, while lobbyists and financial backers debate the cause, politicians are staking their claim in the fight.

“It used to be the canary in the coal mine,” Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington said in a recent interview. “Now it’s the oyster in the half shell. You can’t overstate what this means to Washington.”

The Democratic governor, aided by what is expected to be millions of dollars from his billionaire out-of-state friend Tom Steyer, is using the story of Washington’s oysters to make the case for passing the most far-reaching climate-change policies in the nation, according to a report by The New York Times.

In 2013, Steyer’s group spent $275,000 in Washington to help ensure the election of four pro-environment candidates to the local council in Whatcom County, where candidates normally spend less than $25,000 for a single race.

As a result, prospects are now dim for council approval of a proposed $600 million port in Whatcom near the border with British Columbia, which, if constructed, would facilitate the shipment of 48 million tons of coal annually to Asia from Montana and Wyoming, according to the Times.

The port would be a lifeline for the states’ coal producers, who anticipate the shutdown of American coal-fired power plants because of emissions limits proposed by the Obama administration.


Avoid Cutoff Confusion

Dealers should familiarize themselves with a new law requiring engine cutoff switches so they can inform their customers. Meanwhile, a new program puts Ohio youth in kayaks to learn about the importance of the Great Lakes.

Wave Wifi MNC1250

Wave WiFi has solutions to keep boats online further from shore using the fastest possible internet connections. Wave WiFi’s new Dual Band Marine Network Controller with SIM-activated cellular system (MNC1250) distributes fast reliable internet onboard. It can be connected to any internet source including cellular data using the built-in universal SIM card slot and transmits both 2.4 and 5GHz AP signals for speed and reliability. Gigabit ports provide fast throughput and Wave’s proprietary GUI (Graphic User Interface) makes it easy to set up and operate. New Multi Active WAN feature allows you to assign devices to a designated internet source of your choosing. Cameras, door alarms, and other devices can run on cellular while onboard users are connected to other land based hot spots.

OneWater Acquires T-H Marine

OneWater Marine purchased the Huntsville, Ala.-based P&A provider for around $185 million.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Starfisher

The Portugal-based yard builds powerboats from 25 to 35 feet and was doing subcontracting work for the group.

Winnebago Posts Record Q4, Fiscal Year

The Chris-Craft and Barletta parent reported full year revenue of $3.6 billion, a 54 percent increase from 2020.

DAME Awards Shortlist Announced

The jury chose 53 of the 103 entries as finalists, and the winners will be announced during Metstrade in November.