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NOAA Names Superintendent For Mallows Bay


Last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration designated Maryland’s Mallows Bay as a national marine sanctuary, announced in 2015 and the first of its kind since 2000.

This week, NOAA named Paul "Sammy" Orlando as the area’s first superintendent.

Orlando has been with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries since 2002, and a NOAA member for 37 years.

The Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary is a 18-square-mile area on the Potomac River, which includes Maryland’s Mallows Bay — an area known for its ecological significance, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and home to bald eagles, herons, beavers, river otters and numerous species of amphibians and fish.


It is also home the “Ghost Fleet” of more than 100 World War I-era steamships and vessels, Maryland Native American heritage sites as well as the remains of long-shuttered sturgeon and caviar fisheries.

The area is accessible from a number of parks in Maryland and Virginia. Guides for paddlers and for hikers highlight points of interest, wildlife viewing tips and for kayakers and canoers, a self-guided tour of the Ghost Fleet. 



MMTA Sets Date for Conference

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AkzoNobel Nominates Board Member

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Neptune Awards Adds Category

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Sailing Convention for Women Returns

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MBIA Names Board Members

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The Hong Kong-based builder added retail locations in Australia, Dubai, Singapore and Macau.


Legend Boats Partners With Boat Fix

The Canadian builder will offer the telematics system, which provides tracking, monitoring and 24-7 service, on new models starting next year.


MarineMax Establishes Technology Division

The company’s Boatyard and Boatzon units will operate under the new entity, New Wave Innovations.


Suntex Purchases New Jersey Facility

Green Cove Marina in Brick is the company’s latest acquisition on the Jersey Shore, joining Channel Club Marina and Key Harbor Marina.