For a third straight year, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics annual report have shown a decline in deaths on America’s waterways. Statistics from 2019 show a 3.2 decease from the previous year. The nonprofit Water Sports Foundation has partnered with the USCG via a safety grant program to issue hundreds of safety video PSAs, articles and more to address safe boating. “Our follow-up attitude and behavior studies conducted and presented in late 2018 and early 2019 show that our outreach campaigns are changing the public’s attitudes and behaviors about safety,” said WSF outreach grants director Jim Emmons in a statement. Read the full report here.
As phased reopenings and eased travel restrictions continue to occur throughout the world — and on a state-by-state basis in the U.S. — the International Council of Marine Industry Associations is updating its detailed, country-by-country guide on how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting marine businesses globally. ICOMIA lobbies on behalf of national marine associations with the goal of presenting a united voice to address industry issues. The latest update can be seen here.
West Marine is offering its Pro customers virtual workshops to reinforce and teach lesser known skillsets, including digital lighting control systems on June 16, epoxy fiberglass repair on June 23, and marine audio on June 30. West Marine is also offering fishing seminars on Facebook and Instagram featuring Into the Blue captains Scott Walker and Steve Rodger.