The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries department issued the final rule requiring descending devices to be rigged and ready for use on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper-grouper species in South Atlantic federal waters, effective July 15. The recreational fishing industry is applauding the rule, which is for all commercial, for-hire and private recreational vessels, to reduce barotrauma in deep-water species.
Turkish yard Sirena Marine says it has had runaway success with its flagship 88-footer — the boat premiered at last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival in September, and by the Miami Yacht Show in February, they’d announced five sales. To complete these and future builds, Dometic Marine has been contracted to install their Variable Capacity Chillers on the vessels. “We are proud to supply the VARCX system to Sirena Yachts, helping to further improve the already meticulously designed on-board experience through advanced climate controls,” said Dometic Marine president Eric Fetchko in a statement.
Jim Emmons, currently the non-profit outreach grants director for the Water Sports Foundation and a marine industry stalwart with more than three decades of service, has been appointed as the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Committee chairman. In this role, he will serve as liaison between the USCG and the NBSAC. “Boating safety is a major area of my professional focus, so I’m especially grateful to work closely with such a highly committed organization including dedicated council members in furthering important and ongoing boating safety initiatives,” said Emmons in a statement.