State, National & World News
NATIONWIDE —The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Transportation are seeking comment on a proposal to reduce coverage provided by the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS).
EDGEWATER, Fla. — Leading California-area dealership Sun Country Marine, Inc. announced the addition of Boston Whaler to its locations’ offerings, marking a new partnership between the legendary boat manufacturer and the long respected dealer.
WATSONVILLE— West Marine has announced the 29 youth boating nonprofit organizations that are receiving $1,500 checks from its BlueFuture Fund. Hundreds of youth boating organizations throughout the country were nominated for the first allocation of the BlueFuture Fund grants.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man whose phony mayday call led to a seven-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard was sentenced last month to a year in prison, and federal prosecutors said they hoped the penalty sends a message to other potential pranksters.
NOAA has awarded more than $675,000 in grants to 13 projects aimed at aiding coastal communities in their fight against marine debris.
KENNEBUNKPORT, ME — Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush set sail last month with the crew of Impossible Dream.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut have charged two people they say broke into a boat at a Norwalk marina to enjoy a fast food meal and take some selfies while a family of five slept on board.
STATEWIDE — It is not uncommon for an angler to reel in a rockfish and believe – because of eyeballs popping out – life has left the scaly red/orange body.
NATIONWIDE — A federal policy on reporting conventions for recreational boating accidents is about to be overhauled for the first time in five decades.
SACRAMENTO — A new recreational vessel sewage management guide, “When Nature Calls”, is now available for boaters. This new guide provides information on the proper use of marine sanitation devices and stationary sewage pumpouts, and proper boat sewage management.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After 150 years at the bottom of the Savannah River, the armored skeleton of the Confederate warship CSS Georgia is being raised to the surface one 5-ton chunk at a time.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches – a geographic shift that scientists attribute in large part to the warming of the ocean.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to lower the state's sales tax on the purchase of yachts and other boats could be moving forward as soon as next month.
Two entrepreneurs have issued a call for backers to help turn their vision into a tangible dream: Fish Call, a compact device using sounds and vibrations to lure fish to the line.
HAVANA (AP) — A $3 million yacht recently left Key West with two barbeque grills, 250 channels of satellite TV and a just-in-case plan for rescuing stranded Cuban rafters encountered in the Florida Straits.