Fast Facts: The H.L. Hunley

CHARLESTON, S.C.- On Feb. 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley sunk the USS Housatonic, a 16-gun, 1,240-ton sloop-of-war, while it was blockading the entrance to Charleston Harbor; the Hunley became the first submarine to sink an enemy warship during wartime, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command website. In 1863, Horace Lawson […]

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Bizarre Facts: Sunlight Linked to Breakdown of Crude Oil

GULF OF MEXICO一 In a paper published on the American Association for the Advancement of Science website, two researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, Collin Ward and Danielle Haas Freeman, said sunlight could play a major role in cleaning up oil spills in the ocean. The study, published on Feb. 16, suggests that […]

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Anacapa Island Dock Under Complete Reconstruction

The deteriorating dock on the Anacapa Island’s east end is getting a modern makeover. CHANNEL ISLANDS一 On Feb. 22, Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Ethan McKinley announced the beginning of construction to replace the existing dock at Anacapa Island to improve visitor access and safety. With the installation of a vertical lifting platform, visitors, and park […]

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King Harbor is Revamping Its Public Amenities with Resident Input

The city of Redondo Beach reached out to the community for input on the decades-old waterfront debate for the first time in four years. As a result, the goal of the King Harbor Amenities Plan is to put recreational areas, such as Seaside Lagoon and the Sportfishing Pier, at the forefront of the revitalization of […]

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Sailing 101: Avoid Pier Pressure; Dock Like a Pro

Ahoy Sailors, let’s sail-a-brate! Now that you are well versed in the sailing part let’s talk about how to get you and your sailboat back home safely. Stay tuned for the next lesson, which will explain how to sail in different weather conditions. SOUTHERN CALIF.— What do you do with a sick boat? Take it […]

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Anglers Eye Upcoming Spring Season as Rockfish Closure Comes to an End!

SAN DIEGO一 Spring is coming on March 20 and Southern California anglers are keeping an eye on the surface fishing that they hope will improve with the arrival of spring if not before. In the meantime, many anglers will be celebrating the end of the annual two-month rockfish/groundfish closure in U.S./California waters by going out […]

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New Proposed Amendments to Current Laws Around White Sharks

Currently, white sharks (commonly known as great white sharks) are protected under federal and state regulations and must be immediately released if caught; proposed amendments will hinder anglers from any illegal attempts at capturing the animal. CALIFORNIA— On Feb. 14, Assemblymembers Steve Bennett and Richard Bloom introduced Ab-2109 to amend section 5517 of the Fish and Game […]

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Great White Fleet Visits West Coast

SAN DIEGO一 The USS Louisiana was photographed off the coast of Coronado, California, on April 14, 1908, during the “Great White Fleet’s” visit to the west coast. The fleet anchored off the Hotel del Coronado and spent four days in San Diego before departing for Los Angeles on April 18. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt […]

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Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Held at LAYC March 11-13

LOS ANGELES一 The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup-Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta will be held on March 11-13, just outside Angel’s Gate. The three-day, 10-race regatta is an intercollegiate sailing invitational with competitors from all over the country. This year’s defending champion, California State University Maritime Academy, will face off against 2019 winner, College […]

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife Awards $13 Million for Coho Recovery Projects

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA一 On Feb. 22, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced they would award funding to 15 multi-beneficial restoration and protection projects for North Coast coho salmon recovery. Approximately $13 million was awarded to various projects under CDFW’s 2021 Proposition 1 North Coast Coho Recovery Proposal Solicitation Notice as part of the CDFW’s […]

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Surfrider Foundation Beach Cleanup at PCH and Warner

HUNTINGTON BEACH一The Huntington and Seal Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will host a beach clean-up at Bolsa Chica State Beach off Pacific Coast Highway and Warner on March 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The foundation was founded in 1984 by Glenn Henning, Tom Pratte, and other surfers from Malibu who were concerned […]

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“I’ll Stop the World and Melt with You,” -Climate Change

A new study has found that the aftermath of melting glaciers in western North America is creating new habitats for Pacific salmon. NORTH AMERICA— A recent study conducted by Nature Communications suggests melting glaciers in western North America are creating new habitats for salmon.    Glacial retreat through the year 2100 poses benefits to salmon but also warns of […]

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CDFW Announces Statewide Fleet Advisory for Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

CALIFORNIA一 On Feb. 18, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a statewide fleet advisory for commercial Dungeness crab fishery due to a recent humpback whale entanglement, approximately five miles west of Cypress Point near Monterey Bay, Fishing Zone 4. In late January, the entanglement was reported and involved heavy lines from unknown fishing […]

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Washington State Announces Full Closure to Coastal Steelhead Fishing

OLYMPIA, Wash. 一 On March 1, the state of Washington imposed a statewide closure to coastal steelhead fishing in an effort to meet management objectives and provide necessary protection for wild steelhead populations. The closure will apply throughout the Washington coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The closure follows preliminary data, which suggests […]

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U.S. Sailing Team Updates Roster

BRISTOL, RI— The U.S. Sailing team announced on Feb. 16 that four athletes have been added to the team’s roster and four others have moved from Tier 2 to Tier 1. Upon qualification at 2021 World Championship regattas, the US Sailing Team has announced the additions of four athletes to the roster: Moving up to Tier […]

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Getting Marine Insurance: Don’t Make It An Afterthought!

NEWPORT一 After countless hours browsing web sites, attending boat shows, walking the docks, meeting with brokers, scheduling surveys, negotiating contingencies and securing funding, you’re ready to close on your vessel … getting insurance coverage should be a piece of cake right? Sadly, this may not be true. Historically, acquiring marine insurance has often been relegated […]

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