How to future proof your sailing

The world’s weather is changing. Cruising guru Jimmy Cornell explains how to future-proof your sailing and voyage planning ‘Sailing routes depend primarily on weather, which changes little over the years. However, possibly as a result of the profound changes that have occurred in the ecological balance of the world environment, there have been several freak […]

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Capturing Carbon With Kelp and Buoys

Running Tide calls these “carbon buoys.” Made from forestry residue and limestone, and seeded with kelp, they float in the open ocean where the limestone slowly dissolves and restores ocean alkalinity. They also grow kelp, which sucks in carbon via photosynthesis. After less than 3 months, a buoy sinks and becomes buried in ocean sediments […]

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Hurricane Ian brings IBEX 2022 cancellation

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that based on the weather reports from NOAA and consultation with the City of Tampa, Tampa Convention Center, and other stakeholders, the cancellation of this year’s show. “It is a very difficult decision to cancel IBEX 2022, as we were on track to have an excellent event,” said Anne […]

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NOAA Proposes Vessel Speed Restrictions to Protect Right Whale

If approved, the 10-knot, speed-restricted Seasonal Management Zones for the right whale would extend from Florida to New England and out to 100 nautical miles. Courtesy Viking Yachts The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has proposed a 10-knot, speed-restriction rule for vessels 35 feet to 65 feet length overall across a broad swath of water […]

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Growth in Protein Demand is Driving the Global Aquaculture Sector

An aquaculture facility. Photo courtesy of NOAA. A new analysis from the San Antonio, Texas research firm Frost & Sullivan says innovation in aquaculture technologies and smart farming methodologies are revolutionizing the sector and generating billions of dollars in revenue streams. The company predicts that the market will garner $415.82 billion in revenue by 2030, […]

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89-Pound Cobia Shatters State Record

Anglers (from L to R) Drew Henninger, Jesse Coulbourn, Scott Brooks, Pat Miles, and Andrew Farach pose with the record cobia and the tuna caught earlier in the day. Scott Brooks A Delaware angler who had never caught a cobia before this summer made his first one count in a big way, hooking an 89-pounder […]

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NMMA participates in Congressional briefing on fisheries

NMMA this week participated in a Hill briefing hosted by OCEANA, which focused on NOAA’s proposed rule to address ship strikes to endangered North Atlantic right whales and educated over 50 congressional staffers on the need for major revisions to NOAA’s proposal in order to achieve the shared goal of protecting the North Atlantic right […]

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IYS Research Continues on Salmon in Open Ocean

Image: International Year of the Salmon. Researchers participating in the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) are preparing to bring a team to Vancouver, Canada in October for a preliminary review of expedition findings on what happens to salmon in the North Pacific Ocean, including the Gulf of Alaska. Organizers of the IYS Synthesis Symposium, […]

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NOAA and NFWF award $7.7 million in grants

NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) this week announced $7.7 million in new grants using funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support ongoing natural infrastructure projects in seven states. These grants will support the design and implementation of projects to enhance the resilience of coastal communities and improve habitat for fish […]

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AFSC Speeds Up Data Collection To Tackle Bycatch Issues

Chinook salmon. File photo. Researchers with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) say they’re speeding up the process of gathering data to share with the fisheries managers and others on the decline of Chinook and chum salmon runs, particularly in western Alaska. The AFSC, which is collaborating with state and federal researchers, as well as […]

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Roadway Runoff Lethal to Coho, Chinook Salmon, Steelhead: Report

A chart detailing different fish species’ cumulative and time to mortality under roadway runoff. Image: NOAA Fisheries. Researchers with NOAA Fisheries have released a report showing that stormwater runoff containing a toxic compound from automobile tires washed into streams is lethal to protected coho salmon, Pacific steelhead and Chinook salmon, while sockeyes appear to be […]

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Federal Shark Fin Crackdown On Tap

These shark fins were captured in an unrelated bust by NOAA in the early 2000s. NOAA By one estimate over 70 million sharks are taken annually, chiefly for their fins. Demand for shark fin soup, considered a delicacy by many, has driven the price of shark fins sky-high. Shark fins are worth many times more […]

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Report Recommends That Fisheries Service Share Climate Resilience Information

Image via NOAA Fisheries. A report prepared for Congress by the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) work with regional fishery management councils to identify and prioritize opportunities to enhance climate resilience of federal fisheries. The report to congressional committees, released Aug. 18, found that many fisheries managers are […]

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Salmon, Steelhead Still Face Threats in Interior Columbia Basin

Image via NOAA. NOAA Fisheries researchers have determined that salmon and steelhead species in the Interior Columbia Basin protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) still need such protection, due to the impact of climate change and the need for further recovery actions. The five-year review, released in mid-August, focuses on species in the Snake […]

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NOAA Study Recommends Steps to Support Young Fishermen

Image via NOAA. New research compiled by NOAA Fisheries supports equipping beginning fishermen facing start-up challenges with tools that have been successful in helping young farmers. The study, led by Marysia Szymkowiak at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, notes the similarities between the two professions, both of which ensure food security, provide jobs and support […]

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2022 Kenai Classic Roundtable addresses invasive species

The 9th Annual Kenai Classic Roundtable included a discussion on the damage caused by aquatic invasive species. The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Blue Ribbon Commission shared concerns and sought input on solutions from an audience of key officials including U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Governor Mike Dunleavy and Dr. Richard Spinrad, NOAA Administrator. […]

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Can Prohibiting Fishing Save Florida’s Coral Reefs?

Special delivery: Sign up for the free Salt Water Sportsman email newsletter. Subscribe to Salt Water Sportsman magazine for $19 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Coral reefs are home to gag grouper, like this one. Alex Suescun Fishing isn’t destroying Florida’s coral reefs. However, prohibiting fishing is one idea that has been floated in the […]

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Can Prohibiting Fishing Save Florida’s Coral Reefs?

Special delivery: Sign up for the free Salt Water Sportsman email newsletter. Subscribe to Salt Water Sportsman magazine for $19 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. Coral reefs are home to gag grouper, like this one. Alex Suescun Fishing isn’t destroying Florida’s coral reefs. However, prohibiting fishing is one idea that has been floated in the […]

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