Conversation with a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer

After a long, wild ride, U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Shannon Scaff relives a storied career, plots his next mission and shares his watery wisdom. After a long, wild ride, U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Shannon Scaff relives a storied career, plots his next mission and shares his watery wisdom. Listen in the player below: […]

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Coast Guard Urged to Improve Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Efforts

Photo: Government Accountability Office. A new report from the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that to date the U.S. Coast Guard has implemented just five of 22 key statutory requirements for improved vessel safety established strategic goals and performance goals for its commercial fishing vessel safety program. The GAO report, released in early November, […]

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Key West Poker Run Wednesday Departure Wave Canceled

<!– In the News: Key West Poker Run Wednesday Departure Wave Canceled –> Participants slated to depart tomorrow from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other nearby South Florida cities for the 30th annual Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run will have to wait at least another day. With subtropical storm Nichole predicted to become a […]

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What About Those Abandoned Boats?

Abandoned or derelict vessels, such as this one in Florida, are a problem for the public wherever they are. Sam Hudson You’ve probably seen them at some point in your fishing life. Sometimes they are on moorings, but obviously have not been moved for years. Sometimes they are resting in a backwater, covered in seabird […]

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Coast Guard Encounters Russian, Chinese Ships Near Alaska

A Coast Guard cutter Kimball crewmember observing a foreign vessel in the Bering Sea on Sept. 19, 2022. Courtesy photo. Crew aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter homeported in Honolulu reported encountering a formation of Russian and Chinese naval ships near Alaska while on patrol in the Bering and Chukchi seas in October. A Coast […]

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NOAA Releases Five-Year Strategy for Combating IUU Fishing

Image: NOAA. Federal fisheries officials and their partners have released their National Five-Year Strategy for Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, a global problem impacting ocean ecosystems, the economy and food security.  The strategy, announced in mid-October, details U.S. priorities and plans for the next five years to promote maritime security worldwide. The strategy […]

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USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Astoria, Oregon

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast. Image via USCG. After 55 days on narcotics enforcement patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast returned to Astoria, Oregon on Oct. 3. The 210-foot medium endurance cutter traveled over 11,000 miles between Oregon and Central America, doing training, law enforcement, search and rescue and helicopter operations in international […]

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Registration Now Open for Fall Session of the Captain School at ABM

PHOTO COURTESY OF ABM Ready to pursue your Merchant Mariner Credential? The Captain School at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York, announced its fall session of courses needed to secure a captain’s license, including Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels, Masters Upgrade and Towing Endorsement courses. Upon completion of coursework and testing, students will […]

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Registration opens for ABYC, USCG Risk Mitigation Series 3

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) will be hosting the third webinar in their free online USCG/ABYC Risk Mitigation Series, titled “Defect Notification and Product Recalls,” to be held Nov. 9 from 2-4 p.m. EST. In the past year, the USCG/ABYC Risk Mitigation Series has included such topics as “Regulations […]

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Sea Tow’s life jacket loaner program opens 1000th location

The Sea Tow Foundation, with support from MarineMax and Sea Tow International, held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the opening of its 1,000th Life Jacket Loaner Stand at the Seminole Street Boat Ramp in Clearwater, FL. The Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program started in 2008 with a single location where boaters could […]

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Sunken Fishing Vessel No Longer Environmental Threat: USCG

Crews work aboard the Aleutian Isle on Sept. 20, 2022. U.S. Coast Guard photo. A commercial fishing vessel that sank in mid-August near Sunset Point off Washington’s San Juan Island, was recovered, defueled and on a salvage barge as of Sept. 21, and no longer posed a significant threat to the environment, the U.S. Coast […]

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Sunken Fishing Vessel Raised Off San Juan Island

Response vessels with vacuum trucks on board at work off the San Juan Islands in Washington state. Image: U.S. Coast Guard. A commercial fishing vessel that sank near Washington’s San Juan Island on Aug. 13, with estimated 2,600 gallons of diesel and oil on board, was successfully lifted to the surface this past week, in […]

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NMMA’s Robert Newsome appointed to National Boating Safety Advisory Committee

Last week, Robert Newsome, NMMA’s senior vice president of operations, was sworn in to the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC), following his appointment to the Federal Advisory Committee by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. NBSAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the United States […]

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Coast Guard Foundation announces 2022 salute to the Coast Guard event

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced today the New York Salutes the Coast Guard event will be held October 6 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City. The evening will highlight the missions and service of U.S. […]

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IBEX announces 2022 Innovation Awards judges

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced today the distinguished list of judges for the 2022 IBEX Innovation Awards Program. The program is managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI). Awards will be presented during the annual Industry Breakfast, Keynote, and Innovation Awards presentation, held from […]

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New Rules of Fire Fighting on Boats

“It was like a fire-breathing dragon.” Fire on the water is no joke. Learn how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to, a worst-case scenario. It was a matter of 15 seconds from the time we smelled the smoke to the time the flames were just billowing,” said Arthur “Kitt” Watson in an interview with […]

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Guest Column: Doing More with Less

Image: Alexander Grey via unsplash. It would appear that “doing more with less” could be the unofficial motto for today’s society, especially regarding the workplace. Restaurants, offices, tech companies and many other businesses are feeling the squeeze of being short staffed and finding it hard to recruit and retain qualified long-term help. What does this […]

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Profiles in Leadership: Dave Marlow

By Wanda Kenton Smith One of Dave Marlow’s most memorable childhood boating experiences involved a sinking boat and rescue mission.  He and his brother were enjoying a fun sightseeing adventure in Norfolk Harbor with their grandfather aboard his small 14-foot aluminum jon boat with a Mercury 9.8 outboard to view the big ships. On the […]

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Why The Biggest Names in Boating Are Talking About Safety

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USCG Enforcing Safety, Security Zones for Fleet Week

Image via U.S. Coast Guard. To safeguard the public during Seattle’s Parade of Ships, Fleet Week and Seafair festival from Aug. 1-7, the Coast Guard is enforcing multiple safety and security zones on Elliott Bay and Lake Washington. The USCG will work with state and local agencies to increase safety patrols on Lake Washington. In […]

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