Special Report: A Whale of a Problem for Boaters

NOAA Proposal Could Devastate Boating Industry. In the hopes of saving a declining population of North Atlantic Right whales, NOAA aims to institute a 10-knot speed limit along much of the Atlantic coast. We cut through the clutter and get to the heart of this matter with this emergency podcast with Viking Director of Government […]

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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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NOAA Hosts First Responder Training on Entangled Whale Response

Image via NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries, the leader in the Alaska Large Whale Entanglement Response Program, recently held workshops in four Alaska communities on how to best respond to entangled whales. The training sessions in Metlakatla, Auke Bay and Gustavus in Southeast Alaska and Cordova, on Prince William Sound, taught safety skills needed to approach […]

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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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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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Maryland Longfin Tuna Record Smashed

Thomas “Tad” Bodmer landed the new Maryland state record longfin albacore after an intense fight. David L. Messick It takes only a few minutes to flip a day on the water from uneventful to unforgettable, as angler Thomas “Tad” Bodmer learned Sept. 20, when he hooked a 77-pound albacore (also known as longfin, Thunnus alalunga) […]

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East-bound Atlantic crossing via Bermuda

An east-bound Atlantic crossing via Bermuda and Horta was a voyage of contrasts for Vivian Vuong We tacked for the first and only time on our 13-day crossing. The view off Ultima’s bow revealed the alluring sight of not only an approaching landfall but elevation too. Pico, one of the nine Azorean islands of Portugal, […]

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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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Angling Artist: Mark O’Grasso

It’s cold and gusty in the middle of February, and Mark O’Grasso stands beneath the motorized, retractable awning of the heatless, 400-square foot garage that acts as his workshop. As a woodworker, O’Grasso must carve outdoors to avoid inhaling any miniscule wood shavings. He enjoys the process, but it’s a simpler (and warmer) one during […]

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110 inches Aboard the Keeper

The bluefin measured 110 inches on the nose. After dressing, it weighed 513 pounds. Vicki Staveacre It was a true Marblehead fishing expedition as Capt. Scott Edwards took off from the Boston Yacht Club with crew members Dan Drabkin and Gavin Dowley on August 10. Edwards wanted to get an early start as it was […]

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When Northern Right Whales and Boats Collide

A 54-foot sportfisher ran into this northern right whale calf. The 22-foot-long right whale calf was found dead in St. Augustine, Florida. FWC/Tucker Joenz, NOAA Fisheries permit #18786 Over the last few years, there have been consistent reports in the media about certain ocean-related topics. The biggest one, or at least the one that has […]

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Summer sun chasing from Falmouth to Formentera

A non-stop passage from Falmouth to Formentera enabled Phil Johnson and Roxy Sears to make the most of the Med Slipping our lines on a sunny day in the last week of June, we left Falmouth under blue skies and a gentle breeze, heading south towards warmer waters. We felt a mix of emotions: sadness […]

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Online Course: Improve Boater Safety Around Whales

US Atlantic boaters – would you know what to do if a whale starts swimming towards your boat? Accidental on-water collisions can be dangerous for everyone involved and result in costly repair bills for boats of all sizes. By participating in a FREE, 30 minute course you can keep yourself, your boat, and whales safe […]

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