Category: Boating News

New law impacts boat operators on federal waterways

New law impacts boat operators on federal waterways

A new federal law goes into effect on April 1, that requires the operator of a boat with an installed Engine Cut-Off Switch (ECOS) to use the ECOS link while operating on all federally navigable waterways. In Iowa, that means the four flood control reservoirs: Coralville, Rathbun, Red Rock and Saylorville; and the Mississippi and […]
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Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 24

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 24

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the 10th annual “Boating Education Lagniappe Day” on April 24 at eight different locations across the state. During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food […]
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Gov. Pritzker Announces $721,500 in Boat Access Area Grants

Gov. Pritzker Announces $721,500 in Boat Access Area Grants

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker today announced 2021 Boat Access Area Development grants totaling $721,500 have been awarded to five communities. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Natural Resources Advisory Board reviewed grant requests totaling more than $1.4 million and recommended awarding funding for the projects. “As we look towards spring with warmer […]
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Arkansas boating accidents double in 2020

Arkansas boating accidents double in 2020

HOT SPRINGS — Arkansas waters saw a spike in the number of boating accidents last year compared to 2019, according to data compiled by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s annual Boating Accident Year-end Report. Seventy-five boating accidents were reported from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020, twice what was seen the previous year. These […]
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ODNR Provides Nearly $208,000 in Boating Safety Education Grants

ODNR Provides Nearly $208,000 in Boating Safety Education Grants

COLUMBUS, OH – Nine community boating safety education programs received a total of nearly $208,000 this year through the Boating Safety Education Grant, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “Boating safety education grants provide critical boating skills and training to local residents,” said Director Mary Mertz. “Community safety training programs ensure a […]
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Commission authorizes new boat access to Bayou Bartholomew

Commission authorizes new boat access to Bayou Bartholomew

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved at today’s regularly scheduled meeting the use of Marine Fuel Tax funds to build a boat ramp to Bayou Bartholomew at its intersection with Arkansas Highway 277 in Drew County. According to Kevin Mullen, chief of operations for the AGFC, the project was recommended […]
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Grants will to improve access to Massachusetts saltwater fishing areas

Grants will to improve access to Massachusetts saltwater fishing areas

Boston — The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $45,000 in grants to the City of Beverly, the Town of Danvers, and the Buzzards Bay Coalition to improve access to saltwater fishing areas popular with Massachusetts’ recreational fishing community. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to ensuring residents and visitors have opportunities to enjoy the Commonwealth’s natural resources, […]
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22 Boat Strikes of Sea Turtles Raises Alarm

22 Boat Strikes of Sea Turtles Raises Alarm

HONOLULU – After being struck by a vessel and stranding at Māhāʻulepū, Gillins beach on Kauai, sea turtle stranding responders knew the prognosis was poor for this large (150 lb) green sea turtle. The animal was rescued from the beach and transported to O’ahu to be examined by a qualified sea turtle veterinarian that works […]
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Virtual Thrill Craft Certification Program Relaunches

Virtual Thrill Craft Certification Program Relaunches

Honolulu – The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) announces the launch of a virtual class for thrill craft certification by Windward Community College (WCC). The new and improved virtual certification course for new thrill craft owners and operators will be live on Monday, November 23, 2020. This certification course is normally conducted […]
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Make a difference for manatees this November

Make a difference for manatees this November

November is Manatee Awareness Month and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding the public that these large marine mammals are on the move. As temperatures drop, many of the state’s over 8,000 manatees will be on the move, migrating to warmer waters for the winter. During this time it is especially […]
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LDWF Agents Locate Body of Missing Boater in St. Bernard Parish

LDWF Agents Locate Body of Missing Boater in St. Bernard Parish

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents recovered the body of a missing boater in St. Bernard Parish today, Oct. 27. Agents recovered the body of Rickey Dean, 32, of Chalmette in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. Agents responded to the incident on Oct. 25 about 1 p.m. Agents learned that Dean was […]
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DEEP to Re-Open Lattins Cove Boat Launch at Half Capacity

DEEP to Re-Open Lattins Cove Boat Launch at Half Capacity

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that Lattins Cove state boat launch on Candlewood Lake will re-open tomorrow at 50% capacity. Lattins Cove state boat launch was closed Aug. 26, following an uptick in new COVID-19 infections in Danbury and numerous reports of “rafting” – boats tied-up together in mass […]
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Boaters Reminded to Protect the Reefs in Kaneohe Bay

Boaters Reminded to Protect the Reefs in Kaneohe Bay

Honolulu – With the popular Ahu O Laka sandbar inKāne’ohe Bay currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, recreational boaters have moved away from anchoring at the sand bar. DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) Administrator Brian Neilson said, “The bay has some of the best, in-tact coral reefs (patch reefs) in all of Hawai‘i and […]
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WVDNR improving access sites on Elk River

WVDNR improving access sites on Elk River

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) is upgrading public access sites along the Elk River in Kanawha County and adding several new locations near Charleston where anglers and kayakers can put a boat into this popular waterway. Work is underway on new access sites in Clendenin and Big Chimney. Additionally, […]
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August 13, last day anglers fishing from a boat can keep cabezon

August 13, last day anglers fishing from a boat can keep cabezon

NEWPORT, Ore. — Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14. This restriction does not impact shore-based anglers. The boat-based recreational harvest of cabezon is approaching the 16.2 metric ton quota, and the restriction is necessary to keep total year-end impacts within that quota. Anglers have been […]
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