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Insurance catastrophe teams respond to Hurricane Sally devastation

Hurricane Sally

While Hurricane Sally’s slow pace may have delivered four months of rain in four hours, the GEICO | BoatUS Marine Insurance Catastrophe Team is finding that the Category 2 hurricane’s sudden shift to the east just prior to the storm’s September 16 landfall caught many boaters unprepared. “Boats that were homeported in Orange Beach, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, took the brunt ...

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NOAA urges hurricane preparedness

NOAA urges hurricane preparedness

Atmospheric and oceanic conditions are primed to fuel storm development in the Atlantic, leading to what could be an “extremely active” season, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.  The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been off to a rapid pace with a record-setting nine named storms so far and has the ...

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Florida Keys marine sanctuary seeking advisory council

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking applicants for four seats on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 17, 2020. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which ...

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NOAA recruiting candidates for advisory council

Mallows Bay map

NOAA is seeking applicants to fill the 15 seats of the new Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. The Sanctuary Advisory Council will provide advice to NOAA that supports the management plan. Members will serve as liaisons to a broad coalition of community organizations to facilitate communication and engagement. Council meetings will be open to the public and ...

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New study reveals $10.5 billion impact from recreational fishing trips

Marine fishing trips

NOAA Fisheries confirms marine recreational fishing is a far greater economic force in the United States than their previous evaluations had indicated. In their new report, the federal agency shows angler trip expenditures totaled $10.5 billion nationwide, more than double the $4.3 billion in expenditures from the previous report. The massive increase in the recreational angling economic footprint is mostly ...

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NOAA announces four day South Atlantic red snapper season

South Atlantic Red Snapper

NOAA Fisheries announced anglers will have four days to harvest red snapper in the South Atlantic: July 10 - 12 and July 17. This is welcome news for the boating and fishing community considering the expectation in March was a zero to three-day season. Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy, said in a release, "Earlier this year, ...

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Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary names first superintendent

Mallows Bay map

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that Paul "Sammy" Orlando will serve as the first superintendent of the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary in Maryland. Last year, NOAA designated Mallows Bay as the first new national marine sanctuary since 2000, which was supported by NMMA and the recreational boating and fishing community. Orlando joined NOAA in ...

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NMMA weighs in on restoration plan for Florida Keys

Last week, NMMA submitted comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding its draft environmental impact statement for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), also known as the Restoration Blueprint. The FKNMS is a critical marine habitat and destination for recreational boaters and anglers all over the word, with millions visiting each year. Understanding the significant pressure ...

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NOAA designates new marine sanctuary in Maryland

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of Maryland, and Charles County announced the designation of a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I. Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, about 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., ...

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NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary launches boater education course

NOAA recently announced the launch of a free, online boater education course designed to specifically inform the boating public about the natural and historical resources within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This educational tool, available in English and Spanish, complements existing safe boating courses and was developed with input from a variety of stakeholders, interest groups, and agencies. The sustained health of ...

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