Weekly 5: National Marine Sanctuary proposed for California Central Coast

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.


1. National Marine Sanctuary proposed for California Central Coast

A large stretch of coast in California has been proposed for protection as a National Marine Sanctuary.
The area, which includes both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, was nominated by a citizens’ group and will now be considered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The process for designation usually takes several years and includes opportunities for public comment, NOAA told KCBX-FM.
Rules for National Marine Sanctuaries vary, but can include discharge regulations, limitations on usage and other restrictions.

2. Nebraska legislature advances bill for new fee to battle invasive species

Nebraska legislators voted last week to add $5 to $10 to the cost of registering a boat in the state to help fund efforts against invasive species, The Associated Press reported.  Out-of-state residents would pay an additional $10 to $15 stamp fee for motorboats operating in Nebraska’s waters.

3. U.S. Coast Guard seeking members for safety council

The U.S. Coast Guard announced last week that it is taking applications for the National Boating Safety Advisory Council.
Applications for the 21-member panel are due April 6. The council is made up of seven state boating safety officers, seven recreational boat and related equipment makers and seven representatives of recreational boating groups or the general public.

4. Miami Herald previews the Miami show

Plenty of attention on Miami as we lead into show week. Here’s one look.

5. Finding a small business retirement solution

Thinking about your exit strategy? The Department of Labor will be hosting a webinar on February 26 on the topic of retirement solutions for small business owners.

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