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Government agencies are perpetually trying to reach new audiences, especially in cost-effective ways. Social media provides one cost-effective outreach tool by offering agencies an easy and inexpensive communication channel to promote an agency’s focused efforts from ongoing awareness, such as an agency’s continuing conservation law effort, as well as special events, such as the Wear […]

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Nasbla News

Operation Dry Water draws nationwide participation NASBLA and hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies participated in Operation Dry Water 2015, a national boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign. This year’s event took place June 26-28. The goal of Operation Dry Water is to bring awareness to the dangers of boating […]

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Coast Guard Comments

For more than two millennia, since before Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War, folks have been planning strategically. While some things haven’t changed, to fight the war on preventable casualties on recreational vessels, we’ve evolved and employ modern guidance for developing strategic plans. Here are the main three tools the federal government has employed […]

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Boat Force Files

In the last issue of Small Craft Advisory, we discussed egress from a capsized boat. After reading that article I hope you started to think seriously about the possibility and ponder what if scenarios. I also hope you put plans in place to prepare for that possibility. The Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus (Latin: […]

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Boating Briefs

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published a marine safety information bulletin concerning operations involving water jet devices, or WJD. For the purposes of the MSIB, the acronym “WJD” includes Jetpaks™, Jetlevs™, Flyboards™, Jetovators ™, HydroliftTM and JetsurfTM, and other similar devices where individuals ride a hydro-powered apparatus above the surface of the […]

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Boating Briefs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced more than $16.2 million in funding to 27 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program. CVA provides grant funds for the construction, replacement, renovation and maintenance of facilities that assist recreational boaters in properly disposing of on-board septic waste. The program also provides information and education […]

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Boating Briefs

Michael Wesolowski, a recreational boater with a background in nonprofit marketing and communications, recently was appointed as the new executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation. Established in 2007 by Sea Tow Services International Founder Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, the 501(c)(3) foundation is dedicated to promoting boating safety and education. “I’m looking forward to working with […]

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Boating Briefs

NASBLA Mission Partner SAFE Boats International recently promoted John Hotz to Director of International Business Development for the Caribbean, Latin America and Mexico. This shift reaffirms SBI’s commitment to the region which currently operates over 130 SBI vessels. “John’s experience and proven track record of new market growth is an ideal match for our continued […]

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Boating Briefs

Thousands of boaters around the globe shattered records for the most life jackets worn on the same day during the sixth annual Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day. At 257 events around the world, 10,917 participants inflated their life jacket or wore an inherently buoyant life jacket, breaking the world record for […]

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