New Life Jacket Law Takes Effect
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Law requires PFDs to be worn on small boats from Nov. 1 to May 1

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash today reminded boaters that a new state law taking effect in November requires that all boaters on recreational watercraft less than 21 feet in length – including motorboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and sailboats – must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) from November 1 to May 1 on New York waters.

UPDATE: E15 decision excludes marine engines
Monday, September 22, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency today waived a limitation on selling fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol for model-year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks.
The waiver applies to fuel that contains as much as 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. The decision excludes marine engines and other non-road engines, such as those on snowmobiles, lawn and garden equipment, and other small gasoline-powered engines.
Marine industry groups, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Marine Retailers Association of America and BoatU.S., have vigorously opposed E15.

New York Sea Grant Educator Raises Awareness of Small Businesses, Byway Communities at White House Briefing on Great Lakes Region
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington, DC – New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist David G. “Dave” White was among the invited guests at the White House Community Leaders Briefing on the Great Lakes Region on Wednesday.

The event was a discussion of Administration policies in the Great Lakes region. White was among the 80 environmental, business and academic leaders from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin meeting with Senior White House and Administration officials.

The Great Lakes summit discussion included remarks on business development and jobs in the Great Lakes region by U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson. New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is one of 32 university-based programs under National Sea Grant College Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and is a cooperative program of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Cornell University.