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  • AZGFD Co-authors Unprecedented International Recovery Plan

    azgfd|Jul 15, 2013

    One of only two species of parrots historically found in the United States, the thick-billed parrot, will benefit from a recovery plan coauthored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The plan aims to grow the bird’s numbers by focusing recovery on protecting, managing and restoring mature and old-growth conifer forests in Mexico. The plan was published today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and represents the first time that the U.S. has adopted another country’s endangered sp... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks Seeking Public

    AZ State Parks|Jul 15, 2013

    (Phoenix, Arizona - July 24, 2013) - Arizona State Parks is seeking input from the public on proposed fee changes. The public comment period will be from July 24, 2013 through August 23, 2013. The public is asked to give comments about the fee changes on the Arizona State Parks website at AZStateParks.com. Comments will also be accepted by mail written comments to Arizona State Parks, Attn: Proposed Fee Changes, 1300 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Arizona 85007. The proposed changes would set a standardized range for per person cave tours at... Full story

  • Visitor Center Volunteers Needed

    AZ State Parks|Jul 15, 2013

    (Phoenix, Arizona - July 23, 2013) - Park volunteer opportunities are now available at Buckskin Mountain State Park. The positions will be available through October for those interested in working in Parker, AZ. Volunteers are a vital and integral part of the programs at Buckskin Mountain State Park. Volunteering at the park is a unique experience because of the opportunity to connect yourself and the visitor to a rarely seen environment. Currently, the park is in need of a Visitor Center Volunteer. The Visitor Center Volunteer works in the... Full story

  • San Tan, AZ - Ranger Adam's Sunset Celebration

    MCPD, Maricopa County Parks And Recreation Department|Jul 15, 2013

    San Tan Mountain Regional Park Has some exciting news as well as fun events for August. We are getting a new Ranger at San Tan as I have accepted a once in a lifetime opportunity to research sea turtles in Costa Rica. Over the last three years I have greatly enjoyed becoming part of this amazing community and I am extremely appreciative for the opportunities to connect with you. For those of you who have questions, comments or would like to stay in touch, please join me for Ranger Adam’s Sunset Celebration on Thursday, August 1st from 6... Full story

  • Catalina State Park Debuts First Saturdays Evening

    AZ State Parks, Arizona State Parks

    (Phoenix, Arizona - July 26, 2013) - Catalina State Park debuts the first concert series at the park on the first Saturday of the month from August through October 2013. Visitors will enjoy an evening concert amid the beautiful landscapes of Catalina State Park. The concerts will be held at the main trailhead at Catalina State Park. Guests should bring a chair, food and water while listening to these Arizona artists: August 3, "The Collaborative Juices" will perform at 6 p.m.; September 7, the "Sun City Strummers" will perform at 5:30 p.m.; and... Full story

  • Discover Boating partners with AC Open for the 2013 America's Cup to welcome more people to the water

    Discover Boating|Jul 15, 2013

    CHICAGO—July 17, 2013—Discover Boating today announced a partnership with the AC Open for the 2013 America's Cup to help educate more people about getting started in boating. Discover Boating is on-site at the America's Cup Park in San Francisco on Piers 27/29, with a display featuring a sailing simulator experience that gives youth, ages 7-16, an opportunity to learn what it's like to sail. The Discover Boating display is featured within the America's Cup Center of Sailing, alongside US Sailing and 101 Surf Sports, a San Francisco Bay area pad... Full story

  • U.S. Recreational Boating Industry Associations Join Forces to Explore New Opportunities in Emerging Colombian Market

    Jul 15, 2013

    CHICAGO, July 26, 2013—On Sunday, July 28, 2013, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), US Superyacht Association (USSA), and Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA), will embark on a collaborative visit to Colombia, South America, to explore potential business opportunities for their members and the U.S. recreational marine industry. Hosted by ProExport, Colombia’s public-private tourism and export organization, the visit is a chance for the U.S. and Colombia to work together to better understand opportunities that now exi... Full story


    International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation|Jul 15, 2013

    Thursday’s spectacular Opening Ceremony involved hundreds of dancers from Salsa Schools, Afro and Folk Groups, Musicians, Acrobats, one million watts of light, plus 60,000 watts of sound and 2,000 sq.m of colorful projections! As the athletes from 101 nations entered the arena, the atmosphere was extraordinary. Now all is set for a perfect World Games 2013. The thirty countries represented by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation include Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, E... Full story

  • Signature Style and Outstanding Performances Combine at Third BACARDI® Newport Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank

    Jul 15, 2013

    NEWPORT, R.I. (July 15, 2013) – Bringing together its signature combination of on-shore and on-the-water activities, the third edition of BACARDI® Newport Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank concluded this weekend with the 29th running of New England’s premiere one-design event – the Newport Regatta®. Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, demonstrated its considerable logistical and race management skills in hosting the three-day event (July 12-14) that featured racing in 21 one-design classes: 2.4 Metre, 12 Metre, 49er, 505, A Ca... Full story

  • Applications sought for Arizona Game and Fish Commission

    AZGFD|Jul 15, 2013

    The Governor's Office is currently accepting applications for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Applications received or postmarked after the deadline will not be considered. Governor Jan Brewer is seeking members who are well-informed and passionate about Arizona wildlife and its long-term conservation. In accordance with Arizona law, the Game and Fish Commission is required to be politically-balanced a... Full story

  • Fire Restrictions Lifted for BLM Kingman Field Office

    BLM|Jul 15, 2013

    Kingman, Ariz. - On Friday, August 2, 2013, fire restrictions will be lifted for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands administered by the Kingman Field Office. The Lake Havasu and Yuma Field Offices continue to be in fire restrictions. Due to weather conditions in northwestern Arizona, fire restrictions are no longer necessary. “Even though restrictions are no longer needed in the Kingman Field Office area, we’re asking the public to be very careful when using fire,” said Michael Trent, BLM C... Full story

  • Larry Landry of Phoenix Has Been Named 2014 Chair of the Arizona State Parks Board

    ASP|Jul 15, 2013

    (Phoenix, AZ - July 29, 2013) - The Arizona State Parks Board members unanimously approved Larry Landry as the next Chairman of their 7-person volunteer Board. Director Bryan Martyn said, "Larry brings a wealth of expertise from the private and public sectors and we are fortunate to have him guide us throughout this year." Mr. Landry said, "Arizona State Parks is the most entrepreneurial, dynamic agency in State Government. Arizona State Parks is the leading cultural resource agency in Arizona... Full story

  • Red Rock State Park's Activities in August and September include Hikes and Bird Walks

    ASP, Arizona State Parks|Jul 15, 2013

    Phoenix, AZ - August 1, 2013) - The summer season is winding down but there are still many opportunities for hiking, walking and lectures in August and September 2013 at Red Rock State Park. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own. Moonlight Hike: On Tuesday, August 20 and Thursday, September 19, join us for a Moonlight Hike. This is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare... Full story

  • Rolex Big Boat Series

    Jul 15, 2013

    St. Francis Yacht Club will once again welcome racers from around the globe to participate in the West Coast’s premier regatta, the Rolex Big Boat Series (RBBS), from September 26-29. The event, in its 49th edition, will host four days of racing for monohull and multihull classes and serve as the West Coast IRC Championship, the HPR National Championship, and the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds. It will take center stage on San Francisco Bay as the first sailing event succeeding the 34th America’s Cup, and spectators will once again have front row sea... Full story

  • Volunteers needed for wildlife habitat improvement project near Flagstaff

    AZGFD|Jul 15, 2013

    If you're looking for a great opportunity to get outdoors and help enhance wildlife habitat, join us on Saturday, Aug. 17, for a special volunteer project north of Flagstaff. The Arizona Antelope Foundation (AAF), in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will be working in the Sacred Mountain and Wupatki area of the Coconino National Forest and on an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) right-of-way adjacent to Highway 89. Volunteers will remove old right-of-way fencing... Full story

  • Hell's Bay names Capt. Blair Wiggins to pro staff

    Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications|Jul 15, 2013

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- If there was ever a perfect match of a popular TV fishing celebrity to a local boat company it’s Capt. Blair Wiggins and Hell’s Bay Boatworks. Raised in nearby Cocoa Beach, the 47-yr.-old Wiggins who hosts Addictive Fishing, has joined Hell’s Bay’s pro staff. Beginning its 15th year Addictive Fishing’s wild fishing adventures and “rod bendin’ drag screamin' action,” is seen three times weekly on Fox Sun Sports and The Sportsman Channel. In making the announcement He... Full story

  • Doug Hannon "The Bass Professor" dies at 66

    Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications|Jul 15, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla., -- 4/1/2013 -- Doug Hannon, a legend in the fishing world known as the “Bass Professor” whose unique expertise in a wide range of design skills and academic subjects in and outside of angling, died Thursday at his home in Keystone, a north Tampa suburb. Hannon was 66. He recently had neck surgery and was recovering at home said friend Russ Riley, a family spokesman and president of WaveSpin/MicroWave, a fishing components design company Hannon launched eight years ago, and whi... Full story

  • Recreational Boating Industry Conducting New Department of Energy Funded Research on Alternative Biofuels


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 5, 2013– Tomorrow, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) kicks off a third summer season of alternative biofuel testing in an effort to further advance marine engine technology and find an alternative to fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol as a result of its damaging effects on marine engines. The tests are funded by the Department of Energy which released a 2011 report on engines using E15 revealing performance issues like stalling, corrosion leading to oil or fuel leaks, increased emissions and... Full story

  • Aurora announced as major sponsor of Adventure 4 a Cure - Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge Solo Row 2013.

    Jul 15, 2013

    Aurora Global Logistics is very pleased to announce official sponsorship of Andrew Abrahams – Adventure 4 a Cure Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2013. Andrew Abrahams is Australia’s long distance rowing world record holder and in less than six months he will be taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Commencing December 2, this race is considered one of the world’s toughest nautical challenges and is the ultimate test in mental and physical endurance. (Photo Courtesy of Aurora Global Logistics) Click above to download in we... Full story

  • Blues, Southern-Rooted Jazz And Ethnic Sounds Meld During Blues And Seafood, Jazz & Oysters Weekend On The Long Beach Peninsula, August 16 through18

    Long Beach Visitors Bureau

    Adding sizzle to summer at the beach, Blues and Seafood and Jazz & Oysters promise crowd-pleasing outdoor musical performances as well as mouthwatering food. The back-to-back events take place Aug. 16 through 18, 2013, on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Overlooking a bustling marina, Blues and Seafood will bring nine hot performances to an outdoor stage at the Port of Iwaco, on August 16 and 17. “The 2013 line up is the best we have ever had,” says festival organizer Bruce Peterson. “This year we are bringing in huge blues talent.... Full story


    USCG|Jul 15, 2013

    Effective 01 August, 2013, the U. S. Coast Guard will terminate its radio guard of the international voice distress, safety and calling frequency 2182 kHz and the international digital selective calling (DSC) distress and safety frequency 2187.5 kHz. Additionally, marine information and weather broadcasts transmitted on 2670 kHz will terminate concurrently. The Coast Guard will continue to maintain a continuous watch on VHF FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz) and on existing voice and DSC frequencies in... Full story

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission extends octopus protections and sets hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl

    WDFW, Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission|Jul 15, 2013

    OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission extended protections for giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound today by prohibiting the recreational harvest of the species at seven popular scuba diving sites from Whidbey Island to Tacoma. The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the Governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also adopted 2013-14 hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl and approved several land acquisitions designed... Full story

  • Chinook salmon retention will close in Marine Area 9 at end of the day Aug. 4; Marine Area 10 chinook daily limit will be reduced to 1 fish

    WDFW, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|Jul 15, 2013

    OLYMPIA - The recreational chinook salmon fishery in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will close to the retention of all chinook salmon at the end of the day on Aug. 4 due to anticipated meeting of the season harvest guidelines in that area. Meanwhile, the chinook salmon daily limit in Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will be reduced to one (1) chinook in an effort to extend the season through the month of August. Salmon fishing remains open in Marine Area 9 for coho and pink salmon; all chinoo... Full story

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council Closes The Commercial Troll Salmon Fishery

    ODFW, Oregon Department Of Fish And Wildlife|Jul 15, 2013

    8/2/13 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to close the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the Oregon/California Border to Horse Mt., California. ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the Oregon/California Border and Horse Mountain, California will close to all commercial troll salmon... Full story

  • Eco-Friendly Dustless Hull Blasting

    Jul 15, 2013

    What is dustless blasting and how is it different from other hull cleaning methods? Dustless Blasting is a revolutionary new blasting process. It involves water encapsulating the media increasing the blast pattern once it hits the substrate, while keeping the media from heating up. What equipment is used in the dustless blasting process? The blaster, which is available in 1, 5, 8, 15, and 30 cubic foot configurations which includes the blast hose, nozzle, and fill funnel. In addition to that, you will need an air compressor, the size will... Full story

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