An international consortium of marine scientists says there’s only
one hope left for the planet’s dying fish populations: a worldwide
network of no-fishing zones. Overfishing has pushed numerous species of
marine life to the brink of extinction, and permanent marine parks recognized
across the globe may be the only way to save them, according to a new
study released by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
The organization, backed by 150 top marine scientists around the world,
insists that free of hooks and nets, global no-fishing zones would promote
a quick rejuvenation of fish and lobster populations.
“The oceans are more vulnerable than we realized,” said Jane
Lubchenco, a marine scientist at Oregon State University. “We know
now that the present methods [of fish preservation] are inadequate to
protect the oceans.” Currently, less than one percent of the world’s
oceans are in marine reserves.
FLORIDA COBIA RULES The
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) changed the rules
on cobia after PMY’s Capt. Dave Lear had completed his sportfishing
column last month. The FWCC voted at its January meeting to make cobia
a restricted species and adopted a one-fish-per-person/six-fish-per-boat
(whichever is less) daily limit for sportsfishermen. The restricted-species
designation effectively prohibits recreational anglers from selling their
catch. Commercial fishermen are allowed to possess two fish per person
or six per boat, whichever is less. The new rules went into effect March
22. The minimum size limit for cobia remains 33 inches fork length.
CLIPS Chris-Craft, an
American icon since it started building boats in 1922, has been sold to
an English company, JTC Acquisition as part of the bankruptcy sale of
Outboard Marine Corporation. ...The Italian government is supporting an
alternative to GPS by investing 600 billion lire ($2.9 million) in the
Galileo Global Safety System2, which will have no military involvement.
... J.D. Power & Associates, famous for its rating of new cars,
is conducting a $25,000 survey of new-boat buyers in the United States
and will be issuing its first reports on service and quality in July.
...Zodiac of North America president and CEO J.J. Marie has been
inducted into the order of the French Foreign Legion. He had previously
been awarded the French national Order of Merit. ...Interested in swapping
your boat or yacht for one in some exotic port of call? List her with
Exchange Yachts International (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you
could be cruising the Med this summer. There is presently no fee for the
listing. ...Freedom Yachts has signed a deal with Sceptre Yachts
of Vancouver, British Columbia, to help meet demand for its Legacy line
of boats. The first Legacy 28 was delivered in April. ...The Dublin
Boat Show, scheduled for last March, was postponed for of all reasons,
foot and mouth disease. Although there had been no reports of the malady
in the Republic of Ireland, officials said they were trying to minimize
the risk of an outbreak.
In February one boater
died and two were injured when their 22-footer collided with a 94-foot
ferry in thick fog near Marco Island, Florida, according to the U.S. Coast
Guard. The Atlantis, loaded with 120 passengers, was making her regular
run from Fort Myers Beach to Key West when the captain reported she had
been struck. The Coast Guard launched a rescue and airlifted two survivors
from the pleasureboat to a Fort Myers hospital. No injuries were reported
aboard The Atlantis, which was able to return to shore on her own power.
Though the investigation was still under way at press time, the Coast
Guard said there had been no immediate finding of fault.
EVENTS 2-6: 28th
Annual Newport In-Water Boat Show, Newport, California. Phone:
(949) 757-5959. 7-11: The Boat Harbor—HMY
Invitational Billfish Blast at Abaco, Bahamas. Phone: (954) 926-5041.
10-13: The Luhrs Marine Group
rendezvous for owners of Silverton and Mainship boats in Captiva Island,
Florida. Phone: (888) 27-YACHT. 16-20: May Fleet of Dreams,
a new superyacht show, at Chandler’s Cove on Seattle’s lake
Union. Phone: (206) 748-0012. 20: The second-annual “Splash
for Kids” PWC charity ride at Lake Norman, North Carolina, which
is sponsored by Polaris and hosted by NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace. Phone:
(704) 455-4396. 24-27: The expanded Sanctuary
Cove International Boat Show in Queensland, Australia, the biggest boat
show in the Southern Hemisphere, will be held just outside of Brisbane,
next door to the new Riviera boat factory that opened last year. Phone:
(61) 755776048. Fax: (61) 755308056 26-28: The 16th annual Lobsterfest
at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Phone: (888) 973-2767.
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