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FYI — May 2001
FYI - May 2001
By Brad Dunn
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• Part 1: A Sad Farewell, and more
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NEW WORLD ORDER
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.

NEW 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.

 

NEWS 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 (hjs@exchangeyachts.com), 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.

FERRY COLLISION
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.

MAY 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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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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