|FYI — July 2001|
|By Brad Dunn|
Most modern-day pirates target large commerical ships and stage surprise attacks at night near high-traffic shipping lanes. About 13 percent of the 68 pirate attacks reported worldwide in the first quarter of this year took place in Indonesia's Strait of Malacca.
calling at the ports of Belawan, Dumai, Jakarta, and Samarinda have reported
numerous attacks while at berth and at anchor," says Malaysia's
International Maritime Bureau. The bureau also says Malaysia will spend
$52 million to buy 30 new speedboats to combat the pirates.
cruising stateside, rest easy. The U.S. Coast Guard has only two pirate-like
attacks on record in all American waters over the past five years.
Led by Gov. Jeb Bush, state officials unanimously voted to implement the zone largely to protect the area's massive coral reef, where thousands of marine species spawn. Grouper and snapper are among the marine life that will immediately benefit from the legislation.
Even many fishermen endorsed the plan, as similar ocean closures have proven to help fish populations increase rapidly, in a widespread area, once they're protected from overfishing.
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But the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) says that by not studying the rule's impact on small businesses, the EPA has violated a federal law. "The EPA is between a hard rock and a hard place on this rule," says John McKnight, NMMA's director of Environmental and Safety Compliance. He says if the EPA proceeds with the rulemaking, NMMA will immediately request a deadline extension for boatbuilders.
HCFCs have been on the EPA's hit list for years. Scientists say the chemical helps destroy the ozone layer, the earth's shield against the sun's ultraviolet radiation.
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.