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No notices currently open for public comment.  See Advocacy - Policy - Federal Register for a list and descriptions of recently-closed notices and final rules related to recreational boating and RBS programs.

Recent Input to Federal Policy—Consensus Recommendations on Incident Reporting sent to Coast Guard

Recreational Boating Incident Reporting Policy Project "Phase One": A collaboration between the U.S. Coast Guard, States, and NASBLA/ERAC that was set in motion in November 2017 resulted in comprehensive recommendations to inform the development of national reporting policies and procedures. NASBLA membership voted in July 2020 to accept the recommendations package and approve its delivery to the Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety. Updates on the federal response and information on next steps in this multi-year project will be posted here and in NASBLA Connect.

----Consensus Recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard (June 2020, accepted by vote of NASBLA membership July 31, 2020).
PDF package includes items incorporated into the consensus recommendations document by reference---reporting decision matrix, summary chart of recommended report data elements, and updates of five report categories' terms and definitions originally developed in the USCG/ERAC Accident Reporting Terms and Definitions Project (2012-2013).
----Resource Document (v. June 2020):
Extensive detail on the policy project and the process of developing the consensus recommendations


It's a wrap: The 2020 NASBLA Annual Conference---the first-ever virtual Annual Conference and Business Meeting sponsored by the association---was conducted Sept. 28-30. Click here to replay the Business Meeting, and visit the NASBLA eLearning Center's In Person/Virtual Events tab for the catalog of Conference general and breakout sessions.

One last time: On Nov. 5, the Coast Guard's National Boating Safety Advisory Council (a.k.a. NBSAC) conducted its 104th session--the last one under its old charter and the last as a "council." Going forward, the advisory body will be a "committee." For more detail about NBSAC, including membership, meeting minutes, resolutions/reports, and strategic planning, go to Homeport. Questions can also be directed to Jeff Decker (NBSAC@uscg.mil).

Registration open: The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC)
is expanding its "Standards Week" into a multi-week event in early 2021 and going virtual in response to the continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more on the Jan. 5-21 sessions and to register, visit https://www.abycstandardsweek.com/.


Summer release. With everything that was going on this spring and summer, you might have missed the U.S. Coast Guard's issuance of the annual Recreational Boating Statistics for 2019. The report shows 4,168 accidents involving 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries and about $55 million in damage to property as a result of recreational boating incidents. The fatality rate in 2019 was 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels, a figure tying the second lowest rate in program history. Alcohol continued to be the leading known contributing factor in the fatal accidents, representing 23 percent of the total. Check out the full report for more detail.


page last updated Nov. 11, 2020

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