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Meeting News

Coming up: The 2019 NASBLA Annual Conference is set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Check out the conference page for the latest agenda.

On hold: The charter of the Coast Guard's National Boating Safety Advisory Council (a.k.a. NBSAC) has expired and the advisory body will be reestablished as a "committee" under the terms of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018. A planned October 2019 meeting has been cancelled, and the new committee is unlikely to meet before fall 2020. Watch this site for more information and the anticipated solicitation of applications for all 21 committee member seats. Questions about NBSAC can be directed to Jeff Decker (Jeffrey.E.Decker@uscg.mil) or Verne Gifford (Verne.B.Gifford2@uscg.mil).


Just released  The U.S. Coast Guard has issued its annual Recreational Boating Statistics for 2018. The new report shows 4,145 accidents involving 633 deaths, 2,511 injuries and about $46 million in damage to property as a result of recreational boating incidents. The fatality rate was 5.3 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels, a figure representing a 3.6 percent decrease from the 2017 rate. Check out the full report and the Lighthouse’s Get Equipped portal for links to previous year’s statistics.


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