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Plea deal costs manatee killer his boat

Florida man with prior speeding citations avoids prison term in rare federal court prosecution

Of the 767 Florida manatee deaths in 2010, 83 were boat- or ship-related.A Merritt Island, Fla., boater has forfeited his 21-foot boat as part of a plea deal for killing a manatee while speeding through a refuge.




Wooden runabout nets nearly $1M

After five days of high-energy crowds and bidding, the top seller at Mecum's 2011 Kissimmee Auction was a wooden runabout known as "The Last Riva."



Talkin' Boats - Al Herum

Electronics expert

Al Herum, shown here with a permit, learned a lot about fishing and boats as a charter captain.Al Herum is a former Florida Keys charter captain who evaluates marine electronics in real-world scenarios for his website www.marine-electronics-reviews.com, which he launched in 2007. Herum, who is 53 and resides in Tavernier, Fla., uses his 1992 Contender, a 25-foot center console with a 250-hp Suzuki 4-stroke, as a testing platform for VHF radios, GPS/chart plotters, sounders and other marine electronics.



NOAA fines ships that exceed whale speeds

Ship operators assessed thousands of dollars for violating the seasonal 10-knot limit off East Coast ports

A right whale breaches off Jacksonville, Fla.After a season of just getting the word out, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun levying fines running to tens of thousands of dollars for breaking the seasonal whale protection speed limit off busy East Coast ports.

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Carelessness cited in fatal broaching

Investigators say the charter captain was attempting to ride over the backside of a wave into Jupiter Inlet

Thomas Henry's Garlington is shown here coming over the crest of the wave in which it broached.Florida boating investigators have concluded that "careless" vessel operation was the main cause of a fatal accident last fall in Jupiter Inlet.



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