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Conference to focus on ICW viability

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association will highlight the unique alliance that was created more than a decade ago between recreational boaters and commercial navigation interests at its annual meeting, which takes place Nov. 18-19 at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center in Portsmouth, Va.

The conference will also showcase how waterway users continue to collaborate to keep the waterway open while reinforcing its importance to the economy of the southeastern U.S. and the nation.

A highlight this year is a luncheon presentation on last summer's East Coast Ocean Policy Expedition with a team from Duke University that examined the waterway's role as a transportation system as well as its identity with the fabric of life in the southeastern U.S. Led by Dr. Linwood Pendleton, ocean and coastal policy director at the university's Nicholas Institute, the boating expedition covered the northern 200 miles of the Atlantic Intracoastal, from Beaufort, N.C. to Norfolk, Va., aboard Pendelton's 38-ft trawler, Indicator.

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