News Notes - Mid-Atlantic July 2010

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Jersey show sees increase in attendance

Nearly 2,000 people attended the recent Strictly Jersey Boat Show, which ran April 30 through May 2 at South Jersey Marina in Cape May.
Organizers say attendance was up by almost 15 percent from last year's show.
"The show was great. I felt it was better-attended than some of the other shows we seem to waste money on," Tom Stocker of McKee Yacht Sales said in a statement. "As a side note, I did make a sale of a 250 DC World Cat as a result of the show. We'll be back next spring for sure."

EPA settles Chesapeake Bay lawsuit
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; four former Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. elected officials; and organizations representing watermen and sport fishermen in resolving a lawsuit filed last year claiming the EPA had failed to take adequate measures to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay.
The settlement tracks much of the regulatory actions the EPA has initiated or pledged to take under the Obama Administration to restore water quality in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
These actions include establishing the stringent Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load, putting in place an effective implementation framework, expanding its review of Chesapeake Bay watershed permits and initiating rulemaking for new regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations, and urban and suburban storm water.
The agreement also includes a commitment to establish a publicly accessible tracking and accounting system to monitor progress in reducing pollution.

Changes to rules for Jersey tuna tourney
South Jersey Tournaments has made some changes to its Mid-Atlantic Tuna Tournament, which will be held July 14-17.
"By popular demand, the Mid-
Atlantic Tuna Tournament has been switched to a trolling-only format to make the event more competitive and lucrative for the participants," says tournament director Bob Glover. "Recognizing the changes in our tuna fishery, we believe this new format will make the event more exciting and competitive than ever before."
According to the new format, participants will still get to fish two of three days, captain's choice, for yellowfin and/or bluefin."
For information, visit www.southjerseytournaments.com.

Marine journalism loses a member
Well-known boating writer and editor Roy Attaway died May 9 of a stroke. He was in his early 70s.
Attaway worked as a reporter and editor for The Beaufort Gazette in Beaufort, S.C., and the Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C., before moving to New York City where he was editor in chief of Boating and Yachting magazines and executive editor of MotorBoating and Sailing. He also worked as a producer, writer and director for ABC TV's "The American Sportsman."
He contributed articles to many national journals and was the author of a memoir of his childhood in the South Carolina Lowcountry titled, "A Home in the Tall Marsh Grass," published by Lyons Press.
He was also an award-winning photographer, whose work was shown in galleries in New York and elsewhere, and often accompanied his writings.
In 2001, Attaway and his wife moved to Kansas City, Mo., where he continued to write articles and a monthly Web site of travel essays and photographs.
Memorial gifts can be made to the sports communication program, North Carolina School of Journalism, Campus Box 3365, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599.

Bay blue crabs at highest level since 1997
The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population has increased substantially for the second straight year, according to the Maryland governor's office. The results of the most recent winter dredge survey show a 60 percent increase, placing the crab population at its highest level since 1997.
The population estimate is the result of the 2009-10 Bay-wide winter dredge survey conducted annually by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Last year, the survey estimated 400 million crabs overwintered in Chesapeake Bay.
This year, the abundance of adult female and male crabs rose again, bringing the estimated number of adult spawning-age crabs to 315 million, well above the interim target level of 200 million, according to the governor's office.
The Bay-wide blue crab winter dredge survey is the primary survey used to assess the condition of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population. Since 1990, the survey has employed crab dredges to sample blue crabs at 1,500 sites throughout Chesapeake Bay from December through March. For information, go to www.dnr.maryland.gov.

Somers Cove Marina gets a face-lift
The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $1.39 million in Waterway Improvement Funds to be used for pier upgrades and replacements at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Md.
The marina's fuel pier, which was originally built in the 1960s, will be extended by 66 feet and undergo other repairs. The fuel pumps and dispensers will be replaced with modern equipment and reconfigured to allow up to four vessels to be served at once, relieving congestion on busy weekends and holidays. Redecking and repairing the fuel pier will improve both safety and functionality and the changes to the fuel dock will allow for easier approach and docking for boaters.
Additionally, an existing fixed pier that dates back to the mid-1970s will be replaced with a modern floating dock that will have 26 slips ranging from 40 to 50 feet. A new section of the floating dock will be able to accommodate vessels up to 100 feet.
All upgrades and repairs were to be complete in time for the bulk of the 2010 boating season.

This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters section of the July 2010 issue.