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In-water show returns in October to Boston

The International Boston In-Water Boat Show returns Oct. 2-5 to the SeaportWorldTradeCenter with a diverse display of powerboats and sailboats, both big and small.

Visitors can learn about hundreds of marine-related products and services, from print publications to the latest boating electronics and innovative gear. Scores of dealers and exhibitors from New England businesses will be on hand to answer questions about their boats, products and services. The family event will also feature “Discovery Point,” a fun place for children.

For hours, ticket prices and information, visit

www.bostoninwaterboatshow.com .

Cape Cod communities join to limit pollution

With state and local backing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated Cape CodBay as a “no discharge” area. This status means discharges of treated and untreated boat sewage are prohibited within Massachusetts waters, including the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne. It is the single largest area of protected coastal waters in the Northeast.

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, in partnership with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the Nantucket Soundkeeper, and the towns on Cape CodBay petitioned the EPA to approve the no-discharge designation.

New Bedford celebrates its ‘work’ ethic

The free Working Waterfront Festival, dubbed a family-friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry, returns Sept. 27-28 to New Bedford, Mass. It will feature live maritime music, fishermen’s contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, readings and kid’s activities.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Connecting Communities, Preserving Ports,” and it offers a unique opportunity to get a firsthand look at the culture and traditions of the commercial fishing industry and the working waterfront community. The event presents all that goes into bringing seafood from the ocean to the table in a way that is hands-on, educational and fun.

Among the entertainers are Dave Densmore, a lifelong fisherman who will share poetry about his life at this year’s festival; and dancers from folk dance societies in Norway who will perform traditional Norwegian folk dances.

NOAA’s Fisheries Service has announced the port of New Bedford claimed the 2007 top spot for value of landings for commercial fishing, primarily because of sea scallops bringing in $268 million. New Bedford was ranked No. 1 for the eighth year in a row. www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org

Sea Ray and Marinalife forge partnership

Sea Ray Boats announced in July that Marinalife will be the exclusive provider for boating concierge services to the Sea Ray Owners Club. The partnership will provide Sea Ray Owners Club members with the ability to book slip and mooring reservations online, receive discounts on dockage and fuel, and access a suite of travel services.

To kick off the partnership, Marinalife is offering a complimentary six-month trial membership to all Sea Ray Owners Club members.

Sea Ray Owners Club members can register for the complimentary six-month trial membership and see how Marinalife makes boating easy, convenient and more affordable by calling toll-free at (800) 736-8275 or visiting www.marinalife.com/searay .