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Sails for Sustenance: Old Sails Find New Use

These sails were received by fishermen in Ile-a-Vache (Cow Island), 2012. Photo contributed by Sails For Sustenance

Situated in the Caribbean on the island of Hispaniola, and bordered by the Dominican Republic, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It has endured natural disasters, unstable governments, poor living conditions and human tragedy. “Fishing is one ... Read More »

Vulnerability of Sharks in Commercial Fishing

A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable. Image courtesy of Frank Gibson - Sharktagging.com

New Study Reveals Vulnerability of Sharks as Collateral Damage in Commercial Fishing UM Rosenstiel School and Abess Center-led study provides new information for shark conservation efforts MIAMI –A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species ... Read More »

We Made It to the ISAF World Cup

U.S. Virgin Island Team. From left: Coach John Foster, Tony Sanpere, David Flaherty and Bob Blackwell

The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were represented at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami, Florida, bringing together the world’s top Olympic and Paralympic class competitors. Nine countries competed in the three Paralympic class events: 2.4mR (one ... Read More »

Florida Kayak Trail Beckons Paddlers

Photo by Rafael Lima

Your kayak slows over turquoise water only a few inches deep. Something shimmers ahead – a heat mirage? It looks like houses in crayon colors: yellow, green, red and blue, somehow hovering weightlessly over the bay. Squinting now – no, ... Read More »

Miami Boat Show Full of New Products

Miami Beach Convention Center. Photo by Terry Boram

Imagine twenty football fields of carpeted floor space covering two floors of a convention center. Now throw in two separate in-the-water venues with miles of docks. That is the sheer size of the Miami International Boat Show in February. I ... Read More »

Remembering the First Crossing

Cat Cay

The NOAA weather forecast indicated that a cold front approaching South Florida was weakening and a weather window for crossing the Gulf Stream might slide open. Being an optimist, the next morning I paid our bill at the Dinner Key ... Read More »