As warmer weather arrives boaters increase their activities, which should involve scores of splashes and smiles. But accidents and fatalities multiply as spring and summer boating seasons set sail.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics rank New York State fourth nationally for boating fatalities and third for numbers of boating accidents. Drowning was the cause for 75 percent of those deaths and about 88 percent of those victims were not wearing a life jacket.
New York State requires mandatory personal flotation device lifejacket wearing while a boat is under way Nov. 1 to May 1 in all state waters.
The National Safe Boating Council is promoting safe boating and life jacket safety during National Safe Boating Week, Saturday to May 25. The aim of this safety effort is to promote consistent personal flotation device use while on the water.
Modern life jackets are lighter, much cooler in warmer weather, and are less obtrusive and provide mobility while boating, fishing, paddling or hunting.
For more details on personal flotation device use and National Safe Boating Week, go to safeboatingcampaign.com.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass are listed as sport fish that can only be sold commercially in New York State by licensed hatchery operators. Current regulations for fish transport have had New York dealers exporting their products to Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to stay in business.
New regulations would simplify transport of processed hatchery bass while retaining rules on transporting certified live fish. The Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting comments on this regulation change until June 18. For details and submitting comments, go to cec.ny.gov/regulations/prop
regulations.html. To email comments, go to: email@example.com.
Catskills trout camps
Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters host two three-night riverfront lodgings and semi-guided fly fishing along prime trout waters of the Delaware River's famed west branch in the Catskills. Camps go June 3 to 6 and June 10 to 13.
Anglers have the option of fishing on their own and seeking occasional guiding tips. A $450 fee covers lodging, all meals and some drink options. For complete details, call 479-2327 or go to ccoflyfishing.com.