New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is providing New York state's freshwater marine industry for-hire boating sector with a series of six decals to encourage public compliance with boating-specific COVID-19 safety precautions. The outreach is part of the 2020 edition of NYSG's nationally recognized “Discover Clean and Safe Boating” campaign.
The decals will adhere to boat surfaces to note "Mask Required," "Use Sanitizer," "Wear It" with a life jacket symbol, and "Keep Personal Belongings Personal." Others have a blank line to write a name with an erasable marker to designate person-specific areas aboard the vessel for each individual's fishing pole or diving gear. There is no cost for the decals for qualified for-hire boating businesses.
The captains or business owners of charter services, boat rentals, tour boats and boats for-hire for leisure cruising, fishing or diving in New York state may request decals by emailing business name, postal address, and telephone number to [email protected]. Details will be returned on the number of each style of decal available while supplies last.
Printable templates of the decals are available to download for print-on-demand at www.nyseagrant.org/marina.
"This new outreach for 2020 is aimed at maintaining the opportunity to be on New York's fabulous boating waters for both the public and the marine industry that is an essential economic driver for our coastal communities," said New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White. "This project draws inspiration from a marine industry theme from the 1990s that fits today: 'Boating in New York is good, clean fun ... let's keep it that way."
For additional information on boating in New York in 2020, with CDC and New York state COVID-19 guidelines, and a link to the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas' “Guide to Operating Your Boat Business Safely during COVID-19,” visit www.nysgrecreation.org.
New York Sea Grant is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York with Great Lakes offices in Oswego, Newark and Buffalo. Learn more at www.nyseagrant.org.