BusinessWire: State of Vermont, NIC Vermont Launch New Outdoor Recreation Mobile App (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: State of Vermont, NIC Vermont Launch New Outdoor Recreation Mobile App (PRESS RELEASE). “Built in partnership with the state’s digital government services partner, NIC Vermont, the mobile app provides a wide offering of features, including interactive maps, and enables users to easily access policy information and guidelines for activities, such as hunting, trapping, fishing, boating and hiking in Vermont.”

Open For Boating: New website to navigate coronavirus closures (KOMO Washington)

KOMO (Washington): Open For Boating: New website to navigate coronavirus closures. “‘We’ve been through a lot here as a community and boating is sort of the original social distancing,’ said George Harris, with the NW Marine Trade Association. After months of quarantining at home, boating is the escape many now crave. ‘This isn’t the time to be out socializing rafting up bringing friends and family out of your boat or anything else like that — that’s going to come later,’ Harris said. ‘So, I’m expecting boaters and anglers to be role models during this time and set a good example.’ Help to do that is right at your fingertips with a new website from the NMTA aptly called ‘Open for Boating.’”

FLW Fishing: Get Covid-19 Fishing, Boating Info By State

FLW Fishing: Get Covid-19 Fishing, Boating Info By State. “The State Agency COVID-19 Updates page is a hub for state-by-state fishing and boating information. It connects users to each state’s fish and wildlife service or department of natural resources website – or any website specific to COVID-19 information – where fishing and boating updates are posted. Users can choose any state and easily toggle between fishing and boating links. RBFF will update the information regularly to ensure links are live and accurate.”

Fort Lauderdale Daily: South Florida’s Waterways To Be The First Featured On Google Maps Technology

Fort Lauderdale Daily: South Florida’s Waterways To Be The First Featured On Google Maps Technology. “Drivers love Google Maps, and soon boaters will too. Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), the largest marine trade organization in the Southeast United States, has announced its partnership with the region’s certified Google Street View content provider. Together they will bring Google Street View technology onto the Intracoastal Waterway and the network of connected waterways, as well as many waterfront and land-based businesses serving boaters. The new mapping system is called Waterway View.”

Geofence Around New Zealand Reminds Boaters To Wear Their Life Jackets

I love this. The government of New Zealand and Google teamed up to build a huge geofence around the New Zealand coastline. Why? To remind people to put on their life jackets! “A geofence is a zone of coordinates that any smartphone’s GPS can read. Maritime NZ’s stretches 15km out from every coastline in the country, ensuring anyone setting out on the water will pass through on it. Anyone on a boat within that zone who opens Facebook, Google, MetService or many other websites will see a prominent ad warning them to put on their lifejacket.” The program started last year, and fatalities from that boating season dropped from 20 the year before to … four.