New York Sea Grant has a very robust and active boating and marine trades extension education program lead by David White, NYSG Recreation Specialist. This program area consists of several initiatives described below.
The "Discover Clean & Safe Boating" project successfully debuted at the Boating Industries Association (BIA) of Upstate New York show in 2008. It has since become a model industry- partnered educational effort that has expanded from Great Lakes’ venues to sites statewide. The Discover Clean & Safe Boating vessels, provided by NYS manufacturers and local dealers, are equipped with all the legally-required and recommended equipment. This program effort is a partnership between NY Sea Grant, the Boating Industries Association of Upstate NY (BIA), and local/regional marine dealers and manufacturers.
“Discover Better Boating” is a monthly television news series airing from May-October on Time Warner Cable News where boating industry professionals offer information and tips on such topics as preparing your boat for the boating season, boating safety, the impact of ethanol fuel on your boat, and getting better gas efficiency in a tight economy. This television outreach effort is a partnership of New York Sea Grant, the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York (BIA), and Time Warner Cable News.
The "Great Shipwrecks of New York's Great Lakes" exhibit was originally developed as the 2014 Great New York State Fair Signature Exhibit and includes 10 interpretive panels highlighting more than 200 years of shipwrecks in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, the Finger Lakes, Lake George and the St. Lawrence River. This exhibit was developed by New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the Great New York State Fair, Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC), Great Lakes Seaway Trail, and others.
Learn more about NYSG's boating and marine trades efforts and initiatives throughout the Great Lakes via news and other links at the left-hand side of this page. Also, there's additional information on programs and projects on this topic at NYSG's "Coastal Economies, Marinas, Tourism & Other Coastal Businesses" Theme Area. There, you will find links to related NYSG publications as well as research and extension "success stories."