Marine and Boat Operators Warned to Prepare for Sea Level Rise

By Parimal M. Rohit | Courtesy of the Log, California’s Boating and Fishing News

Rhode Island Sea Grant Coastal Extension Specialist Pam Rubinoff told marina and boatyard owners they could face increasing costs to maintain, retrofit or upgrade their respective venues to prepare for or respond to the impacts of sea level rise.

41_surgeRubinoff spoke to attendees at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference in southern Florida this past January. She said that high tides and king tides, exasperated by sea level rise, could mean more coastal flooding and elevated water levels–impacting marinas and harbors across the country.

But what can marina operators do to prepare?

Rubinoff recommended installing flexible floating docks with pilings, storing important documents in elevated locations and finding ways to keep boats secure whenever the water level rises.

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