Laboratory, as well as analyses of lubricants and engine oils used in conjunction with isobuta-
nol in inboard/outboards, a jet boat, and a center-console outboard test boat.
Also, engine manufacturers Yamaha and Evinrude
conducted parallel tests at their research facilities in
Alabama and Wisconsin, respectively. As in past test-
ing, the National Marine Manufacturers Association
and the American Boat and Yacht Council are co-man-
aging the research with fuel supplied by Denver-based
Gevo, Inc. See our report on 2011 isobutanol testing at
www.BoatUS.com/Magazine/isobutanol — R.L.
A DAY IN YOUR BOATING LIFE
THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND, pack your smartphone or video camera, and shoot a short
video clip that shows us how you, your friends, and family are spending the holiday week-
end. We’re collecting these clips from members across the country, and splicing them
together into a video project called “A Day In The Boating Life.”
In the video, tell us who you are, where you are, and what you’re doing to celebrate the
end of summer. No need to get fancy, just keep it real and fun. For more information on
how to upload your video, www.BoatUS.com/Magazine/Video
ISOBUTANOL TESTING, ROUND TWO
ANEW ROUND OF TESTS for a promising alternative to ethanol in boat fuel got underway in May. The same team of boating industry engineers who evaluated iso- butanol for engine emissions and overall performance last summer on the Chesapeake
Bay began the new battery of tests. This year, however, the research (funded by the U.S.
Department of Energy) included third-party oversight and peer review by Argonne National
SEA LION KILLS APPROVED
TO SAVE SALMON
IN APRIL, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife eutha- nized two California sea lions. It’s the first
since a controversial NOAA ruling under the
federal Marine Mammal Protection Act that
allows killing some animals in order to protect
endangered salmon on the Columbia River.
The sea lions eat between 1 1/2 and 4
percent of the salmon that swim upriver to
spawn beyond Bonneville Dam, according
to NOAA. The salmon are protected under
the federal Endangered Species Act, and
repeated attempts to scare off the poaching
sea lions, as they congregate near the dam
during spawning season, have failed.
The new rules allow the states of Idaho,
Oregon, and Washington to euthanize specific sea lions to protect salmon and steelhead, but only if an aquarium or other facility can’t be found to take in the animals first.
The West Coast has about 300,000 California
sea lions, according to NOAA, which determined that 9,000 animals could be removed
without harming the species. That popula-
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