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New Boating Regulations

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Press Release

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other law enforcement agencies throughout state are out to alert Floridians to new laws and enhancements to existing laws that deal with boating under the influence, boating safety education, waterway markers, possession of gasoline on a vessel and destruction of coral.

The enhanced penalty for BUI is the same as it is for driving under the influence. The blood-alcohol level or breath-alcohol level of 0.20 that was a violation in the past has changed to 0.15.

DSC/VHF and MMSI Numbers

If you’re a new boater -- or even if you’ve been boating for years, you’ve probably noticed how many new features are available among today’s available selection of marine radios. It can be a little overwhelming --and far too complicated! There is one feature, however, that strives to be as simple as possible – and that’s called Digital Selective Calling – or DSC. Today, we’re going to look at the proper use of the DSC radio, and how this feature could help save your life by taking the “search” out of “search and rescue!”

First, what is Digital Selective Calling and what are its benefits? DSC is a digital transfer between radios – as opposed to traditional “voice only” radios. This service allows mariners to instantly send an automatically formatted distress alert to the Coast Guard. The Rescue 21 system -- currently being deployed in stages across the country -- allows the Coast Guard to receive these digital transmissions.