More on Border Inspections and Containers: Back in our October 2014 report, we summarized a situation regarding the inspection of a container full of Jetski crafts and equipment used during the 2014 IJSBA World Championships by members of a UK racing team. Since October 31, border stations have been awaiting additional policy updates and guidance from headquarters in Sacramento on how such situations should be handled. Unfortunately, more detailed protocols have not yet been forthcoming and another PWC race (The Mark Hahn Memorial) with international participants is scheduled for Lake Havasu in February. Race promoters are awaiting instructions on this issue in order to better prepare international participants for container shipment protocols and AIS inspections in and out of Lake Havasu.
Trending: Dr. Sharon Harvey of the Arizona State University, Lake Havasu campus has initiated a student project “white paper” on the recreational boating industry which is now underway. Students are working in teams on three different topics relating to recreational boating and the various challenges ahead and possible solutions for the sustainability of the industry. Aquatic Invasive species will be a primary consideration and focus of these “white papers” to be completed for a course grade in late April. Students are now entering the “interview” stage, talking directly to a cross-section of knowledgeable boating industry company owners and managers for their input on relevant issues and solutions.
LHMA members are providing weekly mentoring assistance during the research and development of these papers.