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September 11, 2009
Great News for Great Loop Cruisers: Coast Guard To Allow Recreational Boats To Transit The Chicago Ship Canal Fish Barrier

Following several weeks of effort by BoatU.S. and the America's Great Loop Cruisers Association, new procedures were announced today by the U.S. Coast Guard to reopen the Chicago Ship Channel electric fish barrier. Since the middle of August unescorted recreational boats have been prohibited from moving through this area due to an increase in its voltage.

BoatU.S. greatly appreciates the coordination of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers to both prevent Asian Carp from reaching the Great Lakes and to accommodate continued navigation by recreational and commercial boats.

There are specific safety requirements and no boats under 20' are allowed. Click here for information from the Coast Guard on these procedures.

For the BoatU.S. press release on this issue, click here.

For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at
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