Good news for mariners moving about US waters! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recently posted an interactive catalog of all of their charts available for public download.
Including all of the United States and its territories, this is an excellent resource for anyone celebrating the ocean. From Guam to Cape Cod charts are available for download as “paper”, electronic files, and Coast Pilot® navigation books.
Having easy access to the most recent charts will greatly cut down on avoidable collisions with the underwater landscape. While this is great for your boat, it is also great for the ocean. We all know that damage to reefs can have long lasting effects on the local ocean health, but even hitting rocks or the ocean floor can damage habitats of small important critters.
Also, by being able to print the charts on your own, you can be more selective about which individual ones you need, saving paper. Having the ability to access them by the web means avoiding making a trip and using gas, all things that the ocean appreciates!
The charts are available here at NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey.
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