Kirk MooreKirk Moore
Correspondent Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been a field editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for almost 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.

Dredging presses on after Sandy

If a hurricane surge destroyed most of your town and Congress opened the vault to make sure it doesn’t happen again, you’d take that offer, right?  If a hurricane surge destroyed most of your town and Congress opened the vault to make sure it doesn’t happen again, you’d take that offer, right?  Well, maybe in Louisiana, but not necessarily in New Jersey. With $223 million in Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment projects and dredges and bulldozers working on the beaches...

The Coast Guard needs new vessels now

Most agree that the Coast Guard needs to replace its aging assets. Most agree that the Coast Guard needs to replace its aging assets. But the service gets barely three-quarters of the more than $2 billion it needs annually to replace these assets. If that continues, it will lead to serious gaps in the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, river buoy tenders and air operations, a new report from the General Accounting Office warns. In the past five years of shortchanged capital budgets, “the Coast...

Pay now or pay later for the Coast Guard

The Coast Guard still needs to update its antiquated fleet. Pay some now, or pay more later. That truism about investment and maintenance was at the center of Thursday’s Congressional hearing on the Coast Guard’s long struggle to update its fleet, with a budget that's just a fraction of the gargantuan U.S. military spending. Next year the Coast Guard will award a competitive design contract for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter, a concept that survived the service’s Deepwater fleet...

New Jersey pols against offshore drilling

Last week saw almost simultaneous moves in Congress to block oil and gas development in the Atlantic and Pacific. The same week that brought the dual anniversaries of Earth Day and the Deepwater Horizon disaster brought another not-so-surprising convergence: Almost simultaneous moves in Congress to block oil and gas development in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., both Democrats from New Jersey, introduced bills on April 21 to amend the...

Education and recruiting discussed at WorkBoat Expo

In Washington state, with its deep culture of boatbuilding and maritime craftsmanship around Seattle and Puget Sound, it should be easy to recruit young people to the trades, right? In Washington state, with its deep culture of boatbuilding and maritime craftsmanship around Seattle and Puget Sound, it should be easy to recruit young people to the trades, right? Wrong. People who work with Washington’s vigorous public-private partnerships to promote the maritime trades said they are...

Virginia officials get offshore energy education

Virginia business and political figures are establishing connections in Louisiana, seeking to learn from the Gulf of Mexico energy industry as the federal government prepares to grant the first leases for oil and gas production off the East Coast.  Virginia business and political figures are establishing connections in Louisiana, seeking to learn from the Gulf of Mexico energy industry as the federal government prepares to grant the first leases for oil and gas production off the...

Scientists get sucked into the seismic maelstrom

While friends and foes of mid-Atlantic drilling debate over seismic surveys, a third group is unwillingly part of the argument: ocean scientists who study ancient sea level changes. While friends and foes of mid-Atlantic drilling debate over seismic surveys, a third group is unwillingly part of the argument: ocean scientists who study ancient sea level changes. The National Science Foundation is funding a summer cruise by the 235'x56'x19'6" research vessel Marcus C....