The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Tuesday [October 22], that, as of April 13, 2014, it will no longer print paper nautical charts.
According to a NOAA press release, the decision to cease production is based on the declining use of lithographic charts, the increasing use of digital charts, and federal budget constraints.
NOAA will continue to create and maintain other forms of nautical charts, including its popular Print on Demand and PDF charts. NOAA electronic navigational charts and raster navigational charts will also continue to be updated weekly and available for free download from the Coast Survey website.
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Tom Richardson is the director and host of New England Boating. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.