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The future of recreational fishing is at stake

Tuesday’s Dealer Outlook called for increased penalties for commercial fisherman who break the law as something that should be considered in the upcoming reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. But there’s much more that should be accomplished, particularly as related to recreational fishing. So just what is the Magnuson-Stevens Act? It’s the primary law governing fisheries […]

Stiffer penalties needed for illegal commercial fishing

Red snapper? Red grouper? It’s a red alert for saltwater anglers and the dealers who serve them as we approach this year’s reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary law governing fisheries in federal waters. Moreover, there needs to be increased penalties for commercial fishermen who break the law and foreign vessels illegally taking fish […]

Manatee count breaks a record in Florida

Aerial surveys by biologists during February tallied a record number of manatees, more than 6,000 of them around Florida, raising serious questions about any need to impose more restrictions on recreational boating in the name of manatee protection. When is enough, enough? Now I know if you’re not a Florida dealer you might be thinking […]

Michigan show shines, while biofuels group switches sides

Today is for “the wearin’ of the green.” But if you’re a Michigan dealer who exhibited in the recent 23rd annual Spring Boating Expo, it’s more likely “the bankin’ of the green.” That, and an unexpected group joining our industry’s call for changes in the Renewable Fuels Standard, leads today’s blog. The Michigan Boating Industries […]

Persistence will pay off in ethanol fight

I’m tired of writing about ethanol and I’ll bet you’re tired of reading it. But winning the battle to halt ethanol’s march has never been more likely than it is now in the current Congress and it’s critical that all marine dealers take time to weigh in now. The National Marine Manufacturers Association and the […]

Collective needs overrule personal passions

You just got a seat on your marine trade association’s board of directors? Congrats — it’s a clear vote of confidence and respect to be elected by your fellow members to serve. But after the applause and handshakes, you should not be confused about the serious responsibility you’ve just been handed. Spring is when many […]

Boating grants are a boon to industry growth

You’ve probably heard of the Boating Infrastructure Grant program, affectionately dubbed the “Big P” by those of us who have long cheered the benefits of seeing federal dollars spent to support recreational boating. It does things the industry couldn’t do for itself. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that oversees the Big P just awarded […]

More fish, less fish and no algae

From the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, issues including red snapper, Asian carp and dangerous algae blooms are getting major attention. And they very well should because they directly impact boating. More red snapper: Recreational fishermen continue to battle for a proper share of the prized red snapper fishery by opposing a proposal […]

Dealers need new ways to draw new boaters

Last Thursday, I posted a blog about potential new boaters in the Carlos C. Gomez family and their apparent frustration in finding what they considered an affordable first boat. Several of your comments, thank you, raised the conversation in ways worth further exploration. My encounter with Gomez took place at the Progressive Miami International Boat […]

ABC: A pivotal event, now more than ever

There might never be a better time to effect changes in public policy than this year with a friendly Congress and key issues impacting the marine industry on the table.   That makes the American Boating Congress (May 11-13 in Washington) a must-attend event for manufacturers, dealers, marina operators, marine trade association leaders and industry […]

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