Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

Outdoors roundtable meets with Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and members of Congress met with the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable at the Interior Department on Tuesday to discuss how public-private partnerships can improve visitor experiences on public lands and waters.

FWC roundtable focuses on angler recruitement

Recreational boating and fishing industry stakeholders gathered for a roundtable discussion with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to work on boosting outdoor recreation participation through the recruitment, retention and reactivation of anglers — also known as the R3 initiative.

Industry supports new fishery council appointments

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the 2017 Regional Fishery Management Council appointments on Wednesday and it received nearly unanimous support across the recreational boating and fishing industries.

Groups seek more Everglades restoration funding

Recreational fishing and boating groups are appealing to Congress to increase federal funding for Everglades restoration projects, hoping to reduce “catastrophic algae blooms and seagrass die-offs that have dramatically impacted not only the environment, but the sportfishing and boating industries in South Florida.”

Florida bill addresses derelict vessels

A Florida bill resulting from an eight-year pilot program, which allows public access but helps address the state’s derelict vessel issue, was recently passed.

Torqeedo’s Deep Blue outboard motors make as much as the equivalent of 80 hp each and proponents of electric power tout their instantaneous throttle response.

The electric motor and ‘range anxiety’

When it comes to electric motors in a boat, people like the environmental friendliness. They love the super-quiet operation and even the instant torque. But one concern still looms.

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