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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.

Bob Johnstone (left) gets his certificate from National Sailing Hall of Fame vice president Jim Muldoon.

They ‘changed the face’ of sailing

Rod and Bob Johnstone independently arrived at the same conclusion 39 years ago before launching the perennially popular J/24: The wave of baby boomers who were having so much fun sailing Hobie, Sunfish and other beach boats were marrying and having children and were primed for owning a performance family keelboat.

The industry has been hard at work during the long campaign season lobbying on behalf of recreational anglers like these.

Angling lobby uses its $70B clout

In the weeks leading up to the November election, boating and fishing advocates were quietly working with transition teams of the Clinton and Trump campaigns to ensure that saltwater fishing isn’t overlooked as interest groups clamor for a spot at the table.

Florida extends red snapper season

Florida anglers will get an opportunity this month to enjoy an extended recreational red snapper season in state waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Industry report seeks federal fisheries reform

Several stakeholders in the recreational fishing and boating industries released a set of recommendations for the incoming administration and Congress to change the way federal overseers allocate saltwater fish.

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