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.
Five U.S. senators recently sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee, asking that the recreational fishing community’s priorities be represented in the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the document that governs saltwater fishing guidelines and restrictions.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the federal government will launch an initiative to measure and quantify the outdoor industry’s impact on the U.S. economy.
A set of legislative provisions that fishing advocates say would benefit recreational fishing and hunting and have a positive impact on natural resource conservation passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 85-12 as part of the comprehensive Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012).
The Obama administration issued new rules to make offshore oil and natural gas drilling equipment safer and to reduce the risks of digging wells.
Marine and fishing industry advocates are praising a bill introduced Monday in the Senate, saying it would safeguard the role of states in fisheries management.
A Florida environmental group is recommending the state close up to 30 percent of its reef tract to fishing, a suggestion that angling advocates and industry members are protesting.
Recreational Boaters of California is working to keep recreational boating funds from being reallocated for commercial vessel cleanup.
Paddlers in the Northwest could benefit from a bill Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed last week that requires the state Department of Transportation to consider access to the water when building or refurbishing bridges.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced nearly $14 million in grants to 32 states, commonwealths and territories for projects to support recreational boating through the service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant program.
Inspired by a desire to spare parents the pain of losing their children in boating accidents, a bill that would give boaters a registration discount if they carry an EPIRB or personal locator beacon aboard cleared the Florida legislature.