When marine dealers approached Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, and said their biggest challenge was filling jobs, Gruhn sensed there was a crisis brewing.
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.
Women, men and teenagers are invited to tackle fishing skills at the South Florida “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University from April 21-23 at the I.T. Parker Community Center in Dania Beach, Fla.
A public backlash that prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw plans to restrict boating access in the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge was followed up this week with a resumption of access to a half-mile-long boating area that was closed in the spring of 2015.
Volunteers, elected officials and event sponsors will gather this evening to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Broward County Waterway Cleanup.
The sportfishing community is hopeful that a Trump administration will bring positive policies for the recreation.
Glenn Hughes, a veteran boating and fishing journalist, now heads industry relations for the American Sportfishing Association. The ASA has worked to unite the industry and advocate for fishing during the past 80 years.
The American Sportfishing Association is angry about a last-minute order by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Obama that seeks to phase out lead fishing tackle on public lands during the next five years.
Several regional and national recreational fishing organizations submitted comments to NOAA Fisheries opposing the listing of Pacific bluefin tuna as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive maritime infrastructure bill during the weekend that drew a mixed reaction from the recreational fishing industry.
The saltwater recreational angler advocacy group Center for Coastal Conservation said it changed its name to the Center for Sportfishing Policy.