Access

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.

Senators back industry voices for Magnuson-Stevens action

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.

Recreational fishing gets boost from Senate energy bill

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).

Proposed ban on reef fishing faces opposition

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.

Washington state passes bridge access law

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.

Fish and Wildlife Service hands out boating grants

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.

Florida boater-safety bill goes to governor

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.

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