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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.

NASBLA honors Oregon boat-inspection program

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, in conjunction with Boat Ed, announced the Oregon State Marine Board Boat Inspection and Procurement Program as the recipient of the 2014 Innovations Award.

Florida man jailed for abandoned boat

A 69-year-old Florida man was briefly jailed over an abandoned boat in the Florida Keys the day after he told authorities that he would make payments to them if they could remove the boat for him.

Concert raises money for ocean conservation

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, which has drawn national acts and tens of thousands of fans to Fort Lauderdale Beach, is promoting ocean conservation and awareness with post-concert check presentations totaling $60,000 to support the cause behind the music.

NOAA plans fishing-boat operator survey

The U.S. Department of Commerce is asking the federal Office of Management and Budget for permission to conduct a phone survey of for-hire recreational fishing.

The industry is pressing Congress to recognize the economic importance of recreational fishing.

Fresh Magnuson tough to catch

Recreational fishing is a big business and its economic impact is equal to or greater than that of commercial fishing. Despite that message from industry advocates to lawmakers at an August meeting in Alaska on saltwater fishing regulations, some don’t think they’ll see change during this gridlock-stunted Congress.

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Industry takes to Capitol Hill for Magnuson-Stevens reform

In a continued effort to educate lawmakers about the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, several industry players addressed staff representing members of the Congressional Boating Caucus on Tuesday about the importance of supporting recreational fishing and boating through legislation.

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