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.

Charter group holds annual kids fishing event

Members of the Chincoteague Charter Boat Association in Virginia held their third annual “Take A Kid Fishing Day,” an event that teaches youths ages 7 to 13 fishing basics, boat safety and navigation. “We’re experienced captains, so there’s no better person to learn from,” Capt. Charlie Koski, of Island Queen Inland Charters, said in a…more

Bronx boatbuilding program teaches youths

A non-profit organization in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx is teaching young people how to build boats, row, sail and restore urban waterways. Founder Adam Green started the Rocking the Boat program in 1996 while he was still in college, according to New York’s Channel 1 news. Through the years, he has directed…more


A battle for Biscayne Bay

Critics say new government regulations would wall off fishing and hurt the South Florida economy Guiding anglers to monster game fish is Stan Saffan’s passion. A charter captain from Miami for nearly 50 years, he currently runs two 58-foot sportfishing boats from Haulover Park Marina. But there’s one aspect of Saffan’s job that makes him…more

Philadelphia boat race benefits local charities

The Philadelphia police and fire departments held a boat race last weekend to raise money for several charities, including the Independence Seaport Museum’s High School Boat Building Program. The race along the Delaware River last Saturday was organized by the fire department and hosted by the museum, according to Philadelphia’s CBS-TV affiliate. City Fire Capt.…more

Study: Outdoor recreation grew as economy slumped

A report released by the Outdoor Industry Association shows that outdoor recreation is not only a major economic driver in the United States, but it also has grown throughout the recession. That’s information the outdoors group and the National Marine Manufacturers Association brought to Capitol Hill last week, according to an NMMA post. The NMMA…more

Florida fishing show wins TV award

The Telly Awards named Florida Sport Fishing TV a bronze winner in the 33rd annual Telly Awards for two episodes from the show’s inaugural season in 2011. Super Snook and Breakfast Broadbills were chosen from nearly 11,000 entries. Winners of the Telly Awards represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies,…more

Connecticut youth boating group plans open house

The Young Mariners Foundation in Stamford, Conn., will hold an open house on three dates in July. The foundation, which is dedicated to boosting the academic and life skills of underserved middle-school students in Stamford through, sailing, will hold the events from 1-3 p.m. July 6 and July 10 and from 10 a.m. to noon…more

Study: Outdoor recreation is ‘overlooked economic giant’

A new study shows that the economic impact of outdoor recreation is nearly twice the size of the pharmaceutical industry. The National Marine Manufacturers Association participated Sunday in the Western Governors Association annual meeting in Cle Elum, Wash., alongside a coalition of outdoor industry groups to discuss the significance of the recreation economy and release…more

Groups team up on coastal cleanup in two states

MYSTIC, Conn. – Marine trades associations and environmental groups in Connecticut and Rhode Island announced a partnership Thursday to help keep shorelines clear of debris. Thanks to a $70,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Rhode Island-based Clean The Bay and Save The Bay are extending their services into Connecticut in a partnership…more

Group gains NOAA funding for cleanup in Connecticut

Clean the Bay, in partnership with Clean Up Sound and Harbor and Save The Bay, will hold a press conference at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Mystic River Park on Cottrell Street to announce NOAA funding for marine debris removal in Connecticut. Clean the Bay is a non-profit agency based in Rhode Island. Its mission…more

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