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.

RFA supports increased red snapper allocation

The Recreational Fishing Alliance is urging saltwater anglers in the Gulf of Mexico to respond in favor of increasing red snapper allocation for the recreational fishing community.

Texas trade groups honor state legislators

The Boating Trades Association of Texas and Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston will present the 2013 Lone Star Awards for Legislative Excellence to state Sen. John Carona and state Rep. Dan Flynn for legislative efforts on behalf of Texas recreational boating.


Bahamas Billfish Championship names new president

The Bahamas Billfish Championship announced that Jennifer Dudas will take over as president of the 40-year-old tournament series. Dudas assumes the reins from Al Behrendt, who is retiring after producing the series since 1981. “I’m excited to take on this new role with the BBC,” Dudas said in a statement. “My first love is sportfishing…more

Sail America conference set for South Carolina

Sail America scheduled its fourth biannual Industry Conference for June 9-11. The three-day event, designed for sailing industry professionals, will take place at the Charleston (S.C.) Harbor Resort & Marina. Sail America said its Industry Conference is the place for sailing industry professionals to learn about new topics and trends, receive updates and network. The…more

Registration open for Michigan trade group conference

Registration is open for the Michigan Boating Industries Association’s 2013 Recreational Boating Educational Conference, which will be held Dec. 4-5 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The event is the only conference dedicated to Michigan’s marine industry, which has a $7.4 billion economic impact on the state. Offering both a dealer and a marina track,…more

Volunteers prepare for children’s fishing event in Florida

Harbor Docks in Destin, Fla., is hosting its 19th annual Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day Nov. 3 and has 350 openings for children and chaperones. Last year, 57 Destin charterboats offered to take children out for a fun day of fishing. Harbor Docks treats families to a fish fry after the trips, according to Children between the…more

Businesses welcome dredging of St. Augustine inlet

The Army Corps of Engineers is dredging the St. Augustine, Fla., Inlet to make it more easily navigable by boats that include the increasing number of pleasure yachts that visit. Businesses along Vilano Beach tell First Coast News that the deepening of the channel will keep them operating. “If we don’t have the boats coming…more

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