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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.

New York law requires boating safety course

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Friday requiring powerboat operators to pass a safety course, but some advocates are already working to get a tougher law passed next year. The law, passed in light of several well-publicized fatal accidents in the United States last year, will require people 18 and younger to pass…more

Sailors for the Sea names new president

Sailors for the Sea, a Newport, R.I.-based ocean conservation non-profit focused on the sailing and boating community, named R. Mark Davis as president, effective Oct. 1. “Mark Davis, academically trained in marine biology and earth sciences education, is a recognized environmental leader who has received numerous awards for restoration, conservation and revitalization efforts throughout his…more

Great Lakes water levels rise from recent lows

Great Lakes levels have risen this summer from record lows in January — which is good news for boaters — but another dry summer could land them back at square one. “This year we had good winter ice pack and good snow melt, [so] the Great Lakes levels are higher this year than they’ve been…more

Great Lakes cruising school adds to webinar lineup

The Great Lakes Cruising Club School expanded its webinar curriculum for 2013-14. This year, boaters can choose from more than 40 webinar tutorials conducted by experienced Great Lakes Cruising Club-accredited sail- or powerboating colleagues and industry specialists. The interactive sessions are available to anyone who has an interest in learning more about boating and the…more

California group opposes boating fund proposal

Recreational Boaters of California is urging boaters in the state to contact local officials and urge them to vote against a bill they say will use money from a boating fund to prevent damage to streets and properties caused by beach erosion and flooding. Senate Bill 436 would open up the boater-financed state Harbors and…more

Maryland trade group discusses ways to lure new boaters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Marine Trades Association of Maryland focused on “The Scary Graying of the Industry” during a member conference Tuesday, based on a report in in Soundings Trade Only. American Boat and Yacht Council president John Adey addressed the group on statistics about boaters. “There’s been a major shift in who’s buying boats,”…more

Study shows economic impact of Northeast boaters

Recreational saltwater boating contributed $3.5 billion to the Northeast’s economy last year and supported the equivalent of 27,000 jobs, according to a study. The findings highlight the economic power of the 374,000 recreational boaters along the region’s coast as local ocean development appears poised to accelerate, according to the Associated Press. Aquaculture pens, wind farms…more

Maryland lawmaker favors reduction in boat tax cap

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — At least one Maryland lawmaker is hoping to further lower a tax cap on boats so the state can better compete with neighboring states in sales. Delegates Speaker Michael Busch, who was honored Tuesday by the Marine Trade Association of Maryland in Annapolis, said passing Maryland’s tax cap bill on boats not…more

Training program offered for small-craft boaters

Rhode Island-based Confident Captain/Ocean Pros is launching a new training program this fall with the introduction of the Confident Captain Skill Builder series. The company said the courses are custom-designed, professional development classes for small-craft professional mariners. Small-craft pros make up the majority of the United States maritime fleet; more than half of all Coast…more

Florida offers license-free fishing on Sunday

No fishing license will be required for Florida residents this Sunday during the Labor Day weekend. Gov. Rick Scott and the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that Sept. 1 will be a saltwater license-free fishing day for state residents. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions still apply. “The license-free fishing day on…more

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