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.

Railroad posts tender at Fort Lauderdale drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE — Good news for boaters who pass under the railroad drawbridge over Fort Lauderdale’s New River: The Florida East Coast Railway bridge now has a full-time tender who can communicate with boaters via VHF channels 9 and 16, and by telephone at 305-889-5572.

Boating safety bill nears passage in Connecticut

Powerboat operators would have to be at least 16 and complete a course in safe towing under a bill approved by the Connecticut legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Monday in response to last summer’s death of Greenwich teenager Emily Fedorko.

VIDEO: NOAA lends support to saltwater-fishing policy

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries released a plan to support the latest policy regarding recreational saltwater fishing, for the first time incorporating several concerns voiced by the boating and fishing communities.

Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer Jr. founded Sea Tow Services International in 1983. Sea Tow now has 600 U.S. and international franchises. Its distinctive yellow boats are ubiquitous on heavily used waterways.

He left his mark in indelible yellow

He was an entrepreneur armed with perfect timing, a relentless work ethic and a good Samaritan spirit, who created a new industry: professional non-emergency marine assistance.

Lake Tahoe boaters will encounter closed ramps

The lingering drought that has made for dismal skiing in the Sierra Nevada is going to take a toll on Lake Tahoe boaters this summer, as several of the typically busiest boat-launching ramps will remain closed through the entire season because of low water levels.

NOAA report sees renewal in fishing stocks

The number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing dropped to its lowest level since 1997, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began tracking stock status.

Minnesota bill seeks to repeal invasive-species training

A bill before the Minnesota House of Representatives would change a state law that is designed to require boat owners to receive training about how to identify and keep aquatic invasive species from getting into the state’s lakes.

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