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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.

Group raises concerns about Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Boating Federation has sent a letter to the EPA voicing its concern that there is no boating representative on the advisory board for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory board includes representatives from universities, research institutions, municipalities, Native American tribes and a foundation, but the omission of an…more

Fishing guide honored by Hell’s Bay Boatworks

Capt. Jeff Legutki, a Naples/Marco, Fla., guide who also charters fly and light tackle anglers in the Everglades, became the first recipient of the Jose Wejebe Memorial Professional Guide Award during the second annual Hell’s Bay Boatworks’ Guides Rendezvous. Wejebe, a popular and valued member of Hell’s Bay’s world-class pro team, died April 6, 2012,…more

Maryland tax-cap bill passes, but with a catch

A bill written to cap Maryland’s excise tax on boats passed the state senate unanimously Friday, but it no longer caps the tax. It no longer has anything to do with that tax or with addressing the concerns that prompted the marine industry to call for a cap. Senate Bill 90 is now a measure…more

Michigan trade group applauds new dredging bills

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a dredging assistance package. For the last few months, the Michigan Boating Industries Association and its lobbying firm in Lansing, Muchmore Harrington Smalley and Associates, have been working to establish solutions and funding for dredging in the state. The package Snyder signed Wednesday contained five bills: • HB 4398:…more

Ohio boat registrations set record in 2012

Boat registrations in Ohio reached a record high for a fourth consecutive year in 2012. The state Department of Natural Resources’ watercraft division, which oversees the registration and titling of all Ohio recreational watercraft, said a record 435,310 boats were registered in 2012, surpassing the previous record of 426,674, which was reported in 2011. The…more

OPINION: Online boater safety courses measure up

With the Connecticut legislature poised to rule on H.B. No. 6541, which would allow online education options for boating and hunting safety, it’s time to set the record straight. Despite the emotional appeals to prevent online training, the facts indicate Internet courses are a sensible and valid educational alternative. In a recent opinion piece, “Is…more

OPINION: Is online boater training sufficient?

The controversial issue of online safe boating classes and testing has surfaced again in Connecticut. Shot down twice before, a bill drafted by the Boating Division of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has been presented to legislators in Hartford. This new law would recognize at-home online training to be the equivalent of…more

Sustainable Ocean Summit adds special session for business community

The World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit, which will be held April 22-24 in Washington, D.C., has added a special session to foster and facilitate industry input to the recently launched Global Ocean Commission. A new Global Ocean Commission Ocean Industry Forum session at the 2013 summit will be held April 24, and it provides…more

OPINION: Ten ways to financially sustain boating and fishing

It is time to tell Washington that games need to stop. Americans overwhelmingly agree that federal deficits need to be cut and that federal spending reductions need to be a big part of this effort. But few Americans support across-the-board cuts that treat all federal programs the same or believe that all government programs are…more

Lake Erie trade group elects 2013 officers and directors

Bob Ivancic, of Ivancic Marine in Cleveland, was re-elected chairman of the board of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association. This is the third consecutive year that Ivancic has been tapped to head the 100-plus-member trade group. Founded in 1956, it represents boat dealers, marina operators and service companies across northern Ohio and annually produces…more

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