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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.

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

South Florida waterway cleanup scheduled for March

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida has announced a partnership with the Florida Inland Navigation District for the association’s 36th Annual Waterway Cleanup. The event is scheduled for March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 26 designated cleanup sites across Broward County. Two former sites, Markham Park and Himmarshee Canal, are being…more

Maryland lawmakers hold hearing on bill to cap excise tax

The boating industry sparred with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday at a Senate committee hearing on a bill that would cap the state’s vessel excise tax. Senate Bill 90, proposed by Sen. John Astle, D-Annapolis, would limit the tax to $10,000 a boat. Supporters of Astle’s legislation told the Senate Budget and…more

Army Corps reduces lock service in Midwest

Some boaters use locks regularly and others never do, but even those who avail themselves of the service don’t understand what it costs. Even the Army Corps of Engineers finds it hard to pinpoint the figure. This difficulty, along with a reticence to implement plans to bolster funding for the Corps, has led to service…more

Michigan trade group endorses dredging effort

The Michigan Boating Industries Association is applauding Gov. Rick Snyder’s recognition of the emergency dredging needs of Michigan harbors. On Feb. 7, Snyder released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, 2013. Included in the governor’s budget recommendations is $21 million for dredging harbors, which the MBIA said is critical to…more

Dodge Ram signs on as fishing group sponsor

Chrysler’s Dodge Ram truck brand joined the Inshore Fishing Association as official sponsor for the 2013 season. Ram will join as a tour sponsor of the IFA Redfish and Kayak tours. The partnership also includes sponsorship of the all-new Lucas Oil IFA Pro-Am Redfish Challenge series presented by the outdoors merchandise retailer Cabela’s. Set to…more

Chesapeake Marine Training offers course bundles

The Virginia-based marine education service Chesapeake Marine Training is offering a bundled package of courses to professional mariners looking to upgrade their license. The “Able Seaman Training Bundle” includes the Coast Guard-approved courses of Able Seaman with Lifeboatman Limited; Personal Survival Techniques; Elementary First Aid and CPR; and License Application Assistance. This training bundle costs…more

Massachusetts trade group honors lawmakers

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association honored two lawmakers with the 2012 Legislator of the Year Award. State Reps. Dan Winslow and Susan Williams Gifford, both Republicans, were honored at a recent Business of Boating in Massachusetts and Marine Retail University professional development conference in Brockton, Mass. “It’s nice to have friends in the right places…more

Maryland honors longtime Chesapeake Bay advocate

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley designated Larry Simns as Admiral of the Chesapeake for his work as the chief advocate for Maryland’s watermen and their communities and for his role in promoting changes to better ensure the sustainability of commercial fishing in the state. Maryland Department of Natural Resources secretary John Griffin presented the award to…more

California college gains underwater research grants

Two research groups at UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute received multimillion-dollar, multiyear grants from the National Science Foundation to fund continuing long-term research into the ecology of kelp forests and coral reefs. The Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research and the Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research programs each received close to…more

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