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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.

A House saltwater fishing reform bill ignores key provisions of the industry-backed Morris/Deal "Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries."

Sport anglers turn to Senate

The recreational fishing and boating community is expressing collective disappointment after a saltwater fishing bill in the U.S. House of Representatives failed to address the community’s top priorities.

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Industry leaders honor Bush 41’s conservation efforts

Helping former President George H.W. Bush continue to celebrate his 90th birthday, a group of conservation leaders, headed by Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO Johnny Morris, gathered to go fishing with Bush and to honor him for his commitment to conservation.

‘Vision’ authors share Eddie Smith award

John Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boat Co., this spring shared the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award, which is presented by the Center for Coastal Conservation to leaders in conservation advocacy.

Obama seeks expansion of Pacific marine preserve

President Obama announced that he will designate the world’s largest marine preserve in a large swath of the Pacific Ocean, making the area off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities. The action expands upon and more than quadruples a protective measure that George W. Bush took during his presidency.

President Obama signs dredging legislation into law

President Obama signed bipartisan legislation this week acknowledging that recreational boating is a significant contributor to the nation’s economy, according to BoatUS, which said it will work to implement the law.

Marine Industry Day set for South Florida

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is hosting a panel discussion Wednesday on the industry’s economic impact and educational opportunities, followed by the launch of a scholarship program, at Nova Southeastern Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach.

Feds hand out millions in boating grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced more than $14 million in competitive Boating Infrastructure Grant funding to 10 states and the District of Columbia.

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