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.

BoatUS said coastal North Carolina boaters won’t be subject to a new fee.

North Carolina rejects new boater fee

BoatUS said a controversial new “coastal boat fee” that would have made North Carolina boaters pay the highest state-imposed charges on recreational boats in the nation died with the passage of a state budget on Monday.

NMTA supports senator’s conservation fund advocacy

The Northwest Marine Trade Association is applauding U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., for championing the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which the trade group said has been improving boating and access for boaters for 50 years.

Feds release Everglades National Park management plan

The National Park Service released the final General Management Plan for Everglades National Park, which includes several changes that will affect recreational boating and fishing access and habitat conservation in the park.

Couple release new chart guides

Capts. Mark and Diana Doyle joke that they could be the last of the old-school cruising guide authors — out there full time, collecting firsthand information with an assortment of low- and high-tech survey tools.

Walleye fishing shut down on Minnesota lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources closed walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake until the end of November, saying this year’s harvest has exceeded the state’s allotment for the year by more than 2,000 pounds.

House bill seeks to ban lionfish imports

A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban importing all 11 lionfish species, including the nine that have not been found in U.S. waters.

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