More than 200 leaders in the recreational fishing and boating industries are asking U.S. House and Senate members in a letter today to support key policy changes to saltwater recreational fisheries management in the upcoming Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act reauthorization.
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.
Fishery managers are proposing to cut the striped bass quotas for commercial and recreational fishermen by as much as 25 percent because they fear bass are being caught faster than adult fish can replicate.
The number of whale sightings around New Jersey has increased substantially this year, suggesting that the state’s coastal waters are now clean enough to sustain humpbacks, finbacks and other species during their feeding season.
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Uniformity. That’s what many of the 60-odd cruisers who attended a workshop Wednesday night on possible changes to Florida’s anchorage law wanted.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting two workshops this week on proposals to change the state’s anchoring law and give some authority to counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on their waters.
Though it’s existed for decades, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is attracting renewed attention from scientists and environmental experts with the return of a research vessel that has been collecting data for the last several months.
The second annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast, benefiting the Wounded Warriors of South Florida, drew a fleet of 120 boats Saturday to its event fished out of Manatee Island Bar and grill in Port Salerno.
A wooden reproduction of a 16th-century Spanish galleon that made an appearance with Johnny Depp in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean” and on John Malkovich’s TV show “Crossbones” was supposed to arrive next month at South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J.
The marine industry has until Friday to comment on President Obama’s proposal to expand a Pacific Ocean marine preserve, effectively making it the world’s largest at 700,000 square miles.
Maryland boaters say they’re happy to see increasing public access to local waterways and the state government is trying to make public access even stronger.