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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.

Gulf of Maine preserve could be partially reopened

After a dozen years of prohibiting access, the New England Fishery Management Council is considering reopening portions of a preserve 80 miles off the coast of Gloucester —one of the region’s most distinct marine habitats —to trawlers.

Significant U.S. offshore wind power ‘within reach’

More than 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast already designated for wind energy development could generate more than 16,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 5 million homes, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.

VIDEO: Fisheries group opposes Obama’s Pacific marine preserve

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council came out in opposition of President Obama’s announcement that he will create the world’s largest marine preserve in a swath of the Pacific, closing the area to fishing, energy exploration and other activities.

Disputed fishing data leads to a correction

After significant objection from the recreational fishing and boating community, the National Marine Fisheries Service is taking steps to correct a key fisheries economics report that misleadingly indicated that the domestic commercial fishing industry in the United States was significantly larger than the recreational fishing industry.

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.

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