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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.

Advocates of regulatory reform say federal saltwater fishing policy shortchanges recreational anglers.

All aboard on Morris-Deal

In an unprecedented show of solidarity among saltwater fishing stakeholders, the Recreational Fishing Alliance is endorsing a vision for managing saltwater fisheries that would give recreational anglers a seat at the table.

Red-snapper plan receives industry backing

The marine industry offered widespread support for a plan under which the Gulf states would manage their red snapper populations 200 miles offshore, as opposed to the federal management that the species has faced to this point.

Gulf states reach deal on red-snapper management

In a move long awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas have agreed to state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper.

Feds hand out new boating grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced more than $12.2 million in grants to 10 states for projects to support recreational boating through the agency’s Boating Infrastructure Grant program.

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