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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.

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Bahamas Billfish Championship names new president

The Bahamas Billfish Championship announced that Jennifer Dudas will take over as president of the 40-year-old tournament series. Dudas assumes the reins from Al Behrendt, who is retiring after producing the series since 1981. “I’m excited to take on this new role with the BBC,” Dudas said in a statement. “My first love is sportfishing…more

Sail America conference set for South Carolina

Sail America scheduled its fourth biannual Industry Conference for June 9-11. The three-day event, designed for sailing industry professionals, will take place at the Charleston (S.C.) Harbor Resort & Marina. Sail America said its Industry Conference is the place for sailing industry professionals to learn about new topics and trends, receive updates and network. The…more

Registration open for Michigan trade group conference

Registration is open for the Michigan Boating Industries Association’s 2013 Recreational Boating Educational Conference, which will be held Dec. 4-5 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The event is the only conference dedicated to Michigan’s marine industry, which has a $7.4 billion economic impact on the state. Offering both a dealer and a marina track,…more

Volunteers prepare for children’s fishing event in Florida

Harbor Docks in Destin, Fla., is hosting its 19th annual Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day Nov. 3 and has 350 openings for children and chaperones. Last year, 57 Destin charterboats offered to take children out for a fun day of fishing. Harbor Docks treats families to a fish fry after the trips, according to nwfdailynews.com. Children between the…more

Businesses welcome dredging of St. Augustine inlet

The Army Corps of Engineers is dredging the St. Augustine, Fla., Inlet to make it more easily navigable by boats that include the increasing number of pleasure yachts that visit. Businesses along Vilano Beach tell First Coast News that the deepening of the channel will keep them operating. “If we don’t have the boats coming…more

ProBoat Radio pulls the plug on new shows

ProBoat Radio, a weekly online show created for the readers of Professional BoatBuilder magazine by Carl Cramer and Barbara Jean Walsh, will no longer air new episodes, but fans can access the complete archives of past shows. The radio show ran once a week for more than 200 episodes, covering a variety of topics, as…more

Protest seeks reopening of Everglades National Park waters

Upper Florida Keys fishing guides are staging a protest today because of the Everglades National Park waters closure and asking Interior Department officials to provide reasonable access if a budget deal can’t be reached on Capitol Hill. The budget impasse in Congress has resulted in numerous federal closures, including Everglades National Park waters, where a…more

Powerboat races head to Key West in November

American and international powerboat racing teams will compete Nov. 3-10 in Key West Harbor, Fla., during the Key West World Championship. Boats will race on a 6.2-mile course that features both rough and calm water conditions during the season-ending event, which dubs itself the Indianapolis 500 of the offshore powerboat racing circuit. The course layout…more

New York law requires boating safety course

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Friday requiring powerboat operators to pass a safety course, but some advocates are already working to get a tougher law passed next year. The law, passed in light of several well-publicized fatal accidents in the United States last year, will require people 18 and younger to pass…more

Sailors for the Sea names new president

Sailors for the Sea, a Newport, R.I.-based ocean conservation non-profit focused on the sailing and boating community, named R. Mark Davis as president, effective Oct. 1. “Mark Davis, academically trained in marine biology and earth sciences education, is a recognized environmental leader who has received numerous awards for restoration, conservation and revitalization efforts throughout his…more

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