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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.

Annapolis school adds marine-weather class

The Annapolis School of Seamanship added a Marine Weather Basics class to its lineup. The school said the introductory class is designed for everyone and covers the basics of local and regional weather. It provides a firm foundation for the coastal and offshore weather classes that also will be introduced this year, the school said.…more

Potomac Riverboat Co. offers dog-friendly cruises

People love their dogs and their boats and “Mutts and Mimosas” cruises are merging the two. The Potomac Riverboat Co.’s Canine Cruises, also known as “Mutts and Mimosas,” allow dog owners to bring their pets on board for a 40-minute ride on the Potomac River, according to an article in the Washington Post. Potomac Riverboat…more

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South Carolina offers Guy Harvey-themed lottery tickets

Fans of marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey can now catch his work on instant tickets from the South Carolina Education Lottery. The artist’s colorful brush strokes bring to life South Carolina’s native red drum fish, sailfish, dolphin fish and loggerhead sea turtle, the state’s official reptile, in the series of four collector tickets.…more

PWIA pushes rider safety campaign on social media

The Personal Watercraft Industry Association is continuing its public safety commitment message, this time with a “Safe Rider” public service announcement that’s part of a social media awareness campaign that features daily safety tips, information and a month-long video contest focused on rider safety. The trade group released the announcement July 4 on its Facebook…more

Connecticut grant will go to clean Long Island Sound

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is soliciting proposals for $1 million in federal funds to clear vessels of sewage and bilge that could foul Long Island Sound. The DEEP announced Tuesday that operators of boat sewage disposal facilities, or pumpout stations, on Long Island Sound are eligible to apply for funding for…more

Cape Wind project gets $200 million in funding

A Danish pension fund plans to kick in $200 million to help pay for Cape Wind, edging the $2.6 billion project closer to being fully financed. In a statement released Tuesday, officials of PensionDanmark — a non-profit labor market pension fund with $24.7 billion in assets — said they would provide a mezzanine loan for…more

Tennis Hall of Famer joins SS United States conservation effort

Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King is joining the fight to save the historic ocean liner SS United States. With the SS United States Conservancy continuing its SOS campaign to save America’s Flagship, the owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms of Mylan World TeamTennis also will serve as an honorary member of the conservancy’s advisory…more

Marinas join discount program in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association announced that 18 marinas recently enrolled in the 2013 Stay Local, Boat Massachusetts Transient Boater Referral Program. Now it its fifth year, the reciprocal program encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates. For as little as $50 to $200, participating marinas are…more

BoatingLocal.com has a new owner

Lighthouse Publications acquired BoatingLocal.com, an online source of recreational boating news, entertainment and information in New England. Founded in 2010 as a daily online magazine for New England boaters and fishermen, BoatingLocal has published more than 6,000 posts, including more than 160 videos with more than 1 million total views, more than 170 original fishing…more

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Florida scientists discover new black bass species

Scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recnently uncovered a new species of black bass — the Choctaw bass, or Micropterus haiaka — in the southeastern United States. The Choctaw bass, which was long mistaken for spotted bass, is found in coastal rivers along the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama. Sometimes organisms are…more

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