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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.

Massachusetts reduces 2015 striper quota

A decline in spawning-age striped bass led an interstate fishery commission that regulates fishing along the East Coast to cut landings for next year by 25 percent from this year.

Survey seeks data on saltwater fishing boats

Bonnier Custom Insights conducted its second annual Boat Builder Survey in conjunction with Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing and Marlin magazines to provide a boat buyers’ guide.

NOAA touts new pungent shark repellent

A nasty-smelling shark repellent developed to reduce shark bycatch — and so effective it tends to leave humans gasping for breath — received accolades in a report to Congress by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NASBLA honors Oregon boat-inspection program

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, in conjunction with Boat Ed, announced the Oregon State Marine Board Boat Inspection and Procurement Program as the recipient of the 2014 Innovations Award.

Florida man jailed for abandoned boat

A 69-year-old Florida man was briefly jailed over an abandoned boat in the Florida Keys the day after he told authorities that he would make payments to them if they could remove the boat for him.

Concert raises money for ocean conservation

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, which has drawn national acts and tens of thousands of fans to Fort Lauderdale Beach, is promoting ocean conservation and awareness with post-concert check presentations totaling $60,000 to support the cause behind the music.

NOAA plans fishing-boat operator survey

The U.S. Department of Commerce is asking the federal Office of Management and Budget for permission to conduct a phone survey of for-hire recreational fishing.

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