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Pennsylvania seeks data from anglers on diseased fish

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission launched an electronic system for anglers reporting diseased fish they catch and observe in the Susquehanna River. The move is part of the commission’s continuing effort to gather more evidence to support its case for additional state agencies to begin recovery efforts for the river, according to The Patriot-News.…more

Boater fees increase in California

Californians face higher sales taxes and increased boater registration fees that took effect with the new year. The passage of Proposition 30 in November raises California’s sales tax by a quarter-cent. The higher rate will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2016, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The measure, expected to generate about…more

California group threatens boycott of boat parade

A boating group Newport, Calif., is threatening to boycott this year’s Christmas Boat Parade to protest proposed taxes and fees on residential dock owners. The Newport Beach city council decided to postpone the proposed tax hike on 1,200 docks, according to Patch.com in Newport Beach. The council was set to vote last week on changing…more

Washington state legislature considers boat-repair tax cut

Proposed legislation that would stop Washington state’s heavy taxation on long-term repairs for visiting boats would boost the economy and stop owners from taking them to nearby tax-free Canada for repairs. That’s according to Diane Talley, a representative of the Port Townsend (Wash.) Marine Trades Association, who told a Port Townsend meeting last week that…more

Chesapeake training school marks 20th anniversary

The Chesapeake Marine Training Institute is celebrating 20 years and has grown into a marine educational service that trains more than 1,000 professional mariners each year. Even after training more than 15,000 students, the importance of what professional mariners take away from their studies at the Gloucester, Va.-based school is not lost on Capt. Guy…more

Kansas votes to lower boat taxes

Kansas voters approved a change in the state constitution aimed at lowering property taxes on boats. The measure was supported by about 54 percent of voters in Tuesday’s election, according to the Associated Press. The new law allows the legislature to set up a new system for taxing watercraft. Kansas boat owners now pay property…more

Publisher plans new marine magazine

Lighthouse Publications and Lighthouse Media Solutions are launching New England Boating, an annual, four-color, glossy magazine focused on the New England boating lifestyle and culture. Publication of the premiere issue is set for early February, the company said. New England Boating will focus primarily on the region’s many boating destinations. Each article will feature an…more

Kansans to vote on reducing property tax on boats

Kansas voters will get another shot in November to cut property taxes for the state’s watercraft. A constitutional amendment that could save boat owners hundreds of dollars is on the ballot, effectively standardizing the highest rates in the Midwest with surrounding states, supporters told The Wichita Eagle. Kansas boat owners are registering their boats in…more

Mariners Learning System offers new online courses

Mariners Learning System, a provider of online captain’s license education courses, released a new line of courseware it calls “Captain in a Box.” In addition to online access to interactive software, the product provides students with materials that include study guides, checklists, charts, plotting tools and mobile applications. “When I was first exposed to the…more

Groups report progress in Biscayne Bay talks

A coalition of national boating and fishing organizations sent a letter to legislators expressing appreciation for recent steps toward developing a general management plan for Florida’s Biscayne National Park, but reiterated concerns about the potential to unnecessarily close large areas of the park to the public. The coalition, composed of the American Sportfishing Association, Center…more

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