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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.

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

Baltimore Sun opposes lower excise tax in Maryland

Maryland marine industry advocates have said high state excise taxes on yachts are driving business to neighboring states, but an editorial in The Baltimore Sun maintains that lowering the tax is a bad choice since it would only affect “the super-rich.” “Few places in the U.S. are better suited for boating and the state’s geographic…more

Fishing industry suffers setbacks in New Jersey

In recent years the sport of saltwater fishing in New Jersey has lost more than one of every 10 jobs lost industrywide, nearly $200 million in sales and $109 million in contributions to the state’s gross domestic product, according to the most recent economic data from the National Marine Fisheries Service. And since 2007 the…more

Charter group holds annual kids fishing event

Members of the Chincoteague Charter Boat Association in Virginia held their third annual “Take A Kid Fishing Day,” an event that teaches youths ages 7 to 13 fishing basics, boat safety and navigation. “We’re experienced captains, so there’s no better person to learn from,” Capt. Charlie Koski, of Island Queen Inland Charters, said in a…more

Bronx boatbuilding program teaches youths

A non-profit organization in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx is teaching young people how to build boats, row, sail and restore urban waterways. Founder Adam Green started the Rocking the Boat program in 1996 while he was still in college, according to New York’s Channel 1 news. Through the years, he has directed…more

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A battle for Biscayne Bay

Critics say new government regulations would wall off fishing and hurt the South Florida economy Guiding anglers to monster game fish is Stan Saffan’s passion. A charter captain from Miami for nearly 50 years, he currently runs two 58-foot sportfishing boats from Haulover Park Marina. But there’s one aspect of Saffan’s job that makes him…more

Philadelphia boat race benefits local charities

The Philadelphia police and fire departments held a boat race last weekend to raise money for several charities, including the Independence Seaport Museum’s High School Boat Building Program. The race along the Delaware River last Saturday was organized by the fire department and hosted by the museum, according to Philadelphia’s CBS-TV affiliate. City Fire Capt.…more

Study: Outdoor recreation grew as economy slumped

A report released by the Outdoor Industry Association shows that outdoor recreation is not only a major economic driver in the United States, but it also has grown throughout the recession. That’s information the outdoors group and the National Marine Manufacturers Association brought to Capitol Hill last week, according to an NMMA post. The NMMA…more

Florida fishing show wins TV award

The Telly Awards named Florida Sport Fishing TV a bronze winner in the 33rd annual Telly Awards for two episodes from the show’s inaugural season in 2011. Super Snook and Breakfast Broadbills were chosen from nearly 11,000 entries. Winners of the Telly Awards represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies,…more

Connecticut youth boating group plans open house

The Young Mariners Foundation in Stamford, Conn., will hold an open house on three dates in July. The foundation, which is dedicated to boosting the academic and life skills of underserved middle-school students in Stamford through, sailing, will hold the events from 1-3 p.m. July 6 and July 10 and from 10 a.m. to noon…more

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