Access

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.

Audit of marine board reveals wasteful spending

The Oregon State Marine Board was found to have a “frequent disregard for state rules and policies and a casual attitude toward expenditure of public funds,” according to the secretary of state’s audits division. “Controls were lacking, certain expenditures were questionable, equipment and services were not procured appropriately, state property was not disposed of properly…more

Video set offers pro-level boater instruction

All Marine Network is selling Smart Boating, a four-DVD box set that offers recreational boaters professional-level training in boat operation and safety procedures. This video course, which features more than 10 hours of instruction and information, is hosted by Capt. Steve Larivee, president of the boating education company Maritime Smarts. Larivee is a licensed professional…more

Coalition backs marine fisheries bill

Support is growing for legislation to address the “crisis” in federal marine fisheries management as a House version of the Fishery Conservation Transition Act was introduced by members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, a coalition of fishing, boating and industry groups announced. The legislation mirrors a bill previously introduced in the Senate. The legislation has…more

California fund started to fight fishing restrictions

The Ocean Access Protection Fund recently launched an online contribution program. Through its site, this division of United Anglers of Southern California can collect online contributions for legal challenges against California’s Marine Life Protection Act, as well as future threats to recreational access to ocean and coastal waters. “Contributions to the OAPF will be used…more

Website to offer free seminars for boaters

TheNauticalLifestyle.com is hosting a series of free Internet seminars next week to help boaters on a variety of topics. Conducted by marine industry experts, the seminars include: How to get a boat loan if your credit score is under 720; what to do when caught in bad weather; the advantages and disadvantages of having a…more

Boat tie-up on Kentucky lake claims record

There were 1,651 boats tied together last weekend on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky and officials say that breaks the world record for the number of boats tied up. The official on-site judge for the event, Mike Janela, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the Lake Cumberland Raft-Up broke the Guinness World Record for the largest boat…more

Angler group seeks voice on Gulf oil spill

The Billfish Foundation is urging constituents to join it in reminding decision makers to include the recreational fishing and boating community in the federal fisheries disaster declarations that allow for compensation of losses. “Rarely making the news are the losses being felt by the multibillion-dollar recreational fishing and boating industry in the Gulf, comprised primarily…more

New non-profit focuses on shark advocacy

This week marks the launch of Shark Advocates International, a new, non-profit initiative dedicated to shark conservation. “Sharks are among the oceans’ most vulnerable animals, and now more than ever they need our help,” said Sonja Fordham, Shark Advocates International president, in a statement. “After decades of steady progress, recent months have brought serious setbacks…more

Groups to pump up life-jacket record

The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, invites the boating community to participate in this year’s “Inflatable Life Jacket World Record Inflation Day.” Throughout North America at 11 a.m. (EDT) May 20, participants will simultaneously inflate their life jackets to set what the partners call “an unprecedented world record.”…more

Boating pets get their own site

Sea Ray has introduced a new Pet and Water Safety, or PAWS, Web site. The PAWS site features articles, safety tips, boating gear, contests and special offers from such sponsors as Nestle Purina Petcare and Onyx Outdoor pet life jackets. Sea Ray says more than 60 percent of its customers have dogs and cats, and…more

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