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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.

Selene Annapolis offers instructional charters

Selene Annapolis Charters is offering a new instructional charter aboard Holiday, a Selene 47, with Sea Sense Powerboating School instructors. Boaters can learn how to cruise on a trawler as well as learning the basics from experienced Selene captains. Holiday will be available on Chesapeake Bay out of Annapolis in May, June, July, September and…more

New Jersey trade group offers scholarships

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey has two scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year. The first scholarship is a $3,000 MTA/NJ education scholarship that can be applied toward any marine trades program at any school. In addition, the Automotive Training Center in Pennsylvania is sponsoring a full scholarship to students interested in its Marine…more

Marine networking site debuts

TheOpenSea.com is a new, private online network specifically for recreational boaters and marine professionals. It was founded by Gary Druckenmiller and Todd Russell, who are guided by a group of respected marine advisors. “With this level of firepower behind us, it is only a matter of time before TheOpenSea becomes a household name across the…more

Group formed for young yachting professionals

Young Professionals in Yachting is a new group formed to help young professionals succeed in the yachting industry. “The goal is for young professionals to have a place and identity of their own in the yachting industry, with emphasis on building long-lasting partnerships between our members, other industry veterans, and related groups and associations along…more

Marine systems training grants available

Maine’s North Star Alliance Initiative is offering grants to individuals interested in training classes at the Marine Systems Training Center in Thomaston. The NSAI is an organization focused on the economic development of coastal Maine. “North Star is providing financial assistance for training workers in one of Maine’s oldest and most distinguished industries,” said Minda…more

Group protests California fishing limits

The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans, which represents recreational fishing and boating interests in California, denounced a decision that it says could have a devastating effect on the state’s economy and the public’s right to access the state’s coastal waters. Under the California Marine Life Protection Act, California’s South Coast Blue Ribbon Task Force voted to…more

Florida marine directory retools Web site

FloridaMarineGuide.com, a marine business directory, recently redesigned its Web site. The Web site redesign allows users to narrow a search among the nearly 9,000 business listings for a specific region in Florida, such as “a marina in Fort Lauderdale.” It also features a photo blog where visitors can see pictures and read information on various…more

Day-use fees to be waived for veterans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees Nov. 11 for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at more than 2,400 Corps-operated recreation areas nationwide in honor of Veterans Day. “We began this initiative in 2006 to support and honor the men and women who have served the nation…more

Thunderbolt Marine offers apprentice program

A comprehensive marine apprenticeship program is being launched by Thunderbolt Marine, a yacht repair and refit facility near Savannah, Ga. Partnering with Brooks Marine Group, the program seeks to collaborate with two Savannah area schools to encourage more interest and spread information about careers in the marine industry. Click here for the full release.

Working waterfront webinar is Thursday

The 28th International Submerged Lands Management Conference webinar session on Working Waterfronts is set for 3-4:30 p.m. EDT Thursday. Panelists include Tom Murray, VIMS; Sarah van der Schalie, NOAA; Andrew Willner, Waterkeeper Org; and Jody Thompson, Auburn University/Alabama Sea Grant. Attendance is free. Those interested can click here to register. For info, contact Dorina Frizzera,…more

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