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.

Cape Wind project gets $200 million in funding

A Danish pension fund plans to kick in $200 million to help pay for Cape Wind, edging the $2.6 billion project closer to being fully financed. In a statement released Tuesday, officials of PensionDanmark — a non-profit labor market pension fund with $24.7 billion in assets — said they would provide a mezzanine loan for…more

Tennis Hall of Famer joins SS United States conservation effort

Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King is joining the fight to save the historic ocean liner SS United States. With the SS United States Conservancy continuing its SOS campaign to save America’s Flagship, the owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms of Mylan World TeamTennis also will serve as an honorary member of the conservancy’s advisory…more

Marinas join discount program in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association announced that 18 marinas recently enrolled in the 2013 Stay Local, Boat Massachusetts Transient Boater Referral Program. Now it its fifth year, the reciprocal program encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates. For as little as $50 to $200, participating marinas are…more has a new owner

Lighthouse Publications acquired, an online source of recreational boating news, entertainment and information in New England. Founded in 2010 as a daily online magazine for New England boaters and fishermen, BoatingLocal has published more than 6,000 posts, including more than 160 videos with more than 1 million total views, more than 170 original fishing…more


Florida scientists discover new black bass species

Scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recnently uncovered a new species of black bass — the Choctaw bass, or Micropterus haiaka — in the southeastern United States. The Choctaw bass, which was long mistaken for spotted bass, is found in coastal rivers along the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama. Sometimes organisms are…more

New York boating museum seeks new location

The Finger Lakes Boating Museum, which consists of more than 100 boats built in New York’s Finger Lakes region during the last century, is moving to a temporary storage facility while it looks for a new home. The museum’s collection stays in storage for most of the year and is brought out once a year…more

Oyster reefs show cleanup potential in Chesapeake

Researchers think oysters could help clean up Chesapeake Bay. The Washington Post reported Sunday that a reef seeded with oysters by the state of Maryland — about 130 oysters per square meter — removed 20 times more nitrogen pollution from such stuff as home lawn and farm fertilizer in one year than a nearby site…more

Fund set up for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating founder

The board of directors of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, or CRAB, established a fund to honor the passing of founder Don Backe, who died April 12. Backe founded CRAB in 1991 after a serious auto accident caused him to lose full use of his legs. He had been a lifelong educator and sailor, and after…more

Kansas bill seeks to cut boat taxes

The property tax on boats and other watercraft in Kansas will be cut from 30 percent of appraised value to 11.5 percent next year if Gov. Sam Brownback signs a bill the House and Senate approved last week. Boat taxes would be phased down to 5 percent in 2015 and beyond, according to an article…more

Group raises concerns about Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Boating Federation has sent a letter to the EPA voicing its concern that there is no boating representative on the advisory board for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory board includes representatives from universities, research institutions, municipalities, Native American tribes and a foundation, but the omission of an…more

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