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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.

San Diego port joins superyacht group

The Port of San Diego joined the San Diego Superyacht Association, a non-profit coalition formed to attract more superyachts to the region. It was roughly a year ago that the San Diego Unified Port District began accommodating superyachts along the Embarcadero area between the Grape Street Pier and the San Diego Maritime Museum. Up to…more

Army Corps will waive recreation fees in August

The Army Corps of Engineers will waive all day-use fees from Aug. 1 to 9 at its more than 2,400 recreation sites nationwide. The waiver applies to day-use fees collected at boat launches and swimming beach facilities. Fees for camping and camping-related services and specialized facilities or special events will not be waived. “The Corps…more

Tech school adds new marine programs

WyoTech-Daytona in Ormond Beach, Fla., added two new marine programs to its curriculum. The new 12-week programs, Advanced Marine and Off-Road Power, are for students who have successfully completed the school’s required six-month core programs in Marine Technology or Motorcycle Technology. They will be eligible to test for Mercury Marine “Essentials” and Yamaha “Five Star…more

N.J. celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant and its Marina Industry Enhancement Program began National Fishing and Boating Week in New Jersey with a special event. The event highlighted the important roles fishing and boating play in New Jersey’s economy and culture, and featured comments from New Jersey secretary of state Nina Mitchell…more

June christened Great Outdoors Month

President Obama and more than half of America’s governors have officially designated June as Great Outdoors Month. The proclamations were suggested by a coalition of recreation and conservation organizations, many of which coordinate special events held during June, including National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day and the Great American…more

California legislation could alter access

As California lawmakers move forward with the Marine Life Protection Act, boaters and anglers are urged to take action against the measure. According to the state’s Department of Fish and Game, the MLPA directs the state to re-evaluate and redesign California’s system of marine protected areas. The concern for boaters and anglers is that this…more

LearnToSail.net offers software special

LearnToSail.net is selling its Learn to Sail! with multimedia CD-ROMs at a special buy one, get one free rate until June 15. “With an uncertain economy, most retailers and sailing schools are being very selective on what items to stock for resale in their stores and on their Web sites. This special will benefit those…more

Coast Guard issues policy on moored watercraft

The U.S. Coast Guard published a notice of policy in the Federal Register stating the Coast Guard will no longer inspect nor issue certificates of inspection for permanently moored watercraft. This policy is a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co. Inc., which held that Title 1 United States…more

Group wants fishing, boating areas open in Calif.

The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans is urging California residents to support recreational fishing and boating opportunities by sending a letter to the California Fish and Game Commission in support of Proposal 2XA. At its May 13-14 meeting, the commission will begin taking public comment on the proposals that will establish marine protected areas in the…more

Marine trade group formed in Wisconsin

Marina operators in Wisconsin now have their own trade group with the recent election of the board of directors for the new Wisconsin Marina Association. The association is a collaborative effort with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and Wisconsin Harbor Towns Association. More…more

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