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.

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

D.C. foundation receives boating council grant

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region was recently selected to receive the 2010 Outboard Marine Corporation Foundation’s “Take ‘Em Boating” $5,000 grant in support of Living Classrooms’ shipboard program aboard the M/V Half Shell. The award, administered by the National Safe Boating Council, is to be presented March 31 at the International Boating and…more

MIASF holds annual waterway cleanup

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida this weekend held its 33rd annual waterway cleanup, removing 15 tons of trash from Broward County’s waterways, rivers and canals. More than 1,800 volunteers took part in the event at 25 sites in the area. An inaugural Year-Round Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to Arnaldo “Arnie” Correia for…more

Missouri may end tax exemption on boat purchases

Missouri lawmakers are considering the repeal of a longstanding sales tax exemption for boat buyers. The exemption allows buyers of big boats to pay a small fee in lieu of sales taxes and shave as much as $30,000 off the purchase of a $500,000 boat. The exemption, which does not apply to smaller boats, has…more

Washington tax break on trade-ins in jeopardy

Washington State lawmakers are considering repealing a law that gives tax breaks on the value of traded-in property, including boats and cars. The state missed out on $315 million in tax revenue in 2008 and 2009 because of the policy – a lot of money to legislators looking for ways to fix a $2.8 billion…more

Magnuson-Stevens rally set for tomorrow

“United We Fish,” a rally to support reform of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, is set for noon Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The event was coordinated by coastal anglers from around the country and is expected to draw several thousand recreational and commercial fishermen. The rally will beign with…more

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

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