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.

Dodge Ram signs on as fishing group sponsor

Chrysler’s Dodge Ram truck brand joined the Inshore Fishing Association as official sponsor for the 2013 season. Ram will join as a tour sponsor of the IFA Redfish and Kayak tours. The partnership also includes sponsorship of the all-new Lucas Oil IFA Pro-Am Redfish Challenge series presented by the outdoors merchandise retailer Cabela’s. Set to…more

Chesapeake Marine Training offers course bundles

The Virginia-based marine education service Chesapeake Marine Training is offering a bundled package of courses to professional mariners looking to upgrade their license. The “Able Seaman Training Bundle” includes the Coast Guard-approved courses of Able Seaman with Lifeboatman Limited; Personal Survival Techniques; Elementary First Aid and CPR; and License Application Assistance. This training bundle costs…more

Massachusetts trade group honors lawmakers

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association honored two lawmakers with the 2012 Legislator of the Year Award. State Reps. Dan Winslow and Susan Williams Gifford, both Republicans, were honored at a recent Business of Boating in Massachusetts and Marine Retail University professional development conference in Brockton, Mass. “It’s nice to have friends in the right places…more

Maryland honors longtime Chesapeake Bay advocate

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley designated Larry Simns as Admiral of the Chesapeake for his work as the chief advocate for Maryland’s watermen and their communities and for his role in promoting changes to better ensure the sustainability of commercial fishing in the state. Maryland Department of Natural Resources secretary John Griffin presented the award to…more

California college gains underwater research grants

Two research groups at UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute received multimillion-dollar, multiyear grants from the National Science Foundation to fund continuing long-term research into the ecology of kelp forests and coral reefs. The Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research and the Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research programs each received close to…more

Massachusetts dealer event set for Jan. 23

The Norman-Spencer Marine Retail University is holding a seminar Jan. 23 in Brockton, Mass., as it teams with the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association’s Business of Boating event. The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association is hosting the event and inviting all New England-based dealers and suppliers to join them at the Massasoit Conference Center for this one-day…more

Pennsylvania seeks data from anglers on diseased fish

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission launched an electronic system for anglers reporting diseased fish they catch and observe in the Susquehanna River. The move is part of the commission’s continuing effort to gather more evidence to support its case for additional state agencies to begin recovery efforts for the river, according to The Patriot-News.…more

Boater fees increase in California

Californians face higher sales taxes and increased boater registration fees that took effect with the new year. The passage of Proposition 30 in November raises California’s sales tax by a quarter-cent. The higher rate will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2016, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The measure, expected to generate about…more

California group threatens boycott of boat parade

A boating group Newport, Calif., is threatening to boycott this year’s Christmas Boat Parade to protest proposed taxes and fees on residential dock owners. The Newport Beach city council decided to postpone the proposed tax hike on 1,200 docks, according to in Newport Beach. The council was set to vote last week on changing…more

Washington state legislature considers boat-repair tax cut

Proposed legislation that would stop Washington state’s heavy taxation on long-term repairs for visiting boats would boost the economy and stop owners from taking them to nearby tax-free Canada for repairs. That’s according to Diane Talley, a representative of the Port Townsend (Wash.) Marine Trades Association, who told a Port Townsend meeting last week that…more

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