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.

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, 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

Learn to Sail offers CD-ROM deal is offering its Learn to Sail! with Multimedia Vol. I and II CD-ROM in a special “Buy one, get one free” package. “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…more

Training course offered in Arizona

Dave’s Custom Boats and Tres Martins Performance Boat School are holding a training session for performance boat operators Sept 13-15 at Lake Havasu, Ariz. The course offers personal instruction guiding students through advance skill training and crucial performance objectives required to safely operate boats at speeds above 75 miles per hour. Participants will learn safety…more

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

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