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.

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

Marine networking site debuts is a new, private online network specifically for recreational boaters and marine professionals. It was founded by Gary Druckenmiller and Todd Russell, who are guided by a group of respected marine advisors. “With this level of firepower behind us, it is only a matter of time before TheOpenSea becomes a household name across the…more

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

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