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. has a new owner

Lighthouse Publications acquired, an online source of recreational boating news, entertainment and information in New England. Founded in 2010 as a daily online magazine for New England boaters and fishermen, BoatingLocal has published more than 6,000 posts, including more than 160 videos with more than 1 million total views, more than 170 original fishing…more


Florida scientists discover new black bass species

Scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recnently uncovered a new species of black bass — the Choctaw bass, or Micropterus haiaka — in the southeastern United States. The Choctaw bass, which was long mistaken for spotted bass, is found in coastal rivers along the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama. Sometimes organisms are…more

New York boating museum seeks new location

The Finger Lakes Boating Museum, which consists of more than 100 boats built in New York’s Finger Lakes region during the last century, is moving to a temporary storage facility while it looks for a new home. The museum’s collection stays in storage for most of the year and is brought out once a year…more

Oyster reefs show cleanup potential in Chesapeake

Researchers think oysters could help clean up Chesapeake Bay. The Washington Post reported Sunday that a reef seeded with oysters by the state of Maryland — about 130 oysters per square meter — removed 20 times more nitrogen pollution from such stuff as home lawn and farm fertilizer in one year than a nearby site…more

Fund set up for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating founder

The board of directors of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, or CRAB, established a fund to honor the passing of founder Don Backe, who died April 12. Backe founded CRAB in 1991 after a serious auto accident caused him to lose full use of his legs. He had been a lifelong educator and sailor, and after…more

Kansas bill seeks to cut boat taxes

The property tax on boats and other watercraft in Kansas will be cut from 30 percent of appraised value to 11.5 percent next year if Gov. Sam Brownback signs a bill the House and Senate approved last week. Boat taxes would be phased down to 5 percent in 2015 and beyond, according to an article…more

Group raises concerns about Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Boating Federation has sent a letter to the EPA voicing its concern that there is no boating representative on the advisory board for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory board includes representatives from universities, research institutions, municipalities, Native American tribes and a foundation, but the omission of an…more

Fishing guide honored by Hell’s Bay Boatworks

Capt. Jeff Legutki, a Naples/Marco, Fla., guide who also charters fly and light tackle anglers in the Everglades, became the first recipient of the Jose Wejebe Memorial Professional Guide Award during the second annual Hell’s Bay Boatworks’ Guides Rendezvous. Wejebe, a popular and valued member of Hell’s Bay’s world-class pro team, died April 6, 2012,…more

Maryland tax-cap bill passes, but with a catch

A bill written to cap Maryland’s excise tax on boats passed the state senate unanimously Friday, but it no longer caps the tax. It no longer has anything to do with that tax or with addressing the concerns that prompted the marine industry to call for a cap. Senate Bill 90 is now a measure…more

Michigan trade group applauds new dredging bills

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a dredging assistance package. For the last few months, the Michigan Boating Industries Association and its lobbying firm in Lansing, Muchmore Harrington Smalley and Associates, have been working to establish solutions and funding for dredging in the state. The package Snyder signed Wednesday contained five bills: • HB 4398:…more

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