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.

Karen and Andrew Grego run Blue Water Warriors, a charity staffed by volunteers that takes wounded veterans out on the water.

Water as a tonic for the scars of war

Andrew Grego recalls a meeting with an injured soldier at Walter Reed Military Medical Center that steeled his resolve to press on with Blue Water Warriors, a Fort Lauderdale non-profit that gets wounded veterans out on the water.


Crafted by millennials for millennials

Some people think millennials are unlikely candidates for boat ownership. Ben Dorton, the 26-year-old brand manager at Bryant Boats, is betting they’re wrong. Dorton and his father, John, Bryant’s chairman, are launching Wake Tractor, a new company that’s building a boat geared to the potentially lucrative millennial market. Although the Wake Tractor will be built…more

Experts say the industry’s future is inextricably tied to its ability to put more young people into boats.

Bracing for life without boomers

“Let’s face it,” says Jack Ellis, managing director at Info-Link Technologies Inc., “owning a boat is not a rational decision.”

NMMA Canada supports investment in Ontario waterway

Sara Anghel, executive director and vice president of government relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada joined Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq to announce infrastructure investments for more than $285 million across the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario.

Massachusetts adds restrictions on shark cruises

Massachusetts is cracking down on shark cruises off its Atlantic Ocean beaches, worried that the tourist-drawing stunt of baiting great white sharks could lead to an increase in attacks on swimmers.

B.A.S.S. online advocacy initiative gains support

A new online advocacy system is being rolled out to enable recreational saltwater anglers to easily call, write, email or tweet their federal officials quickly and easily to advocate on behalf of the industry.

VIDEO: Health of the oceans needs attention

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, R-R.I., and Dennis Nixon, who heads Rhode Island’s Sea Grant program, brought a message to people on World Oceans Day: The oceans are warming, increasingly acidified and littered with debris and sea levels are rising.

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