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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.

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Algae blooms hurt charter business on Lake Erie

Dangerous levels of microcystin, a toxin spawned by harmful algal blooms around western Lake Erie, have compromised Toledo, Ohio’s water supply and inconvenienced thousands who live near or make their living on the lake.

VIDEO: Wake restriction lifted on Minnesota lake

While many parts of the country are grappling with intense drought, Minnesota has had so much water that no-wake restrictions were placed on Lake Minnetonka nearly two months ago and have devastated boat businesses there.

Obama approves rules for Atlantic oil exploration

The petroleum industry won a significant victory in a dispute with environmental groups last week when the Obama administration approved guidelines for seismic searches for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean.

Gulf of Maine preserve could be partially reopened

After a dozen years of prohibiting access, the New England Fishery Management Council is considering reopening portions of a preserve 80 miles off the coast of Gloucester —one of the region’s most distinct marine habitats —to trawlers.

Significant U.S. offshore wind power ‘within reach’

More than 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast already designated for wind energy development could generate more than 16,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 5 million homes, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.

VIDEO: Fisheries group opposes Obama’s Pacific marine preserve

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council came out in opposition of President Obama’s announcement that he will create the world’s largest marine preserve in a swath of the Pacific, closing the area to fishing, energy exploration and other activities.

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