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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.

High costs lead to drop in California fishing-license purchases

Annual fishing license sales in California have dropped nearly 55 percent since 1980, according to the California Sportfishing League, despite census numbers reporting a population increase from about 23 million to more than 38 million in the same period.

Water-sports group joins Boating United

The Water Sports Industry Association said it is now an advocacy partner of Boating United, a national community of boating businesses, enthusiasts and supporters.

Advocates of regulatory reform say federal saltwater fishing policy shortchanges recreational anglers.

All aboard on Morris-Deal

In an unprecedented show of solidarity among saltwater fishing stakeholders, the Recreational Fishing Alliance is endorsing a vision for managing saltwater fisheries that would give recreational anglers a seat at the table.

Red-snapper plan receives industry backing

The marine industry offered widespread support for a plan under which the Gulf states would manage their red snapper populations 200 miles offshore, as opposed to the federal management that the species has faced to this point.

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