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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.

NOAA plans fishing-boat operator survey

The U.S. Department of Commerce is asking the federal Office of Management and Budget for permission to conduct a phone survey of for-hire recreational fishing.

The industry is pressing Congress to recognize the economic importance of recreational fishing.

Fresh Magnuson tough to catch

Recreational fishing is a big business and its economic impact is equal to or greater than that of commercial fishing. Despite that message from industry advocates to lawmakers at an August meeting in Alaska on saltwater fishing regulations, some don’t think they’ll see change during this gridlock-stunted Congress.

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Industry takes to Capitol Hill for Magnuson-Stevens reform

In a continued effort to educate lawmakers about the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, several industry players addressed staff representing members of the Congressional Boating Caucus on Tuesday about the importance of supporting recreational fishing and boating through legislation.

Industry letter urges Magnuson-Stevens reform

More than 200 leaders in the recreational fishing and boating industries are asking U.S. House and Senate members in a letter today to support key policy changes to saltwater recreational fisheries management in the upcoming Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act reauthorization.

Striped bass quota could be cut by 25 percent

Fishery managers are proposing to cut the striped bass quotas for commercial and recreational fishermen by as much as 25 percent because they fear bass are being caught faster than adult fish can replicate.

Whale sightings more common along Jersey coast

The number of whale sightings around New Jersey has increased substantially this year, suggesting that the state’s coastal waters are now clean enough to sustain humpbacks, finbacks and other species during their feeding season.

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