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.
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.
The Water Sports Industry Association said it is now an advocacy partner of Boating United, a national community of boating businesses, enthusiasts and supporters.
The Recreational Fishing Alliance named Capt. T.J. Cheek of Brunswick, Ga., as Southeast regional director of the political action organization, which represents saltwater anglers and the industry.
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.
Boaters crossing the border into the Canadian province of Alberta soon will be greeted by dogs trained to sniff out invasive mussels.
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.
In a move long awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas have agreed to state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper.
Longtime Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said in a Facebook post that he will leave the company.
Two natural resources organizations joined forces to get kids fishing in an effort to connect a generation — increasingly growing disconnected from the outdoors — to nature.
A North Carolina bill that would divert beach nourishment funds to pay for dredging an inlet is pitting a business community and a boating community against one another.