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.
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.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday a bill that aims to increase the safety of California waterways by requiring boaters to pass a safety course and obtain a vessel operator card.
An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, former President George W. Bush made a surprise appearance as keynote speaker Monday at the Tracker Marine Conference at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake in Ridgedale, Mo.
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.
Long-distance rowers, paddlers and sailors will compete next summer in a first-ever Race to Alaska that offers a $10,000 prize, and no fuel bill.
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.
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.
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.
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Uniformity. That’s what many of the 60-odd cruisers who attended a workshop Wednesday night on possible changes to Florida’s anchorage law wanted.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting two workshops this week on proposals to change the state’s anchoring law and give some authority to counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on their waters.