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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

European Union passes fishing quotas

In an outcome hailed by environmentalists, European Union lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to overhaul the region’s troubled fisheries policy to end decades of overfishing. Responding to widespread public dissatisfaction with the current policy, the European Parliament voted 502-137 to impose sustainable quotas by 2015 and end the practice of discarding unwanted fish at sea, according…more

Chinese boat show returns in May

The third Boat China & Water Sports Expo, dubbed “Boat China 2013,” will take place May 10-12 at China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex in China Guangzhou. Boat China 2013 has achieved solid market response, according to show organizers, demonstrating that the Chinese yacht market is rapidly developing. As the biggest boat show in…more

Reality show follows boat salvors

The Discovery Channel is making waves with its real-life, modern-day pirate and marine salvage series “Shipwreck Men,” starring four companies that patrol the coast of southern Florida seeking boats in distress. The company first on the scene reaps the benefits, making the competition cutthroat because the towing business can be lucrative, Fox News Entertainment reported.…more

High-end yacht orders buoy European market

Niche yacht orders measuring 100 feet or more and costing as much as $16 million are keeping the European luxury boating industry afloat. That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that many of the yachts include fully wired boardrooms, karaoke studios and mahjong parlors and leave no room for bedrooms, a trend driven…more

NTSB continues ferry investigation in New York

The National Transportation Safety Board released an update on the ongoing investigation into the Jan. 9 crash of the Seastreak Wall Street Ferry in New York that injured dozens. The engine manufacturer arrived at the accident scene last Friday and investigators were able to download alarm and parametric data stored on engine control modules in…more

Couple paddles across continent for educational cause

Dave and Amy Freeman began an 11,700-mile, human-powered North American Odyssey on April 22, 2010, with the purpose of educating students and people around the world about North America’s waterways and wild places via Wilderness Classroom, their non-profit educational organization. The couple has spent the last 33 months kayaking, canoeing and dogsledding across North America…more

New standard could affect yacht builders

Yacht builders are facing potential redesign issues after the International Maritime Organization passed a measure requiring large vessels to catalyze their engines by 2016. The measure passed by the group, which includes more than 100 countries as signatories to their treaties, would affect U.S. yacht manufacturers since they would be required to catalyze yachts 24…more

Burdensome rules crimp yacht industry in Chinese city

The yacht-manufacturing industry in Xiamen, China, has seen $48 million in exports, accounting for almost 33 percent of the total figure in China. But although the manufacturing sector flourishes, boating has become a “bottleneck for the whole industry in the city due to its cumbersome procedures,” quoted the Xiamen Yachting Industry Association as reporting.…more

Bonnier CEO announces retirement

Bonnier Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Stockholm, Sweden-based Bonnier AB, announced Friday that CEO Terry Snow is retiring. Dave Freygang, who has been executive vice president of the Active Interest division, will succeed Snow, the company announced. Snow and Freygang have their roots in World Publications, with Snow as its founder and chief executive and…more

Artifacts point to ancient boat in Alaska

Pieces of an ancient umiak, part of a trove recovered 70 years ago in an archaeological dig near Barrow, Alaska – the country’s northernmost city – were recently identified as having come from the oldest skin boat assembly yet found in the circumpolar arctic. The University of Alaska Museum of the North announced Tuesday that…more

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