Regulations and Compliance

Many federal and state government regulations affect the marine industry. Trade Only follows developments as companies strive to operate in compliance with the rules.

Boating age-limit bill fails in Florida

A Florida bill that would have prevented youths under the age of 16 from driving a boat unless they are supervised by an adult did not pass before the legislature’s final adjournment last week.

Florida legislature passes Everglades restoration bill

Keep Florida Fishing, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, and the Everglades Foundation praised the Florida legislature for its support of Everglades restoration after the passage of a bill that was sent to Gov. Rick Scott.

NMMA supports end to request for catch-share pilot program

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said today that NOAA announced at a South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting that an exempted fishing permit that would have allowed a catch-share pilot program for six popular sportfish species was withdrawn.

Firm issues analysis of Trump manufacturing proposals

President Trump’s pro-business stance is encouraging to manufacturers who believe it will lower taxes and ease regulatory burdens, but his desire to dissolve some trade agreements and his talk of a 45 percent tariff on goods from China and a 35 percent tariff on Mexican imports make the manufacturing sector worried.

House bill adds outdoor recreation to GDP index

In one of its first acts upon returning to Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Outdoor REC Act, a bill that moves to count the outdoor recreation economy as part of the U.S. gross domestic product.

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