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.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission seeks new director

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has launched a nationwide search for a new executive director. The executive director serves as the chief executive officer of the PFBC, an independent administrative commission established in 1866. The executive director is selected by, and reports to, a 10-member commission appointed by the governor. The agency is empowered…more

Nebraska politician questioned about his boat registration

Nebraska state Sen. Kent Rogert never paid sales tax on the 1996 boat he bought six years ago, and instead registered the vessel as a boat dealer, according to the Nebraska Watchdog Web site. Rogert acknowledges registering the boat as a dealer and says the 28-foot 310-hp powerboat is for sale. Rogert said it may…more

Group criticizes shutdown of gulf fishery

The recreational season for the fishing of Gulf amberjack closed Oct. 24 because of overfishing, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. This announcement comes two years after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council shifted a significant section of recreational allocation of this species to the commercial sector. “There is no way to defend…more

Competing interests fight over Pacific marine reserves

The battle over how to establish marine reserves along the Pacific coast is just heating up. According to The New York Times, the competing interests of environmentalists, fishermen and seaside businesses became evident when a panel had to put off until next month its recommendation to the California Fish and Game Commission on its preference…more

Obama proposes raising SBA loan limits

The Marine Retailers Association of America applauded President Obama’s proposal Wednesday to raise the maximum size of SBA-backed loans to small businesses. “Marine retailers have been hard hit by the recession. MRAA has assisted the SBA in setting up workable loan programs for the marine industry,” said MRAA chairman Ed Lofgren. “We understand several dealers…more

Unemployment now at 9.8 percent

Unemployment rose in September to 9.8 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The economy lost 263,000 jobs last month, more than was forecast. The largest job losses were in construction, manufacturing, retail trade and government. The August unemployment rate was 9.7 percent. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number…more

Maryland kicks off coastal initiative

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the first four projects that will start the state’s new Coast-Smart Communities Initiative. Created in response to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change Action Plan, the initiative provides financial and technical assistance to coastal communities to address vulnerability to the impacts of rising sea levels and climate change. “With more…more

Obama seeks national policy for U.S. waterways

Obama Administration officials released the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Report for a 30-day public review and comment period. The report provides proposals for a comprehensive national approach to ensure accountability for the health of the nation’s oceans, coastal areas and Great Lakes. “This interim report represents a wide spectrum of views and considerations,…more

Company develops charting system for NOAA

Survice Engineering Co. of Belcamp, Md. recently completed a research effort for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop a new underwater charting system. The patent-pending system, ARGUS (Autonomous Remote Global Underwater Surveillance), harvests position and depth data from the chart plotters of under-way vessels to provide contour mapping of the sea floor. The…more

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Banks are balking at SBA floorplan loans

MRAA asks for some changes in the program, while the NMMA urges dealers to ‘educate’ lenders Industry leaders are hopeful the Small Business Administration’s dealer floorplan program can help resolve one of the biggest problems facing marine businesses, but they also acknowledge the program has some major kinks that need to be worked out. “We’re…more

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