Great Lakes group critical of National Ocean Council plan

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In written comments to the National Ocean Council on its Draft Implementation Plan, the Great Lakes Boating Federation pointed out that recreational boaters and sportfishermen were omitted from the discussion.

“This is totally unacceptable for a plan that proposes joint actions for protecting and preserving our nation's oceans, coasts and the Great Lakes. GLBF recommends that the NOC, which prepared the Draft Implementation Plan, address this omission and actively seek members from the boating and sportfishing community to provide needed input,” the federation said.

The Great Lakes Boating Federation noted that recreational boating and sportfishermen represent more than 12 million registered boaters, including an estimated 4.3 million in the Great Lakes alone, with an estimated annual economic impact of $36 billion, including an estimated $9 billion from the Great Lakes.

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