Quick Hits: August 24, 2020

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Tropical storm Marco continues to weaken as it approaches Louisiana, but the National Hurricane Center predicted tropical storm Laura will strengthen as is it moves towards the Gulf. Storm surge watches from Marco were discontinued this morning at 9 a.m., according to the NHS. However, a tropical storm warning from Laura is in effect for parts of Cuba, the Florida Keys from Craig Key to Key West, and the Dry Tortugas, the NHS said in an 8 a.m. update. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is expected, and Laura is forecast to become a hurricane by early Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions are also expected within the warning area in the middle and lower Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas this afternoon and tonight.

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the single largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands. Bernhardt opened over 850 hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres at 147 national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. “On the heels of President Trump signing the most significant conservation and recreation funding in US history, providing nearly $20 billion over the next 10 years to fix and conserve the American people’s public lands, the Trump Administration has now made an additional 2.3 million acres accessible to new hunting and fishing opportunities,” said Bernhardt in a statement, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The California Senate Appropriations Committee shelved a bill that would protect 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030. The recreational marine industry worried that language in AB-3030 was too vague and would impose arbitrary restrictions on boating and fishing. The legislation is expected to be held for the rest of 2020 legislative season that ends Aug. 31. A coalition of recreational boating and fishing groups sought to amend the bill to add clarity, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.


Lowrance Unveils New Sonar and Fishfinder Series

The ActiveTarget Live Sonar views show high-resolution images of fish movements in real time and in greater detail.

Oyster Looks to Expand its Workforce

The U.K. builder continues its recruiting drive for both experienced craftsmen and apprentices.

Finance Provider Goes Digital

Elite Recreational Finance has debuted a new tool to help dealers secure financing and close transactions remotely.

Quick Hits: December 4, 2020

SF Marina rebuilds New England marina; and BoatUS launches recast and recycle contest.

Fusion Unveils Wake Tower Speakers to Premium Signature Series 3 Collection

The new wake speakers are the first to feature five-color LED lighting.

Boot Düsseldorf 2021 Postponed Until Late April

With Covid-19 numbers remaining high across the EU, organizers say the event cannot be held in January.

Galati Goes Virtual

The yacht dealer has unveiled a virtual shopping tool that will help match customers with vessels as most boat shows are cancelled or moved online in the pandemic.

Quick Hits: December 3, 2020

Walter Meloon inducted into Wakeboarding Hall of Fame, and AMI announces virtual conference.