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Quick Hits: May 18, 2020

The American Sportfishing Association announced that $300 million has been allocated via the CARES Act for fisheries in coastal states. According to the ASA, each state is responsible for developing spending plans that cohere with the CARES Act. “It is important for coastal and marine sportfishing businesses to know that they may be eligible for these funds,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs at the ASA, in a statement. “Every bit of relief funding can help businesses survive.” ASA will continue to publish the spending plans of each state as they are available. 

The owner of theme restaurant Rainforest Café, Steven Schussler, has lost a lawsuit against the city of Minnetonka Beach, Minn. over a municipal dock near his family’s property. The suit alleges that the size and angle of the city’s dock both prevents the city from building its own dock and blocks access to deeper water. Schussler told the Star Tribune that he’s mulling appealing the case. The court ruling can be read here

Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville, Fla., promoted Mark Vickers to the new position of general manager for its three locations in Julington Creek, Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine. Vickers was a member for five years before joining Freedom Boat Club as a membership executive in January 2020, according to the company



Open for Business

Despite drought conditions in the western United States, boating remains popular on Lake Mead and elsewhere.


Crude Weakens and Gas Prices Ease

West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell below $100 per barrel yesterday, while gasoline and diesel prices have slipped from their June highs.


RFA Hires Executive Director

Robert Nixon brings fishing-policy expertise and lobbying experience to the group’s efforts to preserve anglers’ rights.


2022 Women in the Industry Summit, Leadership Panel, Awards Ceremony & Reception



Seabins Coming to Lake Erie

The devices, deployed as part of a pilot program, skim and collect debris from the water, including microplastics. Meanwhile, MBIA announces scholarship funds.


Boatsetter Reports Uptick in Rentals

The on-water experience company has seen triple-digit growth in pontoon and party-boat rentals, as well as fishing and yacht charters.


Smartgyro Signs Distributors, Hires Sales Manager

The company said the three U.S. distributors, working with Bob Walker, will help expand its dealer network and brand recognition.


The Upside of a Downturn

Economic challenges should push you to develop a strategy that helps you weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side.