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Four boatbuilders join fishing advocacy group

The Center for Coastal Conservation announced that Grady-White Boats, Maverick Boats, Regulator Boats and Sea Hunt Boats have joined as sponsors.

“We are incredibly grateful and pleased to have the support of these boatbuilder partners,” Center for Coastal Conservation president Jeff Angers said in a statement. “All four share our vision for the future of recreational fishing and boating, and their presence within our organization will serve to strengthen our abilities to advance federal public policy that benefits the entire fishing and boating community.”

In addition to participating as a corporate sponsor, Maverick president and CEO Scott Deal was elected to the center’s board of directors.

“Yamaha Marine Group really got the ball rolling in January when they announced their platinum sponsorship of the center,” Deal said. “Thanks to those pioneering efforts, the Center for Coastal Conservation is uniquely positioned to make real progress with the Congress in stewarding marine fishery resources. We are proud to step up our support for this organization as we work together to preserve and improve recreational fishing and boating.”

The center is a coalition of advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating. It is dedicated to promoting sound conservation and wise use of ocean resources and supports federal legislators through its political action committee, Center PAC.

The organization is non-partisan and focuses on having an impact in the national political arena, principally Congress and federal regulatory agencies, to promote a quality recreational fishery and improve angling and boating access.

America’s 11 million marine recreational fishermen generate more than $70 billion in economic output, supporting more than 450,000 jobs. The center’s membership includes individuals and the major players in marine conservation and recreational boating and fishing.

Other corporate partners include AFTCO, Brunswick, Costa, Pure Fishing, Shimano and Yamaha.

Non-profit members include the American Sportfishing Association, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the International Game Fish Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

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