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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

From the beautiful shores of Lake Erie to the waters of the great Ohio River, Ohio offers aquatic adventures for all ages to enjoy. Whether you are interested in a leisurely cruise, wakeboarding, a fishing charter, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding, Ohio is the perfect place to be on the water. With many opportunities come

by: Pat Brown, Boating Law Administrator at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

tags: Law & Politics, Boating 101, Lake Erie

Friday, May 31, 2019

Evinrude announced today that Tracy Crocker, president of the BRP Marine Group; Jeff Wasil, engineering manager in Emissions Testing, Certification and Regulatory Development for BRP Evinrude; and James Irwin, president of Alumacraft attended the American Boating Congress in Washington D.C. last week. “The American Boating

tags: Law & Politics

Friday, May 10, 2019

The National Vessel Registry Center, an online portal for Canadian vessel documentation, recently enhanced the security of the forms on their website. By offering new more-secure forms, they hope to help their customers feel even more confident in submitting their boat registry certificate applications and others. In the past,

tags: Company Expansions, Law & Politics, Software & Apps, Canada

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Boaters who’ve heard about no-sales-tax states, such as Delaware or Oregon, wonder if they could eliminate sales tax on a boat purchase if they simply buy a boat there. The answer is yes – but only if they use their boat in those states. Generally, boaters have to pay the sales tax in the state they use the boat, not where

tags: Law & Politics

Friday, April 26, 2019

Boating and environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan are cheering the New Jersey Public Utilities Commission’s decision to reject the proposed Nautilus wind farm off the Garden State, declaring that it “fails to demonstrate a net economic benefit to the state.” Organizations in Ohio and Michigan are engaged in a

by: Norm Schultz

tags: Lake Erie, Law & Politics, Environmental Impact

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

In an action that many are seeing as anti-environment, anti-consumer and a big nod to the ethanol lobby, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving toward permitting the sale of E15 (15% ethanol) fuels during the summer ozone season (June 1 to September 15). Currently available only in the colder months, E15’s

tags: Law & Politics, Environmental Impact

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Anglers fishing for lake trout in the waters of Grand Traverse Bay this year need to be aware of a new regulation now in effect. At yesterday's meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, the commission acted to reduce the daily possession limit of lake trout in these waters from two fish to one. The lake trout

tags: Environmental Impact, Fishing, Lake Michigan, Law & Politics

Friday, March 29, 2019

Twenty-three Ohio communities will receive a total of $572,366.87 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to support local marine patrol units. Provided by the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft, these assistance funds represent a continuing effort to keep Ohio waterways safe and enhance recreational boating

tags: Awards, Lake Erie, Law & Politics, Safety

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Act 451 of 1994) Part 413 has been amended with changes for boaters and anglers that take effect March 21, 2019. The changes are intended to strengthen protection for Michigan waterways against the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species. What boaters

tags: Environmental Impact, Fishing, Law & Politics, Dept of Natural Resources

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Michigan boaters may not be aware of the potential trouble on the water in regards to the recent legalization of marijuana. There are a growing number of states where cannabis is legal, giving many boaters the entirely false impression they can legally bring the substance aboard a boat or vessel. Possession of marijuana is a violation

tags: Law & Politics, Safety