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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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Michigan Department of Natural Resources The multi-agency Buffalo Reef Task Force is moving forward on several fronts in its efforts to protect the underwater natural reef off the Keweenaw Peninsula from being smothered by migrating copper mine tailings. The problem was created roughly a century ago, when dark-colored mine tailings,

by: JOHN PEPIN

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has distributed over $600,000 to families impacted by the partial government shutdown that ended January 25. Coast Guard families across the country – from Alaska to

tags: Charity, Law & Politics

Friday, February 15, 2019

If you’re planning to fish for yellow perch this spring, keep in mind that there’s a new daily possession limit – 25 fish, reduced from 50 – starting April 1 on nearly all state waters. Exceptions include: Lake Erie, which will retain a 50-fish daily limit. Lake Gogebic in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties,

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently received approval from the State Controlling Board to begin funding nearly $10 million in projects aimed toward helping to keep dredged material out of Lake Erie. These projects are part of Ohio’s “Healthy Lake Erie

tags: Environmental Impact, Lake Erie, Law & Politics

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently received approval from the State Controlling Board to begin funding nearly $10 million in projects aimed toward helping to keep dredged material out of Lake Erie. These projects are part of Ohio’s “Healthy Lake Erie

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

With President Trump’s December 31 signing of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), saltwater recreational anglers just got a big leg up when it comes to the federal management of the nation’s fish stocks. “The Modern Fish Act is a big step forward in recognizing the value

tags: Beyond the Lakes, Fishing, Law & Politics

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A sign of the times, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that it’s common for recreational boaters today to use cellphones to call during a boating emergency. While Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges every vessel to have a working VHF radio with DSC (digital selective calling), the nation’s recreational

tags: Law & Politics, Safety

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

With the federal government shutdown now in its fourth week, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is supporting bipartisan legislation to immediately restore pay for U.S. Coast Guard members. S. 21, “Pay Our Coast Guard Act,” recently introduced in the Senate by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), and its companion

by: Boat Owners Association of The United States

tags: Law & Politics

Monday, January 14, 2019

The 2019 edition of the Watercraft Inspection Program Leader educational webinar series developed by New York Sea Grant and featuring coastal science and AIS specialists begins on January 17 and will connect participants from multiple states. Four sessions in the webinar series will address issues associated with recreational boating

tags: Education, Environmental Impact, Law & Politics

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