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On Monday, the leading organizations representing recreational fishing and boating in the United States, including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), urged the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to pause its proposed North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule, citing numerous significant flaws with the proposal. The proposed rule would broaden the current 10-knot (11.5 mph) speed restriction to include vessels 35 feet and larger (down from 65 feet); expand the go-slow zones from discrete calving areas to essentially the…

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On August 17, Nancy Koep, a long-time member of the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA), hosted a fishing seminar to for young anglers as part of the Kids Safety Day put on by the Starbuck, Minnesota Police Department. The event was held at the Minnewaska Area High School and had 4 groups of kids of that of youngsters who Nancy worked with for 45 minutes at a time. Each group of kids got to learn a variety of information about…

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National Safe Boating Week arrives May 21–27 with an annual reminder for boaters to champion recreational boating safety all summer long. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water suggests that boat owners need to know about three recent U.S. Coast Guard regulations that have changed, what’s needed to be carried aboard, and how a vessel is to be operated at higher speeds. 1. Fire extinguishers: As of April 20, the USCG enacted a regulation allowing them enforce fire extinguishers having a…

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Family Boating

What a difference a few months makes. In mid-March, many of the nation’s outdoor recreational activities were shut down due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. Authorities in many hard-hit states like Washington, Michigan, New York and Maryland were taking no chances and prohibited most recreational boating within their borders. Now that we’re edging into summer, boating in all 50 states has opened up again. And if ever we needed boating in our lives, now’s the time. For…

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