Boating News Briefs – January 2010

America’s Cup Races Start Feb. 8. Maybe

America’s Cup sailing competition between America’s BMW-Oracle, the challenger and Europe’s Alinghi is supposed to start Feb. 8 in Spain. But will it? The U.S. team may file a protest claiming the European boat has sails made in the U.S.A., which is against the rules.  (Detroit Free-Press)

Census report: 17 million boat owners

The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are almost 17 million boat owners who spend $37 billion a year on boats. (Trade Only Today)

Angler protest Feb. 24 at US Capitol

Organizations representing recreational and commercial fishers have organized a “United We Fish” march on the U.S. Capitol Feb. 24 to protest new bans on fishing for red snapper, grouper, amberjack, sea bass and other saltwater fishes. Jim Donofrio of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, one of he leaders, said fishery science is weak and management is broken. Organizers want legislators to address the unintended, negative impact of the Maghuson Stevens Conservation and Management Act, the federal fisheries law. (Recreational Fishing Alliance)

Feds Want to Contact Salt Anglers

U.S. fishery managers are building a contact list of saltwater anglers so they can ask them what and how many fish they are catching. The goal of the National Saltwater Angler Registry is to help get angler information so fishery managers can better assess fish stocks, measure economic impact, and write regulations.  Saltwater anglers in Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virginia or the U.S. Virgin Islands need to register by phone, 888-674-7411, or online by clicking on Angler Registry at countmyfish.noaa.gov (Houma Daily Comet)

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