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MRAA Identifies Legislative Priorities for 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  
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MRAA Identifies Legislative Priorities for 2015

 

  • "Take action to be an advocate and supporter of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund to ensure its continued vitality and success as a "user pays, public benefits” program, as it is one of the most important programs in the nation for fisheries management, conservation, boating safety, angler and boating access, and many other initiatives." 

  • MRAA is proud to be part of the Angling and Boating Alliance (ABA), an ad hoc coalition of national recreational boating, angling, outdoor recreation interests, conservation groups, and state boating safety and natural resources agencies committed to the sustainable future of the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund.

  • "Actions to closely monitor and support favorable use of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for the dredging of America’s small boat harbors." 

  • We plan to work closely with industry partners and the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that the implementation of this legislation from the 113th Congress benefits the average American boater, just as it does enormous commercial harbors.

  • "Actions to support reform of the Renewable Fuels Standard to eliminate the damaging impact of corn ethanol on millions of America’s marine and other small engines by repealing the mandate for continually increasing the quantity of ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supplies."

  • MRAA is actively involved in a multi-industry coalition dedicated to reforming the renewable fuels standard. We’ve all seen the damage than corn-based ethanol does to marine engines, and we’re devoted to making sure that ethanol-free gasoline is readily available for boaters everywhere.

  • "Take action to be an advocate and supporter of a revision of Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act during its reauthorization process, calling for more time and latitude for US F&WS to rebuild overfished stocks using reliable scientific research and data."

  • We stand for sound, logic-based conservation measures that don’t punish recreational boaters with arbitrary catch limits.

  • "Support action that helps stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), prevents the introduction of new AIS, and helps eradicate AIS, as water quality and fisheries are vitally important to the survival of the marine industry in the U.S.”

  • In order to stop aquatic invasive species from spreading throughout the nation, we are ready to support action that can effectively eradicate AIS without hindering access for boaters.

  • "Actions to support local and state marine trades associations, where and when requested, in their efforts to gain favorable boating legislation and regulations." 

  • We are here to ensure success of marine retailers around the country. If you feel that we can be of assistance regarding a local, state or federal issue affecting you, please feel free to contact MRAA.