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What's New in Boating

Apr 25 2013

The Suffolk County Legislature recently passed a law which requires all residents 18 and older operating most recreational boats to take an approved boater safety course, pass an exam and carry a boating safety certificate while boating in Suffolk County.  This is an additional county requirement on top of existing NY State Boater education laws, which remain in force.  Suffolk County Boaters need to be certified by November 6th, 2013

Read more: Boating in Suffolk County
Apr 07 2013

 photo FuelingupinNewburge.jpgWe wrote an article last fall on the effects from superstorm Sandy on the boating industry.  Since then there have been many articles written on the impact on the recreational boating lifestyle and as we approach boating season on  Long Island and NYC, we were wondering what it will be like this season.  I had a conversation last week with a couple of boaters on the South Shore of Long Island,

Read more: Follow up on Sandy
Apr 07 2013

Below is an article by Rick Mendez,  Rick is a USCG licensed captain,  He runs NY Boat School, and teaches the NYS Boating Safety Class as well as hands on training. 

I have been a boating educator for 5 years and every time I get behind the helm with a student or by myself, I seem to always learn something new and come away with an experience that I can share with other students. There are many variables in the marine environment and it is impossible to control or predict every situation. That being said ... I have respect for mother nature.

Read more: Thoughts on Docking
Mar 30 2013
 

March 28, 2013:

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that the Senate has passed the portion of the State Budget that permanently eliminates the Saltwater Fishing License Fee.

 

"The elimination of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee was one of many important priorities for me since taking office in 2011," said Senator Zeldin. "The three year moratorium we secured in the 2011-2012 budget was a big victory for all Long Islanders, but there is no better to build on that success than to permanently eliminate the fee in this year's budget. I am very grateful that Governor Cuomo included the elimination of this fee in his 30 Day Executive Budget Amendment."

 

Earlier this year, Senator Zeldin and Assemblyman Thiele introduced legislation to permanently eliminate the Salt Water Fishing License Fee (S3709/A4838). The elimination of the Fee is part of a larger budget bill (S.2608-D) that also simplifies, consolidates and reduces the prices of hunting and other fishing licenses.

"I would like to thank not only my Senate colleagues who have worked with me on this goal, but I would also like to thank the thousands of fishermen, including the Recreational Fishing Alliance, NY Sportfishing Federation and Captree Boatmen's Association, who called, wrote, faxed and signed our petition," continued Senator Zeldin. "I also commend Assemblyman Fred Thiele who took the lead in the State Assembly to ensure that the fee was eliminated in this year's budget."

 

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-D-WF, Sag Harbor) stated, "Fishing in our local oceans, and bays is considered a birth right by our residents that goes back to colonial times. Recreational fishing is a critical sector in New York State's economy. Recreational marine fishing in New York creates $812 million in sales, directly supports 5,365 jobs, provides $424 million in value-added economic impact, and $126 million in tax revenue, according to a 2006 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) study. Permanent repeal of the saltwater fishing license eliminates this unnecessary burden on this important economic engine as we recover from the worst recession in decades. This is a major victory for Long Island."

 

"Recreational and commercial saltwater fishing is one of the many great treasures of Long Island," concluded Senator Zeldin. "It's part of our history, and for many, it's a primary reason why we live here. This is a big win for Long Island's saltwater fishermen."

 

Senator Zeldin will be hosting an event with local saltwater fishermen to commemorate the elimination of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee at the start of the upcoming 2013 fishing seasons.

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