The BoatUS National Advisory Council, a panel of national boating leaders who serve as a sounding board for BoatUS, met end of year 2016 in St. Simons Island, GA, to review key issues affecting recreational boating. Grady-White President Kris Carroll is a member of the panel.
Federal level issues included the government’s ethanol fuel mandate, reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act in support of saltwater recreational fisheries, runoff related algal bloom in the Florida Everglades, and recreational fishing policy in marine protected areas. Regarding boating safety, GPS system vulnerability and new emergency signaling devices were discussed, in addition to changes in vessel capacity plates. State anchoring polices, boater education programs, and government policy on antifouling paints also were also topics of discussion.
BoatUS, the Boat Owners Association of the United States, is an association of boat owners offering various services supporting recreational boat and trailer towing activities.
Photo courtesy of BoatUS. Kris Carroll, front row/second on the right, and BoatUS Foundation officials
and members of the BoatUS National Advisory Council, attended the council 2016 annual meeting in St. Simons Island, GA.