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USA. RBFF boasts record attendance at State Marketing Workshop

45 state agencies converge in Phoenix to discuss integrated marketing efforts to increase fishing license sales

The Recreational Boating Fishing Foundation (RBFF) hosted a record 45 state fish and wildlife agencies at its 2011 State Marketing Workshop held December 6 – 8, 2011 in Phoenix, Ariz. The Workshop focused on the importance of marketing and communicating with anglers, and implementing integrated marketing efforts to increase fishing license sales. Established in 2008 to bring together participants from RBFF’s State Fishing License Marketing Program, the Workshop was expanded to include all 50 states in 2010.

“Convening state agencies at the State Marketing Workshop and getting them to engage in a dialogue about marketing efforts is critical,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We’re working to advance these state agency partnerships in an effort to increase fishing license sales and boat registrations nationwide, which in turn, generates funds needed for state conservation projects.”

Workshop participants took part in discussion around the 2011 program results and direction for 2012. Roundtable discussions also facilitated important dialogue about ways to better engage and retain anglers using e-mail and social media. Participants heard from RBFF staff and industry experts about angler engagement and retention strategies, and activities that compete for anglers’ time. Additionally, keynote speaker John Seabreeze, discussed the parallels between fishing/boating and golf, and shared results from successful consumer acquisition and retention programs in the golf industry that can be applied to fishing.

“I want to thank all of the state agencies represented at the meeting and our Workshop sponsors, who together contribute to the success of the event and our efforts to increase participation in fishing and boating overall. We hope to have all 50 states at next year’s Workshop,” added Peterson.

RBFF thanks the following companies for their sponsorship: Presenting sponsor – Pure Fishing; Additional sponsors – Active Network, American Sportfishing Association, Field Stream, National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Outdoor Channel and Southwick Associates.

Launched in March 2008, RBFF’s State Fishing License Marketing Program was developed to increase participation in the sport and generate awareness of the connection between fishing license sales and conservation efforts. To date, 34 state partners have sold more than one million fishing licenses through the State Fishing License Marketing Program.

About RBFF
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources.  RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 December 2011 )

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South Korean Killed in Clash with Chinese Fishing Boat

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China is willing to closely coordinate with South Korea on this and work hard to deal with it appropriately,” Liu told a news briefing. “We also hope the South Korean side can properly protect the legitimate rights of Chinese fishermen and treat them in a humane way.”

“We are willing to work with South Korea to promote the continued healthy development of fishing cooperation between the two sides.”

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador.

South Korea last month vowed a crackdown on illegal fishing by Chinese fishing boats in its EEZ.

Some 2,600 Chinese fishing boats have been caught illegally fishing in the South Korean EEZ since 2006 and nearly 800 Chinese fishermen have been arrested, Yonhap reported.

In the first 11 months of this year, some 440 Chinese fishing boats were caught illegally fishing in South Korean waters, up 46 percent from a year earlier, it said.

(Reporting by Jack Kim in Seoul and Ben Blanchard in Beijing.; Writing by Jeremy Laurence. Editing by Ron Popeski)

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Boat sales show improvement in November

Boat sales show improvement in November

Posted on 22 December 2011

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Sales of aluminum fishing boats began to climb again in November and the largest category of fiberglass boats also saw a gain as the industry’s main powerboat segments showed 1.5 percent growth for the month.

Sales of fishing boats rose 5.6 percent in November, to 787 boats, compared with the same month a year earlier, and sales in the high-volume 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass segment were up 3.5 percent, to 1,047 boats, according to figures compiled by Aarn Rosen, national marine sales manager at Statistical Surveys Inc.

Together the two categories helped to lift total sales in the main powerboat segments to 2,458 boats during what is traditionally the second-lowest month for volume in the industry. November sales typically represent 2 to 2.7 percent of the year’s total retail activity; December is typically the slowest month of the year.

Rosen said the most significant news in the November report was that the main powerboat segments, which consist of two aluminum categories, plus fiberglass boats in five segments that range from 11 to 99 feet, firmed up. Even though the development occurred at a slow time of the year, he said, “It’s still a good sign that the market is really beginning to settle.”

Sales of jet boats rose in November, climbing 10.7 percent, to 31, and sales of ski boats were flat at 79 boats, “which should give them better confidence in their market going forward,” Rosen said.

Aluminum pontoon boat sales, which have helped to buoy the industry amid a lengthy slump in fiberglass sales, were 2.4 percent lower in November, at 247 boats.

Total industry sales fell 1.9 percent for the month, to 3,394 boats.

The sales information is based on registration data from 26 early-reporting states, or about 62 percent of the nation’s boat market. Reports of sales of documented vessels were incomplete because of data entry delays at the Coast Guard.

Sales of all fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 2.6 percent for the month, from 1,999 units to 1,948, and sales in the core 14- to 30-foot fiberglass segment fell 2.9 percent, to 301 boats. Sales of personal watercraft fell 4.3 percent, to 309 units.

Sailboat sales fell 41 percent, to 46 boats.

Click here for November sales figures.

— Jack Atzinger

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Bay Area Tradewinds Sailing School and Club Announces They Have Gone Electric

Tradewinds Sailing School and Club in Richmond successfully converted three fleet boats from diesel to electric engines.

Richmond, CA (PRWEB) December 22, 2011

After its first two electric boats proved successful, popular, environmentally friendly and in need of less maintenance, Bay Area Tradewinds Sailing School and Club, located at 2580 Spinnaker Way in Richmond, converted a third fleet boat from a diesel engine to an all-electric motor. The third boat is expected to go into service in January 2012.

“Our customers say that they love the quiet motors, the cleanliness of the boat without diesel, oil and exhaust smells, and the simplicity of the electric motor to prepare and check out,” Tradewinds owner and operator Brandy Kepner said.

Electric-motor boats have no fuel of any type on board. Instead, they have electric batteries and are recharged at the dock overnight. Advanced Marine Electric Propulsion supplied the sailing club with the motors and controllers. The boats are cost effective and require near zero maintenance – there are no fuel filters, oil filters, belts, pulleys and water pumps; and the cost of conversion from diesel to electric is less than a new diesel engine.

The new electric boats are extremely popular in the club; and in most cases, they are reserved and used twice as much as diesel boats. Sailors also enjoy them because motoring them is almost as silent and peaceful as sailing them.

For more information on its electric boats or any Tradewinds Sailing School and Club services, call 510-232-7999, view Tradewinds on the web at or visit the club at 2580 Spinnaker Way, Richmond, CA 94804.

About Tradewinds Sailing School and Club

Established in 1962, Tradewinds Sailing School and Club is a family owned and operated business in the Sacramento and Bay areas that offers a full range of American Sailing Association courses from Basic Keelboat to Offshore Passage Making. It also offers its own specialty sailing lessons like Advanced Motoring and Docking, and Advanced Anchoring. It features an unlimited-sailing membership, sailboat rentals and charters. For less than a typical Bay Area monthly slip rent, clients can sail as much as they like on the club’s fleet of well-maintained boats.


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Marine vendors needed for boat show and flea market

The 38th annual Stuart Boat Show scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 13-15 is seeking vendors.

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast’s marquee affair is planned to take place along Dixie Highway on the northwest end of the Old Roosevelt Bridge.

In-water slips and displays will again be at the three marinas along that stretch of road — Stuart Yacht, Allied Marine and HMY Yacht Sales.

Last year, an estimated 15,000 boating enthusiasts attended the show.

For availability of spaces and prices call AllSports Productions at 305-868-9224.

PSL Anglers Flea Market

The Port St. Lucie Anglers Club Nautical Flea Market scheduled for Jan. 14 is seeking vendors to sell used fishing tackle, boating equipment and more.

The market will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 241 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

Prices for display spaces are $15 for PSL Anglers Club and Botanical Garden Club members with $10 for additional spaces.Non-club members can rent spaces for $25 and $15 for additional space.

For more information or to download forms visit or call 772-233-8884.

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Japan arrests China boat captain for illegal fishing

Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:54am GMT

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s coastguard said on Tuesday it had arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing boat operating illegally in territorial waters, but Beijing indicated it did not expect a flare-up over the case ahead of visit by the Japanese prime minister.

Ties between the two countries deteriorated sharply last year following the detention of the captain of a Chinese trawler that collided with Japanese patrol boats near disputed islets in the East China Sea.

The latest arrest also comes as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is scheduled to visit Beijing for a bilateral summit on December25-26. But the Chinese foreign ministry indicated that it saw no cause for a diplomatic flare-up.

“We’re now investigating the situation,” ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Liu called it an “ordinary” case and said: “China hopes that the Japanese side will protect the legitimate rights of the Chinese captain and handle this matter appropriately.”

Japan’s coastguard said it seized early on Tuesday a 130-ton Chinese boat about 87 km (54 miles) from an island off Nagasaki Prefecture in southern Japan, and arrested the captain, Zhong Jinyin, 39.

The boat, with the captain and 10 sailors on board, tried to flee when it was found operating near the island late on Monday evening, ignoring a Japanese patrol boat’s order to stop, the coastguard said.

It was captured at around 5:00 a.m. (2000 GMT Monday). There were no reports of injury.

Chinese fishing boats are frequently caught fishing in South Korean waters, sometimes leading to violent clashes with South Korean maritime police.

Last week, a South Korean coastguard was stabbed to death by a Chinese fisherman in an operation to apprehend a Chinese vessel operating illegally near South Korean waters, fuelling anger among Koreans.

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Additional reporting by Chris Buckley in Beijing Editing by Joseph Radford and Ed Lane)

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Longtime sailing enthusiast remembered

Ella Mary Thorpe, a longtime Gig Harbor resident, an active volunteer and sailing enthusiast, died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 8. She was 96.

Thorpe was one of the founders of the Tacoma Women’s Sailing Association, which still uses her sailboat, the “Air Apprentice” for classes. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Bob Thorpe, who died in February.

“She did so many things,” said Diana Hilton, a close friend and sailing instructor. “She was always just a wonderful person to be around. How lucky I am to be able to be as close as we were.”

Ella Mary had a wall covered with winning racing plaques. She and Bob first owned and sailed the “Pirouette,” T-Bird hull No. 2, which is now on display at the Gig Harbor BoatShop at Eddon Boatyard.

“She was a cheerleader of all the women stepping forward to try the sport she loved and learn to handle their boats along the way,” said Terry Smith, a close family friend.

Ella Mary was undefeated in eight series of the T-Bird class competition in the Northwest during the 1971-72 season, said her grandson, John Evans.

“This prompted an invitation to the International Thunderbird Competition on the Great Lakes out of Ontario,” he said. “And she was the skipper. This was incredible for a woman in those days.”

Evans said his grandparents’ foundation affected every generation on both sides of the family.

“The moral fiber of these people is very rare,” he said. “They were a rare breed of people, even in their own time.”

A memorial service will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 27, with a reception before the service at 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way in Gig Harbor.

The family requests that any gifts in Ella Mary’s name be donated to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington or the Gig Harbor Boys Girls Club.

Lifestyles Coordinator and reporter Susan Schell can be reached at 253-853-9240 or by email at

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Bluewater Boats expands line-up, appoints new director

Mike Carrigan Sr., Paul Skilowitz, Bluewater Boats

December 21, 2011
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FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Bluewater Boats has recruited industry veteran Mike Carrigan Sr. to serve as the company’s new Sales and Marketing Director, it reported in a statement on Monday. The appointment of Carrigan was announced in conjunction with the company’s move into the inshore fishing boat market.

Mike Carrigan Sr. joins Bluewater with almost 50 years of experience in the marine industry, including 21 years with Pro-Line boats. At Pro-Line, Carrigan was sales manager for the Southeast, Pacific Coast and Great Lakes regions, helping the company grow to become the largest volume saltwater fishing boat brand in the industry, according to Bluewater.

Bluewater President and CEO Paul Skilowitz said in a release that Carrigan’s experience will help the company grow as it expands into new markets.

“Mike’s lifetime of experience in the industry, at both the manufacturing and retail levels, will significantly enhance our efforts as we expand our focus and grow our business,” he commented. “He is well known and well liked among dealers and retail customers, he intuitively understands our market, and we’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

The boat builder will also now be targeting the inshore fishing market with a new line of “Flats n’ Bay” models. The new line-up will include 18-foot models that will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show in February and 21- to 23-foot models that are due out in later in 2012.

“The expansion into inshore is to grow our business, and to offer more opportunity to our retail marketing partners. There’s four new size models, two variations of each, thus eight new models because the variations are tooling changes, not just different options and the like, but actual design changes,” Carrigan said.

Carrigan said that despite the current economic conditions, Bluewater believes that opening into new markets will bring success in 2012 for Bluewater, which sees itself as more of the custom builder than a production boat builder.

“We fully intend to grow, and will do what we feel we should to that end,” he said. “We think broadening our product into smaller inshore models will open more doors, more opportunity.

“Our hopes for 2012 is to continue on the upbeat path we find ourselves on and to expand our customer base by offering both offshore and inshore product lines. We’re not looking for any windfall. We’re pretty pragmatic as to our expectations.”

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