Action Needed: NOAA Government Regulations Pose Setbacks to Fishing and Boating

Action Needed: NOAA Government Regulations Pose Setbacks to Fishing and Boating

October 28, 2022

In partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association, we’re asking our friends, colleagues, and customers to submit comment to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding a new rule that it has proposed. Like many government regulations, it may be well-intentioned, but it poses numerous setbacks to recreational fishing and boating. Worse yet, if it is implemented, those setbacks will have unintended consequences for the public.

Although the deadline to submit comment is coming up quickly — Monday, October 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET — it's easy and quick to submit comments. Simply visit the following link with Boating United.

More Information About New Proposed Rules from NOAA

Among the impacts of this new proposed rule from NOAA, dubbed the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule, boaters should be aware that it would:

  • Broaden the current 10-knot speed restriction to include vessels 35 feet and larger (down from 65 feet)
  • Expand the go-slow zones to include virtually the entire Atlantic Coast, plus 90 miles from shore in some areas
  • Extend these zone restrictions as long as seven months a year

noaa-logo-2022-national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-association-us-department-of-commerce-federal-government-regulationFor vessels, this drastically redefines which boats would have to abide by NOAA speed restrictions; 35 foot vessels are not large by the standards of ocean-vessels. Additionally, the rule would now apply to a much larger geography throughout much more of the calendar year.

“NOAA’s proposed rule severely underestimates the financial impacts on the recreational fishing and boating industry, the largest contributing sector to America’s $689 billion outdoor recreation economy,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “NOAA must pause implementation of its rule and incorporate key stakeholder feedback and data. Without serious revisions, the economic health of coastal communities, small marine business – and those businesses who rely on a robust fishing and boating economy – as well as thousands of jobs along the East Coast are at risk.”

For additional information about this proposed rule from NOAA, please visit the NMMA policy page here.

Make Sure to Submit Comments by October 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET

We’re up against a quick deadline on this, but submitting comments can be done in just a couple minutes. Once you’ve done that, we ask that you would also consider using the link to this blog to share via social media and email, reaching out to anyone you know who would help us prevent the consequences of government overreach.