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Weekly 5: Georgia boating safety bill expected this week

Christopher Gerber (CGerber@BoatingIndustry.com)
January 15, 2013
Filed under Weekly 5

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.

1. Georgia boating safety bill expected this week

A comprehensive proposal for increased boater safety training and tougher boating-under-the-influence laws is expected to be introduced this week in Georgia’s state legislature.

The proposed law comes in the wake of several high-profile accidents on Georgia lakes last year. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has said he will sign the law if it passes.

2. Minnesota could unleash “Judas fish” to combat invasive species

Minnesota researchers are using so-called “Judas fish” to remove unwanted fish from a lake near the Twin Cities.

The new Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota will use carp implanted with tracking devices to locate common carp and remove them from the lake in Eden Prairie, Minn. Such animals are called Judas animals because they lead researchers to difficult-to-find groups of animals and “betray” them by revealing their location.

The researchers say the method could be used against invasive species such as Asian Carp as well.

3. Report: 11 percent growth in fishing

A new report from the American Sportfishing Association says the number of anglers has increased 11 percent over the past five years and that fishing has an economic impact of $115 billion a year.

According to the ASA, there are 60 million anglers in the United States, of which 46 million are estimated to fish in a given year.

4. Small business optimism at historic lows

Small business owner confidence improved slightly from November, but is still at one of its lowest points, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg blamed the debate over the fiscal cliff for keeping optimism down.

5. 10 questions to ask before hiring a social media consultant

With everything you’ve got going on in your business, hiring an outside consultant to run your social media can make a lot of sense. You have to make sure you’ve got the right person on board, though. Entrepreneur has 10 questions you should ask prospective consultants before you close the deal.

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