With heavy traffic on waterways this Memorial Day weekend, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will be providing courtesy boat inspections at various public landings across the state. These efforts come with new boating laws being enforced.
Common sense and common cause: Peeler reflects on the boating and fishing industries’ success in South Carolina
If you know Sen. Harvey Peeler (R-Cherokee), then you know his native language is Gaffnese, one filled with culture and common sense. The same holds true for boating and fishing, two of the state’s top industries and favorite pastimes.
For a guy who grew up on the coast of South Carolina and began casting lines and captaining boats at a young age, fishing and boating are a natural way of life for Sen. Stephen Goldfinch (R – Georgetown).
South Carolina’s senators and congressmen co-signed a letter along with colleagues from the southeast asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to suspend consideration of area closures in the South Atlantic until data from the ongoing South Atlantic Great Red Snapper Count can be integrated into management decisions.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, people around the state hit the water in record numbers to free themselves from various confines and indulge in the state’s growing outdoor recreation industry and natural beauty. One of those South Carolinians was avid outdoorsman and state legislator Rep. Russell Ott (D-Orangeburg). “If you are looking for a positive to come out of the pandemic, it would certainly be that people were able to get on the water and realize the natural beauty our state has to offer,” said Ott.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo recently announced new appointments to the Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMC), including South Carolina’s Gary Borland, who will serve on the South Atlantic Council. Each fishery management council seat includes nominations from each state’s governor for the Secretary’s consideration.
In the famous 1984 film Ghost Busters, the notable theme song has the catchy line “Who you gonna call?” For automotive dealers in South Carolina, the force would be the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, often referred to as SCADA. As a longtime car dealer in Beaufort, South Carolina, Chris Butler relied heavily on the assistance and advocacy of the industry-based trade association. However, in 2001, when he transitioned into the boating industry, Butler discovered that though it was a big industry, its voice was small.
With heavy traffic on waterways this Independence Day weekend, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will be providing courtesy boat inspections at various public landings across the state.
For Sen. Chip Campsen (R-Isle of Palms), boating and fishing are engraved in his family’s heritage for generations, making him an outspoken advocate for two of the state’s top industries.
For automotive dealer Chris Butler, the perfect cast was in 2001, when he and his brother, Steward, bought Boat Busters in Beaufort and transformed it into Butler Marine.
Though they were boat owners, they had never worked in the boating industry. However, with a sales and service-driven attitude, the opportunity and risk excited them. “We both felt we could learn a new industry,” said Butler.
As a founding member and former chairman of the South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, the president of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, and a key leader in the launch of the South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance, White has pushed for industry-led legislation in the SC House and across the country. “The industry in our state has come a long way, but we still have a long way to go,” said White.
The Carolina’s largest and longest running bass fishing trail, the Carolina Anglers Team Trail (CATT), has joined the South Carolina Boating & Fishing Alliance as a founding member.
The tournament organization, founded in 1997, has between 2,200-3,000 participants each year across its 270 tournaments that are held on lakes and waterways in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Nearly every Christian has a passage of scripture that serves as a guiding truth in their life. For conservative environmental lawyer, South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance founding member, and South Carolina Floodwater Commission Chairman Dr. Tom Mullikin, one of those verses is Genesis 2:15, “And the Lord God took man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”