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TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020

BOATING
Check out these reminders on how to boat safely as the coronavirus spreads across the nation.
CONSERVATION
Cancellations and postponements of spring stream cleanups are among the many impacts the coronavirus is having on environmental stewardship activities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
ENDANGERED SPECIES
The recovery plan was published in 2009 and recommends specific steps to recover the population, focusing on (1) educating the public to minimize human interactions with sawfish and any associated injury and mortality, (2) protecting and/or restoring important sawfish habitats, and (3) ensuring sawfish abundance and distribution increase.

FISHERIES
The workshop, originally scheduled for April, will convene from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on Wednesday July 8 and Thursday July 9, 2020 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel located at 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607.
INDUSTRY
Anglers Hank Cherry Jr., Todd Auten and Stetson Blaylock — all Garmin-equipped professionals — finished first, second and third, respectively, Sunday, March 8 at the 50th annual Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Ala.
Life Industries Corporation, manufacturer of BoatLIFE, RVbyLIFE, and AeroLIFE high-quality care and maintenance products, responded to a request from the South Carolina Department of Commerce to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the pandemic curve by expanding the production and availability of Sanitizer, a disinfectant solution.

Millennium Marine's R100 Spyderlok Generation 2 Series Rod Holder system makes precise presentations simple, whether you're pushing or pulling crankbaits, longlining or traditional spider rigging. Millennium Marine R100 Spyderlok Perfect for Spider Rigging
Amid growing closures and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) recently sent letters to each of the fifty governors requesting that they keep recreational fishing opportunities and businesses open as much as possible.
As Coronavirus continues to impact the United States, employers need to stay up to date on the most current recommendations and/or legal requirements to reduce risk to their employees and customers.

ORGANIZATIONS
The National Professional Anglers Association’s (NPAA) board of directors recently appointed one of America’s top angling professionals and sportfishing industry businessmen, Mike Iaconelli (Ike) to the NPAA Board of Directors.
PUBLISHING
Increasingly, consumers are turning to the wide-reaching network of print, digital and broadcast outlets that make up the Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) for their educational and entertainment needs.
RADIO
This week on Northwestern Outdoors Radio it's all about what you can and cannot do outdoors in the Northwestern United States as the various states grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
STATES
With free fishing announced through April 30, Maine anglers can enjoy spring angling action and avoid any chance of COVID-19 in the state's vast wild areas.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that public fishing in Forest Park’s Jefferson Lake, located in St. Louis City, will be suspended starting April 1 for approximately one year.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today encouraged New Yorkers to engage in responsible local recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced changes to Striped Bass fishing regulations within the Delaware Estuary, Delaware River, and West Branch Delaware River.
During a time when many Pennsylvanians are unable to, or are being advised not to leave their homes, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) encourages boaters and paddlers to take advantage of a wealth of online, educational resources.
STREAMING VIDEO
This continuing feature all about bass and bass fishing from one of America's top professional bass anglers will premiere today on YouTube
This week on Americana Outdoors, Wade Middleton and his longtime friend and multi tournament pro Mike Hawkes meet up on Choke Canyon Reservoir, where they’re taking a look at how this legendary body of water has recently been on the road to recovery after enduring an extended period of suffering low water levels.
TELEVISION
The first destination is Big Pine Key in the fishing capital of the world, the Florida Keys, for a permit rodeo.
TOURNAMENTS
The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour events for Hopedale, Louisiana, will be postponed until new dates can be arranged due to concerns of the spread of the Coronavirus and IFA anglers' safety.
Based on the current marina closures and "shelter in place" policies that remain in place across South Florida, we will not be able to hold Final Sail on April 3rd and 4th as originally scheduled. The competition days have been rescheduled for May 8 - 9.
In response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to slow its progression, we announced March 17 that all tournaments through April 5 would be rescheduled along with the May 7-9 Toyota Series tournament on Neely Henry Lake.
The National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s announces its 2020 season will now open May 28-29 on Lake Francis Case at Chamberlain-Oacoma, South Dakota.
WASHINGTON
Following an unprecedented week for our country, the boating industry, like other sectors, continues to navigate these uncertain times.

By Joe Sills Jr.
Fishing Tackle Retailer

WASHINGTON, D.C.— At 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, the Senate unanimously passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Dubbed the CARES Act, the $2 trillion bill was also passed by the House of Representatives, then signed by President Trump. The bill includes up to $1,200 in relief for many Americans. But what does it mean for small business owners?

Let's start with a breakdown of some key elements in the bill that might impact your business or its employees directly.

$349 billion — Small business loans.

$301 billion — Direct payments to households.

$221 billion — Tax benefits for businesses.

That's over $1 trillion in potential aid that could help small businesses through what scientists say could be a months-long process of combating the COVID-19 virus by social distancing methods that keep most American workers home. Let's take a closer look at each.

Small business loans

Small businesses and nonprofits with up to 500 workers in a single location are now able to apply for loans backed by the Small Business Administration. Those loans convert into grants that do not have to be repaid. The grants cover payroll, rent and utilities up to $10 million, and salaries are capped at $100,000 per year. The amount of grant money is reduced if employees are laid off.

Direct payments to households

The CARES Act would provide direct payments of $1,200 to adults, and $500 per child to households. These payments are processed like tax refunds, running through the IRS. This is a direct one-time payment with no provision for future payments. Direct payments are phased out for individuals making more than $99,000 and are reduced beginning with individuals earning more than $75,000. Married couples without children making more than $198,000 will also receive no payment.

The CARES Act also extends jobless benefits to 39 weeks. It includes a $600 per week increase for unemployed workers for four months with benefits extending to contract workers and freelancers. Unemployment benefits are also extended to independent contractors who are unable to work or partially employed due to COVID-19.

Tax benefits for businesses

Under the CARES Act, employers gain the ability to defer payroll taxes for 2020 and split the balance between 2021 and 2022. Businesses that had their operations limited or closed by government actions—such as a shelter-in-place order— also gain a tax credit for retaining employees equal to 50% of their payroll, although the credit is limited to $10,000 per employee per quarter and to businesses with more than 100 employees.

In addition, retailers who have made improvements since 2018 could benefit from an amendment to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that requires property improvements to be expensed over 39 years. A clerical error in that act resulted in some retailers overpaying by a combined $30 billion, and that money is set to be refunded to qualifying businesses.

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