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Boating and water sports regulation and fee changes go into effect Aug. 5

Posted August 4, 2017

The changes aim to increase customer service and public safety

PHOENIX — Boating and watercraft regulation changes aimed at increasing customer service and public safety on Arizona’s waterways go into effect Saturday, Aug. 5.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved the amendments to the state’s Article 5 rules, which outline boating and water sports regulations and fees, at its April 7 meeting. The Governor’s Regulatory Review Council approved the proposed changes on June 6.

The changes were recommended as part of a legally required five-year review of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s administrative rules.

The following are among the changes:

The following fee changes also are going into effect:

This is the first time that watercraft fees have increased in more than 30 years.

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