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New study reveals 142 million Americans went boating in 2016

An estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016 – 36 percent of U.S. households – according to the 2016 Recreational Boating Participation Study, released today by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and Discover Boating. Of the 142 million individuals, 17 million individuals were first-time participants, and half of these first-time participants were children under age 18. Of those Americans who went ...

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ORIR continues to form strong bonds with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

A coalition of boating industry trade associations continues to form strong bonds with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke through their work with the Outdoor Recreational Industry Roundtable. The ORIR includes BoatUS, MRAA and NMMA, as well as the American Sportfishing Association. Combined, the outdoor recreation industry generates $887 billion annually in economic activity and provides an estimated 7.6 ...

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Congressional committees approve Everglades Restoration Funding

The U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees recently approved Energy and Water funding for Fiscal Year 2018. Both bills include $82 million for repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike and $76 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration for the Everglades. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, along with 18 recreational fishing and boating groups, sent a letter to members of Congress on June ...

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Nominations open for 2018 STEP Ahead Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Science, Technology, Engineering and Production Ahead Awards are now being accepted. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women on a national platform — from the factory floor to the C-suite — who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing. This national honor identifies the best of the best women in the manufacturing industry, and further encourages women to ...

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NMMA testifies at EPA hearing, shares members’ concerns about E15

The National Marine Manufacturers Association testified at the 2018 EPA Renewable Volume Obligation hearing. Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA vice president of federal and legal affairs, addressed the concerns the recreational boating industry has with E15 during the Aug. 1 hearing. “The initial 2010 waiver and this RVO proposal, do nothing to guarantee the continued availability of E10, while billions of gallons of ...

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NMMA Hall of Fame Award nominations close Friday

Nominations are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 4, for the 2017 National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame Award, which will be presented at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition Industry Breakfast in Tampa, Fla. The award honors those who have generated or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. It also recognizes marine leaders ...

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VIDEO: Dept. of Interior releases report on meetings with NMMA, outdoor industry

On Friday, the Department of Interior shared a video report on the meeting and outdoor products showcase it held last week with the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which includes NMMA. NMMA President Thom Dammrich, one of the key leaders of ORIR, helped kick off that meeting and guided Department of Interior Secretary Zinke through a showcase of American-made boats. As ...

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NMMA celebrates the outdoors with Zinke, members of Congress

On Tuesday, July 18, NMMA joined Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, members of Congress and members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., to discuss how public-private partnerships can improve visitor experiences on public lands and waters. The meeting was followed by a showcase of American-made outdoor recreation equipment as part of ...

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2016 NMMA Statistical Abstract now available

The seventh section of NMMA's 2016 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available on NMMA.org – Industry Sales by Category and State 2004 – 2016. Data shows total recreational marine expenditures reached a high of $36 billion in 2016, up 3.2 percent from 2015; spending on new boats accounted for $9 billion of the total and was up 7.6 percent from 2015, while spending on ...

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Powerboat registrations up 5.8 percent in May

The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association’s New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through May 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 5.8 percent year-over-year for the rolling twelve-month period through May.  Highlights from the report include: Nearly all segments were up through May. Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: jet boats (up 12.8 percent), personal watercraft ...

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