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New Jersey Governor pledges fight against harmful algal blooms

Late last month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that his administration will distribute more than $13 million to fund a new initiative to reduce and prevent future harmful algal bloom outbreaks in New Jersey. The NMMA said it applauded the program, which will fund science-based prevention, mitigation, study, and response efforts across the state. "The presence of harmful algal ...

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Grow Boating elects Bryan Seti chairperson, names new board officers

Earlier this month, Bryan Seti, general manager of sales and marketing, Yamaha WaterCraft Group, was elected chairperson of the Grow Boating Board of Directors during their annual meeting in Chicago. Seti succeeds Joe Lewis, owner and general manager of Mt. Dora Boating Center, who served as chairperson from 2011 through October 2019.Seti joined Yamaha in 1998 and leads sales and ...

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New RBFF research IDs new ways to attract multicultural audiences

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the release of new research on multicultural audiences and their relationship with fishing and boating. The research points to nuances between various audience groups and includes recommendations on how to better reach these audiences. “The great news coming out of this research is that multicultural audiences represent a strong opportunity for RBFF ...

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Garmin honored with two DAME Design Awards

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced it was honored with wins in two categories in the 2019 DAME Design Awards, an annual competition that celebrates marine equipment design. The Garmin Force trolling motor and the GPSMAP 86i marine handheld with inReach® satellite communication capabilities received top DAME accolades in the ‘Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems ...

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Avalon, Tahoe wins 2019 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award

Earlier this month, the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) presented Jim Wolf, president and CEO of Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing Inc. with the 2019 John G. Thodis Large Tier Michigan Manufacturer of the Year award. The award was presented at MMA’s annual MFG Excellence Awards on Nov. 7, 2019, in Lansing, Mich. The fall season has been busy for Avalon and ...

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David Kennedy of BoatUS elected chairman of Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association

BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy was elected chairman of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) at the group’s recent annual meeting held in Savannah, Georgia. Founded in 1999, AIWA advocates for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), often referred to as “America’s Marine Highway 95,” helping to ensure its future as an integral part of the nation’s transportation system. Kennedy, who will serve a ...

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Boating Industry names 2019 Top 100 Dealers

Boating Industry announced its 2019 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala on Nov. 24 in Orlando. “From the thousands of dealers in North America — and hundreds of nominations — these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Top 100 Program Director Jonathan Sweet. “This is the 15th year of recognizing the Top 100 and the ...

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NMMA seeks nominations for 2020 Alan J. Freedman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award.  Recipients of the NMMA Freedman Award are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity, and personal motivation.  The following are categories for consideration: Marine aftermarket or OEM manufacturerMarine representativeMember of marine-focused mediaBoat dealerMarine distributorMarine trade association staff person To nominate an ...

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Freedom Boat Club holds largest conference in company history

Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and the nation’s oldest and largest boat club and boat club franchisor, has just completed the largest franchise conference in company’s 30-year history and its first since being acquired by Brunswick.  The theme of the event, Expanding Horizons, celebrated three decades of success with a recognition of the now more than 200 ...

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Lowrance Ghost wins DAME Award

Lowrance announced the Ghost freshwater trolling motor has been named co-winner of the DAME Design Award in the category ‘Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings’ at METSTRADE on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. “This recognition is a great testament to all the team behind Ghost and the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes to get this innovative ...

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