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Boating BC launches next phase of abandoned boat education and awareness program

For decades, abandoned boats have increasingly littered coastal shorelines and waterways, posing an environmental and safety risk. As concerns mounted, Boating BC Association was among those advocating action. With the help of Transport Canada, Boating BC made the important decision three years ago to establish the national Abandoned Boats Program. One key aspect of the program involves the identification, removal ...

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C-MAP launches new site for recreational boaters

C-MAP announced the launch of the new C-MAP website catered to recreational boaters. C-MAP said the new website, www.c-map.com, features content covering the entire C-MAP range, is optimized for mobile devices and delivers an enhanced user experience – making it easier for consumers to find the chart they need via new location, chart or device compatibility searches. Consumers who want to ...

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Boating Industry Elevate VIRTUAL conference launch

The Boating Industry Elevate Summit is launching with a new Virtual-First experience this July culminating with an in-person conference November 16-18, 2020. The goal of the Virtual-First and In-Person Event combination is to bring together marine leaders from around the country and to create conversations within the Community virtually and in-person. The Vitrual-First experience will launch on July 1, 2020 ...

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New campaign touts fishing and boating for stress relief

Get On Board campaign launches

As COVID-19 continues to wear on Americans' mental health, Take Me Fishing and Discover Boating have launched a new public service campaign called Get On Board to raise awareness about the wellness benefits of fishing and boating. The campaign is informed by the latest consumer research from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the national nonprofit organization behind the ...

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Jim Emmons appointed to Chair USCG NBSAC

Jim Emmons headshot

Jim Emmons, a 31-year career marine industry veteran and current non-profit outreach grants director for the Water Sports Foundation, Inc. -- a division of the Water Sports Industry Association -- was recently appointed as the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC) Chairman by Coast Guard Captain David C. Barata, Director, Inspections and Compliance. In this senior leadership ...

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Big Thunder Marine announces Florida location

Big Thunder Marine opens in Florida

Big Thunder Marine has announced a new location at PGA Marina in Palm Beach Gardens, FL with a focus on Fountain center consoles. “Big Thunder has done a great job representing Iconic Marine Group (parent company of Fountain) at Lake of the Ozarks. I’m excited for what they can do on the East Coast of Florida,” says Fred Ross, owner ...

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Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing hosts summer fishing tourney

Ladies Let's Go Fishing

Everyone is invited to the Fishing Screamin’ Reels tournament with education Aug. 14-16 in Islamorada, FL. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the tournament kicks off on Friday with a class on offshore fishing and conservation, plus an appetizer contest from 6-8 pm at The Tavernier Elks Club. Saturday and Sunday is fishing, learning on the water ...

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New study reveals $10.5 billion impact from recreational fishing trips

Marine fishing trips

NOAA Fisheries confirms marine recreational fishing is a far greater economic force in the United States than their previous evaluations had indicated. In their new report, the federal agency shows angler trip expenditures totaled $10.5 billion nationwide, more than double the $4.3 billion in expenditures from the previous report. The massive increase in the recreational angling economic footprint is mostly ...

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Freedom Boat Club launches new global website

Freedom Boat Club logo

Freedom Boat Club announced the launch of its newly designed website. The new comprehensive website launch comes amid record numbers of website visitors flocking to FreedomBoatClub.com. Year to date website traffic is up almost 50% from a year ago. A good portion of the website traffic in 2020 is coming from mobile devices, which was a key initiative for building ...

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NMMA says what to expect from Congress this summer

Capitol Hill

As COVID-19 gripped the country and world in the first half of 2020, the U.S. Congress hit pause on most of its previously scheduled work to focus almost entirely on the global pandemic. Now, with stay-at-home orders continuing to be lifted and sectors of the economy resuming operations, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are shifting some of their attention to measures ...

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