Trade Associations

White House report supports key priority for recreational boating industry

The White House released an updated report, Recent Progress at Our Ports: Moving Cargo and Filling Shelves, which tracks how well the nation’s transportation and logistics supply chain is handling the increase in demand for goods as we recover from the pandemic.  The updated report supports the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA 2021), a bipartisan bill sponsored by Representative ...

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Nominations sought for 2022 Freedman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2022 Alan J. Freedman 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 individual, please complete ...

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Mark Martecchini named president of Webb Institute

Webb Institute, an undergraduate institution specializing in marine engineering and naval architecture located in Glen Cove, NY, has named Mark Martecchini their next president. Martecchini is recognized for his innovative leadership and advocacy for inclusiveness and sustainability. During a 38-year career with Stolt-Nielsen, he served in a variety of technical, commercial and executive roles, most recently as Managing Director of Stolt ...

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NMMA announces dates for in-person American Boating Congress

American Boating Congress

The American Boating Congress (ABC) will be held in-person from May 11-13, 2022 in Washington, D.C., bringing together all segments of the recreational boating industry to share our collective voice on Capitol Hill.  ABC 2022 participants will hear from members of Congress, Administration officials, key committee and Hill staffers, as well as industry representatives on what’s happening within the recreation ...

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Bipartisan outdoor recreation bill is introduced

Capitol Hill

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Committee, introduced the Outdoor Recreation Act. This bipartisan legislation would increase and improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation while improving infrastructure and driving economic growth in rural communities.“West Virginia is home to stunning public lands that bring ...

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New data shows impact of COVID on outdoor recreation

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)  released new data on the economic impact of outdoor recreation in 2020. BEA found outdoor recreation accounted for $689 billion in gross output (consumer spending) and 1.8% of gross domestic product in 2020. “Throughout this pandemic, outdoor recreation has been a cornerstone of American life,” said Lise Aangeenbrug, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) executive director. ...

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Coast Guard Foundation launches Tuesday Matching Gift Challenge

Coast Guard Foundation logo

The Coast Guard Foundation announced that this GivingTuesday, the organization will inspire generosity by launching a $25,000 matching gift challenge. Supporting its work to assist Coast Guard members and their families, GEICO Military will triple match all donations to the Foundation received Tuesday, Nov. 30. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement – unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their ...

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NMMA postpones five boat shows, announces new events

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced it is postponing the 2022 Progressive Insurance Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis boat shows to 2023. The postponement of these five shows is the result of thorough analysis, alongside exhibitors and NMMA members, of the unique needs and economics of each region spanning date availability to supply chain disruptions to historically low market-specific ...

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ICOMIA releases 2020 statistics book

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has released the latest edition of its Recreational Boating Industry Statistics Book. The 2020 Statistics Book provides, in one useful reference document, global data, as well as comprehensive national reports on the industry’s largest market countries, global summaries of key product segments from 22 countries, export/import data for international trade in boats from 41 countries, marine ...

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NMEA posts 2022 training course schedule

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced the lineup and dates of the marine electronics installer training classes for 2022. Offered are the Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI), Advanced Marine Electronics Installer (AMEI), Basic NMEA 2000® Network Installer and Advanced NMEA 2000® Network Installer courses. Basic classes are taught in person and virtually, while advanced classes are only taught ...

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