Trade Associations

President Trump signs Great American Outdoors Act

Recently, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which is the single largest investment in America’s public lands and waters in decades. The official signing of the bill caps off years of advocacy from NMMA, the recreational boating community, and the outdoor recreation industry. The Great American Outdoors Act addresses two long-standing priorities of the outdoor recreation community. ...

Read More »

IBEX announces judging panel for 2020 Innovation Awards

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), announced the judges for the 2020 Innovation Awards Program. Due to IBEX transitioning to a virtual format, the program, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), will also follow a newly designed, virtual format. The five BWI judges have different technical backgrounds and boating experience. Entries are currently being accepted through Friday, ...

Read More »

‘Get On Board’ campaign offers new social toolkit content

Discover Boating has updated its online toolkit with new visual assets, including a new boating video and social content for industry stakeholders to help amplify the "Get On Board" campaign launched in conjunction with Take Me Fishing. The movement and organization asks the industry to join together and keep boating and fishing top of mind during these last days of summer while also providing ...

Read More »

IBEX announces plans for Virtual Experience

IBEX Virtual Conference

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), announced details of its first ever virtual tradeshow, IBEX Online: A Virtual Event. Scheduled to launch September 29, the free digital tradeshow will be built around the concepts of Connection, New Products and Innovation, and Education, and will allow the industry to come together in a safe and productive environment. “The IBEX team has invested ...

Read More »

Boating industry priorities included in House spending packages

U.S. House of Representatives

Ahead of the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a “minibus”—a legislative package that contains multiple appropriations bills—which includes the vast majority of the recreational boating industry’s funding priorities. In total, NMMA secured $850 million for conservation initiatives and infrastructure programs. The spending package includes funding for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Interior, and the U.S. ...

Read More »

ABYC publishes updated Boat Building and Repair Standards

ABYC logo

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) published its 60th supplement of Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which provides the marine industry with the latest in boat building and repair standards. “This year’s supplement contains a much anticipated technical information report on lithium ion batteries, which provides valuable and much needed guidance to the industry on this ...

Read More »

Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act moves to House

U.S. Capitol

The Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act has moved out of the House Natural Resources Committee by unanimous vote. The NMMA expects the SOAR Act to move to the House floor later this year, which will eliminate road blocks and improve access to outdoor recreation. Key components include: Modernizing and streamlining the outdoor recreation permitting process to remove barriers and ...

Read More »

Congress moves to reauthorize Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund

Ahead of the August Recess, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund — a program that supports about $650 million annually in fishery restoration and conservation efforts, boating access and infrastructure, as well as fish stocking programs important to recreational anglers.  Reauthorizing the Trust Fund is a top priority for the ...

Read More »

RBFF adds 2 new members to board of directors

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) recently announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Ellen Bradley, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Chief Brand Officer and Bob Ziehmer Bass Pro Shops Senior Director of Conservation, will bring a wide range of expertise as RBFF pushes for its 60 in 60 goal. “With the challenges the boating ...

Read More »

NMMA PR efforts continue boating buzz

NMMA summer PR efforts continue to generate blockbuster media coverage, raising awareness about the benefits of the boating lifestyle and shining a spotlight on the U.S. recreational boating industry. Earlier this week, Fortune magazine published a feature story, As stir-crazy Americans take refuge on the water, the boating industry is booming, citing the newest NMMA data and including a host of interviews from ...

Read More »