Trade Associations

New study offers insights for retaining new boaters and anglers

RBFF fishing study

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) released findings of a major national research study in partnership with global market-research firm IPSOS to provide the industry with insights for retaining and engaging new boaters and anglers. The study, titled Casting a Wide Net: Identifying New Anglers and Boaters and Determining Tactics for Retention, projects millions of new and returning anglers and boaters to ...

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Marine Industries Association announces waterway cleanup contest winner

Marine Industries Association of South Florida

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) announced that Taylor de Don, a student at South Broward High School, is the winner of MIASF’s inaugural Waterway Cleanup Poster Contest. Taylor wins a $500 scholarship, and her artwork will be used as the official poster and flyer for this year’s event, which kicks-off March 6, 2021. Thirteen students submitted entries ...

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NMRA announces 2021 marine trades scholarship

NMRA

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) is offering a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding student pursuing education and a career in the marine trades. High school seniors, and college and vocational students are encouraged to apply. The application is at bit.ly/2021-NMRA-Scholarship and must be received by April 1, 2021. "We've awarded students working towards a wide range of careers including boatbuilding, marine ...

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Miami Boat and Yacht Shows join forces

Miami International Bow Show logo

The NMMA announced today a landmark partnership with Informa Markets to create the first joint production of South Florida’s preeminent winter boat shows—the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS), Miami Yacht Show (MYS) and Superyacht Miami. Set to debut Wednesday, February 16 through Sunday, February 20, 2022 over Presidents Day weekend, the joint event—which will carry the Miami International Boat Show name—will deliver enhanced value ...

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States sign invasive carp prevention agreement

Brandon Road Lock and Dam

The governors of Illinois and Michigan have agreed to work jointly to protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp species. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Gov. JB Pritzker recently announced an intergovernmental agreement between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) which allows Illinois to use up to $8 million in funds ...

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In-person Stuart Boat Show still happening this weekend

Stuart Boat Show

The Stuart Boat Show, located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, will take place January 15-17, and includes hundreds of boats, marine-related products and seminars. “We are expecting a robust turnout from both exhibitors and attendees this year due to the eagerness to get back to normal since the COVID-19 pandemic, so we need to be razor-sharp in our planning and safety ...

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Paycheck Protection Program is open again

Paycheck Protection Program re-opens

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is open again for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, ...

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NMMA announces additional changes to 2021 Boat Shows

NMMA Boat Shows

After a thorough market-by-market evaluation of its boat shows still on the schedule for the first quarter of 2021, the NMMA announced today it is canceling this year’s Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show and Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow, and postponing the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show to April 7-11, 2021, which was originally scheduled Feb. 24-28. The Association announced in ...

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Boating Industry seeks nominations for 2021 40 Under 40

Now in its fifth year, Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 program will return in early 2021. The editorial staff at Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which highlights the best young leaders across all segments of the marine industry. Each year, Boating Industry receives hundreds of nominations from dealer principals, owners, CEOs and many ...

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