Trade Associations

NMMA outlines priorities in letter to President-Elect Biden

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NMMA recently sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden congratulating him on his victory and highlighting the recreational boating industry’s importance to the American economy. Additionally, NMMA outlined the industry’s policy priorities for Biden's first 100 days in office and beyond. “As a group that represents over 1300 manufacturers in North America, the recreational boating industry stands ready to support your administration’s ...

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Most-watched BoatUS videos of 2020

BoatUS most popular boating videos

Want to know what videos boaters watched most this year on the @BoatUS YouTube channel? Check out the 2020 Top 10 list.  Learning how to trim a powerboat is a skill that many vessel operators want to know more about, and BoatUS video viewership numbers back that up: “How to Trim Your Boat” was the No. 1 most-watched BoatUS video ...

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ABYC SUR/TECH Conference supports continuing education needs

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The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is hosting SUR/TECH, a virtual training event, Jan. 6-7, 2021, dedicated to providing continuing education for marine surveyors, technicians and other marine professionals. “With technical training events canceled around the world, ABYC reached out to industry leaders and top educators to support marine industry professionals in their continuing education needs,” said Kevin Scullen, ABYC ...

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NMLA announces new board and 2021 officers

The National Marine Lenders Association (NMLA) has announced the results of the association’s recent election for three board seats and the board’s confirmation of officers. The directors, each elected to serve a three-year term, are incumbents John Haymond, Senior Vice President Medallion Bank, and Don Parkhurst, most recently Senior Vice President of Truist Bank. Newly elected to the board is ...

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Coast Guard survey offers new boating data

A new report on recreational boating activity in the U.S. is giving policymakers and the boating community the ability to shape smart boating safety policy into the future. Issued recently by the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Recreational Boating Safety Survey looks at boating participation demographics, trends, boat use, at-risk boating populations, boating safety and more. The survey data includes all ...

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Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT 2020 triples attendance

The Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT 2020 far exceeded its goals to connect, collaborate, cultivate and celebrate top marine industry visionaries and emerging leaders over strategic content, posting an impressive 300% increase in participants from its 2019 inaugural event launch. “We couldn’t be more pleased by the significant increase of participation by leaders from all segments of the marine industry,” said ELEVATE ...

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Congress sends Driftnet Modernization Act to President

driftnet fishing legislation passes

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906) to phase out large-scale driftnet fishing in federal waters off California. Authored in the Senate by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and in the House by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), the bill passed the U.S. Senate ...

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Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! to hold freshwater fishing seminar

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University will conduct a freshwater fishing seminar with guided fishing on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Bass Pro Shops, Dania Beach, FL from 9 am to 3 pm. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Foundation, the educational event offers classroom instruction, conservation, hands-on fishing activities, networking, a guided fishing experience from land and gifts. The featured ...

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Boating Writers International accepting entries for annual contest

Boating Writers International announced that the Annual Writing Contest is open for entries.  Now in its 28th year, the BWI Writing Contest recognizes exceptional achievements in boating journalism, photography and videography with a total of $15,000 in cash prizes. Fifteen categories are offered this year, including technical reporting, safety and seamanship, travel, lifestyles, boat tests and more. Entries are welcome from digital-only or ...

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Watersports athlete elected to Ukranian Sports Hall of Fame

Famed barefooter Zenon Bilas says he is "extremely grateful that the Ukrainian Sports Hall of Fame has inducted me into its 2020 class." The Ukrainian Sports Hall of Fame, located in Horsham, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, is for athletes and coaches who were born in the Ukraine or are of Ukrainian descent. Bilas' parents emigrated from Ukraine to the United States ...

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