Trade Associations

NMMA, RBFF + MRAA need input on 2021 retention needs

NMMA Survey

With a surge in new boating and fishing participants in 2020, it is essential to ensure newcomers embrace fishing and boating for years to come. NMMA, RBFF and MRAA have compiled a five-minute survey to help guide and prioritize items for a retention toolkit to support your customer engagement and retention efforts in 2021.  While NMMA, MRAA and RBFF have customer engagement ...

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ABYC’s Virtual & Extended Standards Week launches

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This week the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), kicks off  its 12th annual Standards Week – Virtual & Extended, with various events taking place Jan. 5-28, 2021. ABYC’s virtual events as part of Standards Week include: ABYC’s annual meeting and happy hour, Jan. 5 Sur/Tech 2021, surveyor and technician training, Jan. 6-7Project Technical Committee (PTC) meetings, Jan. 11-22ABYC Standards Certification course, Jan. ...

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International boating industry urges President-Elect to resolve trade issues

boating trade tariffs

NMMA, the European Boating Industry (EBI), and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden congratulating him on his election victory and calling on him to swiftly address trade relations between Europe and the U.S. Following the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, the E.U. responded by levying a 25% retaliatory ...

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BoatUS advocacy accomplishments

BoatUS

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the national advocacy, services and safety group with more than 700,000 members, weighed in on a range of boating issues, debates and legislation affecting recreational boaters in 2020. Here are some of the successes that BoatUS earned over the past year: The Sport Fish Restoration Program Paid for by purchases of fishing ...

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Boating United 2020 advocacy accomplishments

Boating United is a community of boating businesses and supporters, working together to shape policies that affect boating, angling, and outdoor recreation. The organization stated in a press release, "We made our voices heard and had a seat at the table to advance critical issues of the year. Here are just some of our 2020 accomplishments thanks to your advocacy." ...

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Bi-partisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act is vetoed

driftnet fishing legislation passes

President Trump vetoed the bi-partisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906/H.R. 9179), led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) that would have ended the use of large mesh drift gillnets in U.S. waters. The mile-long nets drift overnight to catch swordfish, but often entangle, injure and kill more ...

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NMMA outlines priorities in letter to President-Elect Biden

Capitol Hill

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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