Trade Associations

ORR to announce 2020 Legends Awards in new series

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable will be announcing 2020’s Legends Awards in a new weekly series. Since 1991, Legends Awards have honored employees from federal agencies that manage outdoor recreation on public lands and waters for outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. Legends Awards are the only awards nominated by agency peers and are ...

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ABYC announces new workbook for future marine techs

ABYC tech training resource

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced the publication of a new student workbook to bolster the ABYC Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology textbook and curriculum package for high schools and technical colleges. The workbook will help teachers implement classroom and distance learning with a variety of homework exercises, hands-on job assignments, and links to video demonstrations. “During ABYC’s ...

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Senators call for outdoor recreation funding

Last week, a dozen U.S. Senators sent a letter to the chamber’s leadership urging them to include support for outdoor recreation and public land infrastructure jobs in the next COVID-19 relief package, drawing praise from NMMA. In the letter, the Senators note that more investment is needed in order to bring back jobs lost as outdoor recreation has decreased during the COVID-19 ...

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NASBLA requesting input for water management survey

NASBLA asks for water management input

The National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is requesting stakeholder input to update A Guide for Multiple-Use Waterway Management, Second Edition. The Second Edition was published in 2004 and waterway managers have seen great changes and growth of multiple forms of recreational boating in that time. The Third Edition update will include a website with compilation of online resources for ...

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May sets records in growth for new boat sales

The NMMA reports new boat sales rebounded sharply in May, up 59% compared to April, and up 9% from pre-pandemic levels on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Total sales in May were the highest they’ve been in a decade with upticks across all segments. Leading the growth were PWCs, saltwater fishing boats, and jet boats, which account for 41% of new boat ...

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RBFF announces findings of 2020 Special Report on Fishing

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the findings of the 2020 Special Report on Fishing, noting participation is still on the rise. The Outdoor Foundation and RBFF-produced report, now in its 10th year, provides insights into demographics, the “leaky bucket,” perceptions of fishing and more. “Thanks to the strong improvements in recruitment and reactivation, fishing participation is up again ...

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NMMA president featured in FOX Business

NMMA president, Frank Hugelmeyer recently penned an opinion piece in FOX Business highlighting why recreational boating is the perfect activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  “As springtime came to a close, fears of a ‘lost summer’ echoed throughout the country,” wrote Hugelmeyer. “Thankfully, our natural resources are wide open for the recreational activities that have long been a hallmark of the ...

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Discover Boating partners with social media influencers for promotion

As part of the “Get on Board” campaign, Discover Boating is working with social media influencers to inspire new audiences to enjoy boating and fishing this summer when close-to-home outdoor recreation is in high demand. To date eight out of 11 influencer partners have sparked nearly half a million meaningful engagements (likes, comments, shares, clicks, views, etc.) bringing awareness to ...

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Sea Tow Foundation awarded funding for Flare Disposal Program

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – was recently awarded a new grant from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund starting this month to conduct a Flare Disposal Program. Flares expire after 42 months and must be replaced to meet the USCG’s ...

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Bill proposed to boost American manufacturing

Senator Gary Peters introduces manufacturing bill

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced legislation that would establish an independent federal institute — the National Institute of Manufacturing (NIM) — to serve as the hub for federal manufacturing programs that would be led by a Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO) responsible for creating and implementing a National Strategic Plan for Manufacturing across the executive branch. The National Institute of Manufacturing ...

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