Trade Associations

MIASF names new director of membership and events

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) is pleased to announce that Noah Dermody has been appointed MIASF’s new Director of Membership and Events. Dermody started his new role on October 11, 2021. Dermody is a native of Vero Beach, Florida and a 2019 graduate of Florida State University, with a degree in environmental sciences and a minor in ...

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Water Sports Foundation inaugural safety outreach exceeds expectations

Water Sports Foundation logo

A national public relations campaign by the nonprofit Water Sports Foundation has far exceeded preliminary expectations, generating more than 600 million positive boating safety media impressions over a five-month period, from April – August 2021. Designed as a proof-of-concept project funded by a modest nonprofit grant of $89,000 from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Water Sports Foundation’s PR campaign delivered ...

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White House addresses supply chain disruptions

U.S. recreational boat exports sharply down

The Biden administration convened business, shipping, and union leaders to discuss the challenges at ports across the country and around the world and actions each partner can take to address the delays and congestion across the transportation supply chain.  In the days to come, these groups will reportedly announce a series of public and private commitments to move more goods ...

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NMMA highlights boating priorities in Infrastructure Bill

NMMA urges passing of Infrastructure bill

Following months of negotiations and passage in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the bipartisan infrastructure deal (BID), in the weeks to come.  NMMA’s latest Marine Minute highlights priorities for the recreational boating industry, as well as outdoor recreation economy at large, in ...

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Families for Boating creating community conversations around water access and wakesports activities

Families for Boating, a non-profit organization of community groups around the U.S dedicated to preserving access to waterways for boaters and water sports enthusiasts, is actively trying to assist boaters facing regulatory threats or concerns.  Recreational boating and water sports have grown significantly in popularity across the nation, particularly over the pandemic, with more families than ever enjoying the benefits ...

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Marine Marketers of America accepting entries for 2021 Neptune Awards

Marine Marketers of America (MMA), the exclusive association for those engaged in marine industry marketing activities, has announced a formal call for entries for the 2021 Neptune Awards. The award program, now in its 14th year, honors creative concepts, campaigns, and initiatives from across all sectors of the marine industry ecosystem.  The contest is open to any company, agency or organization involved ...

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Targeted Section 301 Tariff exclusion process begins

U.S. recreational boat exports sharply down

Earlier this week, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) opened a targeted Section 301 exclusion process for products imported from China that previously received an exclusion and extension. USTR states that the web portal for submitting exclusion requests will remain open through December 1, 2021. For the past several months, the Biden administration has been reviewing and developing its policies for realigning the ...

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Industry donations support RBFF’s Vamos A Pescar Education Fund

As part of its continual commitment to democratize the boating experience, Brunswick Corporation has made a sizeable donation to the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The donation will help expand fishing and boating access to Hispanic communities who have traditionally been underrepresented in these activities. “We’re grateful for Brunswick’s support of the Education Fund’s mission,” said Rachel ...

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ELEVATE agenda gets exciting new addition

Boating Industry Elevate Summit 2021

The Boating Industry ELEVATE team is excited to announce that Info-Link founder and managing director Jack Ellis is just the latest addition to an already power packed line-up comprised of some of the biggest names in the recreational boating industry. The ELEVATE Summit conference is November 8-10 at the downtown Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Ellis, a lifelong boater, started Miami-based ...

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Discover Boating launches second episode of five-part digital video series

Discover Boating launched its second episode in the new five-part digital video series ‘Boating Basics: Pro Tips’ powered by Progressive, to support ongoing efforts around boater engagement and education. The latest episode in the series, “9 Easy Steps to Launching Your Boat,” focuses on best practices for launching a boat, which can be an exciting, yet intimidating process for new ...

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