Trade Associations

NMMA to host market entry and expansion webinar

NMMA has invited its members to join trade representatives and marine industry trade specialists from the U.S. Commercial Service, and NMMA Canada president Sara Anghel for a free industry webinar and dynamic discussion on current opportunities for U.S. marine manufacturers in the Australian Pleasure Boat Industry. The webinar is free and will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 6 ...

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NMEA, Veterans Florida partner on workforce development

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced a collaboration with Veterans Florida to help the marine electronics industry-wide labor shortage by bringing in qualified veterans who are looking for a career after exiting their military service. “Florida has the largest marine industry of any state, along with the largest membership demographic for NMEA,” said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA president & ...

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U.S., U.K. reach deal on Section 232 tariffs

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The United States Department of Commerce announced the U.S. and United Kingdom (U.K.) reached a deal to ease steel and aluminum tariffs, allowing U.K. steel and aluminum products to enter the U.S. without application of Section 232 tariffs. Retaliatory tariffs on over $500 million worth of U.S. exports to the U.K on goods, including American-made recreational boats, will be lifted. Since ...

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In-person Hill meetings return for ABC 2022

NMMA announced this week the 2022 American Boating Congress (ABC) will feature in person meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff. The development follows a recent decision from Capitol authorities to lift certain restrictions on public meetings beginning in late March. Register here:  The Hill meetings portion of ABC is currently slated for Thursday, May 12, ...

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Federal spending bill prioritizes boating community efforts

President Biden signed into law last week the fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriation bills, which includes a vast majority of the recreational boating industry’s funding priorities, and takes into account funding for the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).Included in the $1.5 trillion spending bill are important programs that benefit ...

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Water safety remains top priority for MN legislative session

The Minnesota House of Representatives Committee on Transportation Finance and Policy convenes Tuesday, March 22, for a hearing on HF3787, legislation which would expand upon the state’s existing youth boater education requirements. The hearing marks the fourth hearing in four weeks’ time for the companion bills SF3392 and HF3787, indicating there is strong support within the legislature for increased boating ...

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Water Sports Foundation reports spike in online boater education

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The Water Sports Foundation reported a major surge in boater education enrollment across the nation, marked by new online delivery trends. As the non-profit educational arm of the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA), the Water Sports Foundation attributed the surge to record-setting growth in recreational boating activity and a 35% increase in first-time boat ownership in 2020, brought on by ...

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MRAA submits formal recommendations to ‘America the Beautiful’ Initiative

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and 44 other members of the Hunt Fish 30x30 Coalition submitted formal comments to the Federal Register regarding the American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas (Atlas), a key component of the Biden Administration’s “America the Beautiful” Initiative, also referred to as “Thirty by Thirty.” The recommendations urge the Administration to identify the lands and ...

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Nominations open for Sea Tow Foundation Boating Safety Advisory Council

The Sea Tow Foundation is now accepting nominations for membership in its national Boating Safety Advisory Council, with applications being accepted through April 19, 2022. New appointees will be chosen by the current council and executive committee, notified in mid May and serve a two-year term beginning June 1, 2022. According to Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail R. Kulp, ...

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Marine Recreation Association’s California Boating Congress to return in-person

The Marine Recreation Association (MRA) recently announced that after more than two years of COVID restrictions, the California Boating Congress (CBC) will return in-person from April 18 and 19, 2022, and bring together the marine industry and boating community to amplify the importance and economic impact of the marine industry and recreational boating in California.This year’s California Boating Congress is ...

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