Trade Associations

Maryland lifts restriction on boating access

Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that his administration is lifting restrictions on motorized boating starting today at 7:00 a.m. ET. In response, NMMA applauded the decision, calling the move a responsible approach to balancing the need for social distancing with access to outdoor recreation. Leading up to the announcement, more than 1,000 Boating United advocates contacted Governor Hogan in ...

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Labor Secretary Scalia confirmed for ABC 2020

NMMA announced that United States Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia will deliver remarks to kick off day two (Thursday, May 14) of the virtual 2020 American Boating Congress (ABC). If you have not registered yet, there is still time – click here to sign up for ABC 2020. The virtual ABC will be held on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May ...

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Outdoor industry urges Congressional action, support

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) recently released a letter signed by 29 national outdoor recreation trade associations, supporting over 100,000 businesses, urging Congress to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). This legislation would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the nation’s public lands maintenance backlog in order to support rural communities and rescue the outdoor ...

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ABYC Foundation awards scholarships for future techs

The American Boat & Yacht Council Foundation (ABYC Foundation) recently announced the awarding of several student scholarships, with financial assistance of the Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation, including the following:  Five outstanding students received scholarships or tool stipends to help continue their studies at Ft. Myers Technical College in Florida. Nine students benefited from the scholarship fund at the NC Marine ...

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Coast Guard Foundation supports COVID-19 quarantine spaces

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and well-being of all Coast Guard members and their families, has supported quarantine spaces at Coast Guard units across the country – completing 118 spaces in all – to assist the service with sustaining maximum personnel flexibility and mission readiness. Like the rest of the nation, Coast Guard members ...

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MIASF announces service tech apprenticeship program news

Jonathan Lowell

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and Atlantic Technical College (ATC) have selected Jonathan Lowell, founder of Iguana Marine, as the instructor for the first yacht service technician apprenticeship program in Florida. The two-year program, which will be administered online for the time being, gives apprentices a basic set of shipyard skills to jump start a career in ...

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Marine CEOs give insight to COVID-19 impact

NMMA’s Q1 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. marine manufacturing, is now available. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new section of the survey was added to capture specific feedback relating to business impacts – from supply chain disruptions to plant closures and labor separations. This feedback will ...

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Boating and fishing industries unite for summer marketing

Today, RBFF and NMMA announced the creation of an industry-wide marketing campaign to launch this summer as states start to relax stay-at-home restrictions. With the industry working to rebuild coming out of COVID-19-related quarantine, the campaign will share the restorative power of recreational boating and fishing at a time when the wellbeing of Americans is front and center. “Consumer insights show ...

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ORR shares results of member survey on COVID-19 impact

An Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) member survey, in partnership with the Oregon State University Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative, finds that the outdoor recreation industry is facing dramatically decreased sales and revenue, difficulties with production and distribution and large numbers of furloughs and layoffs. ORR surveyed its member trade associations representing over 100,000 businesses from RVing and camping to boating and ...

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Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to speak at virtual ABC

NMMA announced that United States Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt will deliver remarks during day two (Thursday, May 14) of the virtual 2020 American Boating Congress (ABC). If you have not registered yet, there is still time – click here to sign up for ABC 2020. The virtual ABC will be held on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 ...

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