Trade Associations

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! announces partnership with Shearwater Boats

Shearwater Boats named new Ladies Let's Go Fishing partner

The "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" educational series has announced Shearwater Boats as its new official boat partner. The relationship furthers efforts to encourage the female sector to participate in fishing and boating through educational programming. Lowrance and Bob’s Machine are also new partners, with their products to be featured on this showcase boat.    Known for its emphasis on conservation, ...

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Georgia DNR seeking nominees for coastal marshlands committee

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division is seeking nominees for appointment to the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Shore Protection Committee, for the four-year term 2021 to 2024. Nominees are being sought who, by reason of their occupational or other experience, scientific expertise, legal expertise, or training, are knowledgeable regarding the conservation, development uses, and management ...

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ABYC readies for virtual Standards Week

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The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that develops the safety standards for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of recreational boats, announced its 12th annual Standards Week will be extended and held virtually, Jan. 5-21, 2021. What has usually taken place over a week of day long meetings will be extended to four weeks. The ABYC events ...

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NMMA provides state-by-state advocacy recaps

NMMA recently released a state-by-state recap of the association's advocacy efforts for September in two different regions. Northeast Region Sales Tax: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s final budget does not include any tax changes for the boating industry. Governor Murphy had previously proposed removing the reduced boat sales tax as well as the sales tax cap in his budget proposal. This ...

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RBFF to open 2021 grant cycle for George H.W. Bush Vamos a Pascar Education Fund

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation will open its 2021 grants cycle for the George H.W. Bush Vamos a Pescar Education Fund by October 31, 2020. The grants will provide key program funding to support local organizations nationwide in their initiatives to engage Hispanic Americans in fishing, boating, and conserving our waterways.  A record breaking number of Hispanic Americans — a total of 4.4 million — ...

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NATDA offers new health benefits to all members

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA), through a partnership with Meridio and enhancedcareMD, recently unveiled a new health and wellness benefit plan - the Enhanced Wellness Program - now available to all NATDA members. Many employers face difficulties in providing health coverage to employees due to rising costs, often resulting in a loss of valuable members of the industry. ...

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IBEX reports successful virtual experience

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The IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience, launched by IBEX LLC, held virtually September 29 – October 2, 2020, ended with positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike. For the first-ever IBEX Online, nearly 3,000 visitors registered from 25 countries to take part and over 1,650 exhibitor representatives participated from 474 companies representing 10 countries. There were more than 4,000 connections ...

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Sea Tow Foundation announces deadline for “National Boating Industry Safety Awards”

NationalBoating Industry Safety Awards

Applications are due October 15 for the 2020 National Boating Industry Safety Awards. Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail R. Kulp encourages entry from all recreational marine organizations in the for-profit sector who actively promote boating safety. “Our awards program was established to recognize those companies throughout the for-profit sector of recreational marine industry who are doing an outstanding job ...

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Wakeboarding Hall of Fame announces new members

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The 2020 Wakeboarding Hall of Fame has announced their 2020 inductees, each of them pioneering athletes. The group includes Shannon Best, Mike Weddington, Zane Schwenk, Greg Nelson, Kristin (Buster) Lutgert Cartwright and early innovators Brannon Meek and Rich Goforth.  The group also includes Lifetime Achievement recognition for pioneering wakeboarder and waterman Scott Harwood and recognition for lifelong boat manufacturer Walter ...

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Bipartisan bill to clean up marine debris passes House

Save Our Seas Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation led by House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) along with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to strengthen the federal response to marine debris. Save Our Seas 2.0 – which is supported by the recreational boating community – builds on the ...

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