Trade Associations

MIASF announces details of annual waterway cleanup

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) recently announced the details of the 44th Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup. Because participant safety is a top priority, some changes to this year’s event are being incorporated to minimize risk and ensure a healthy, enjoyable experience for all. Instead of the traditional one-day event, this year’s Waterway Cleanup will kick-off on March 6 and run ...

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More sign on to oppose state wake boat bill

New Hampshire wakeboat bill

A New Hampshire bill (HB 229) that would define a “wake boat” was hotly debated and overwhelmingly opposed before the New Hampshire House Resources Committee, which drew praise from recreational boating industry stakeholders. While in person testimony was nearly evenly split for and against the measure, more than 1,220 people joined NMMA and WSIA in registering opposition to the bill, ...

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Future of Boat Design panel at AMI Conference & Expo

AMI Virtual Conference begins

After a week of successful exhibit hall visits, networking and educational sessions, the 2021 Virtual Association of Marina Industries (AMI) Conference & Expo neared the end of the major portion of its conference with a panel discussion, the Future of Boat Design, on February 4. This session—moderated by Conference & Expo Master of Ceremonies, Jim Frye, CMM, Westrec Marinas—included Sean Marrero, ...

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Bay Bridge Boat Show announces expanded format

Bay Bridge Boat Show expands

The Annapolis Boat Shows is set to combine their two spring shows into one expanded four-day 2021 Bay Bridge Boat Show. From April 15-18, the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Md will host the largest, in-water power and sailboat show in the Mid-Atlantic. Attendees will have the opportunity to climb aboard hundreds of boats, both power and sail, as well as ...

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Senators re-introduce Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act

driftnet fishing legislation passes

The bi-partisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act was introduced again in the Senate, led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) to end the use of large-mesh drift gillnets in U.S. ocean waters. These mile-long, nearly invisible nets drift overnight to catch swordfish off California, but entangle, injure and kill more than 70 other species of marine life. Companion legislation (H.R. 404) was introduced in the House last month by Representatives ...

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NMMA, RBFF and MRAA call for input on retention needs


With a surge in new boating and fishing participants in 2020, it is essential to ensure newcomers embrace fishing and boating for years to come. NMMA, RBFF and MRAA have compiled a five-minute survey to help guide and prioritize items for a retention toolkit to support your customer engagement and retention efforts in 2021.  While NMMA, MRAA and RBFF have customer engagement ...

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NMMA announces dates for virtual 2021 American Boating Congress

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that the 2021 American Boating Congress (ABC) will be held virtually April 21-22. More than 900 recreational boating industry stakeholders participated in last year’s annual advocacy summit, and NMMA is hoping to meet and exceed the record turnout this year. Featuring remarks from members of Congress, administration officials, and key political movers and ...

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Boating Industry makes final call for 2021 40 Under 40 nominations

Now in its fifth year, Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 program will return in early 2021. However, there are just a few days left to submit nominations for the 2021 program. The editorial staff at Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which highlights the best young leaders across all segments of the marine industry. Each year, Boating Industry receives ...

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NATDA seeks nominations for new dealer advisory board

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announced a call for nominations for its new Dealer Advisory Board. This Board will be involved in advising the association on dealer-related matters, concerns and support needs to improve upon benefits and offerings NATDA provides to its dealer members.  NATDA is searching for Dealer Members who are passionate about the industry and want to ...

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Discover Boating offers free marketing materials

Discover Boating

With consumer demand for new boats surging across the country in 2020, and showing no signs of slowing down in 2021, this is a great time to nurture and engage newcomers as well as to continue acquiring new boaters.  Discover Boating B2B, the online industry resource center, offers free tools and marketing materials at your fingertips to help improve consumer ...

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