Trade Associations

Canada’s first-ever Virtual Boat Show successfully concludes

Virtual Toronto Boat Show

The 2021 Virtual Toronto International Boat Show has successfully concluded its seven-day show, January 18 – 24, during an unprecedented year that saw Canada’s largest in-person boating event go virtual for the first time in its 60+ year history. After announcing the cancellation last September of its annual indoor event in light of the pandemic, Canadian Boat Shows forged ahead to ...

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Virtual AMI Conference & Expo opens Wednesday

AMI Virtual Conference begins

The 2021 Virtual Association of Marina Industries (AMI) Conference & Expo scheduled for January 27, 2021 - February 17, 2021, will kick-off its educational component with three comprehensive pre-conference training events, beginning January 27. The conference expanded the overall agenda for the move to a full virtual event. The three educational topics include a workshop focusing on lessons learned from ...

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Wholesale boat shipments ease in November

wholesale boat shipments

The NMMA reports new boat manufacturing activity in November was up 3% year over year, and down 18% compared to October on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to the November Monthly Shipment Report (MSR). While wholesale boat shipments slowed in November, this was primarily driven by a pullback in shipments in personal watercraft (PWC) following a summer of elevated growth. Other boat categories ...

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TowBoatUS names Tower of the Year

TowBoatUS Tower of the Year

TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona, Georgia, owned by Capt. Chris Day, was awarded “Tower of the Year” at the annual gathering of the TowBoatUS fleet, which was held virtually. The honor recognizes professionalism in providing recreational boaters with 24/7 on-water towing and assistance services. The award was bestowed on the company for its near-perfect 24-hour towing dispatch operation, high customer satisfaction and ...

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Sea Tow Foundation accepting applications for life jacket loaner stations

Sea Tow Life Jacket Loaner Station

The Sea Tow Foundation – a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of safe boating practices – has announced that those passionate about boating and saving lives through life jacket use, can apply to host a loaner station, or restock one in their community.  As part of a grant administered through the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sport Fish Restoration & ...

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New study offers insights for retaining new boaters and anglers

RBFF fishing study

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) released findings of a major national research study in partnership with global market-research firm IPSOS to provide the industry with insights for retaining and engaging new boaters and anglers. The study, titled Casting a Wide Net: Identifying New Anglers and Boaters and Determining Tactics for Retention, projects millions of new and returning anglers and boaters to ...

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Marine Industries Association announces waterway cleanup contest winner

Marine Industries Association of South Florida

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) announced that Taylor de Don, a student at South Broward High School, is the winner of MIASF’s inaugural Waterway Cleanup Poster Contest. Taylor wins a $500 scholarship, and her artwork will be used as the official poster and flyer for this year’s event, which kicks-off March 6, 2021. Thirteen students submitted entries ...

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NMRA announces 2021 marine trades scholarship


The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) is offering a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding student pursuing education and a career in the marine trades. High school seniors, and college and vocational students are encouraged to apply. The application is at and must be received by April 1, 2021. "We've awarded students working towards a wide range of careers including boatbuilding, marine ...

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Miami Boat and Yacht Shows join forces

Miami International Bow Show logo

The NMMA announced today a landmark partnership with Informa Markets to create the first joint production of South Florida’s preeminent winter boat shows—the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS), Miami Yacht Show (MYS) and Superyacht Miami. Set to debut Wednesday, February 16 through Sunday, February 20, 2022 over Presidents Day weekend, the joint event—which will carry the Miami International Boat Show name—will deliver enhanced value ...

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States sign invasive carp prevention agreement

Brandon Road Lock and Dam

The governors of Illinois and Michigan have agreed to work jointly to protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp species. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Gov. JB Pritzker recently announced an intergovernmental agreement between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) which allows Illinois to use up to $8 million in funds ...

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