Trade Associations

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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U.S. House passes bill to conserve Gulf reef fish

Reef fish conservation bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection H.R. 5126, Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use while fishing for reef fish in Gulf ...

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Coast Guard Foundation announces tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard

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The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced the 16th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard from our Nation’s Capital, held in a virtual format October 29, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern.  The event committee chair is ADM Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), ...

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ICOMIA World Marinas Conference webinar series starts today

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ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (WMC) Industry Reconnect webinar series will offer four sessions for marine industry stakeholders with leading industry panelists and Q&A sessions. The series runs October 6th through the 27th.ICOMIA WMC Industry Reconnect includes the following four 90-minute webinar sessions at no charge to registrants: State of the industry around the globeBoating and Tourism with Covid19 – what’s next?Technology looking ...

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Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund extended

U.S. Capitol

President Trump recently signed into law a short-term spending bill – which funds the federal government through December 11 at current spending levels. The measure averts a shutdown of the federal government and includes a provision to extend the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund) for one year – a top priority for the recreational boating industry. ...

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International boating community urges trade officials to remove tariffs

boating tariffs

NMMA, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), and the European Boating Industry (EBI) sent a letter to the United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) trade officials applauding their recent progress on trade negotiations and urging them to reach an agreement that removes the EU’s 25% tariff on U.S. manufactured boats. “Since 2018, the United States’ worldwide steel and aluminum ...

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NMRA Mel Barr Award goes to George Bellwoar

Mel Barr Award Winner

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) presented its 2020 Mel Barr Award to George Bellwoar, Perko Incorporated vice-president of sales and marketing. Named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of NMRA and its first president, the award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the marine industry. Bellwoar understands the importance ...

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IBEX Online Innovation Award winners

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The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference announced the 2020 IBEX Innovation Awards winners. Managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), the awards were presented at the opesning session. Five BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners submitted by marine trade companies. The seven category winners are: Boat Care and ...

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IBEX Online starts today

IBEX Online logo

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), being held virtually this year, runs today through Friday. IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience is a trade event designed to allow the industry to come together in a safe and productive environment. The Opening Session and Innovation Awards Presentation, sponsored by Interlux Yacht Finishes, AWLGRIP North America and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, will take ...

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