Trade Associations

RBFF adds 2 new members to board of directors

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) recently announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Ellen Bradley, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Chief Brand Officer and Bob Ziehmer Bass Pro Shops Senior Director of Conservation, will bring a wide range of expertise as RBFF pushes for its 60 in 60 goal. “With the challenges the boating ...

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NMMA PR efforts continue boating buzz

NMMA summer PR efforts continue to generate blockbuster media coverage, raising awareness about the benefits of the boating lifestyle and shining a spotlight on the U.S. recreational boating industry. Earlier this week, Fortune magazine published a feature story, As stir-crazy Americans take refuge on the water, the boating industry is booming, citing the newest NMMA data and including a host of interviews from ...

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Congress advances key boating safety priorities

Congress advances boating safety measure

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. NMMA played a critical role in shaping the bill—which includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the millions of Americans who take to the water each year.  The bill includes a provision that ...

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New wake boat study confirms industry-backed positions

New report on wakesurfing

A commission sanctioned by the New Hampshire Legislature recently issued its highly anticipated report on the various impacts of wake boats in the state, which confirmed many of the recreational boating industry’s positions on tow boats and water sports. In response, NMMA applauded the report’s conclusions and commended the commission for its comprehensive and fair and balanced analysis of the issue. While ...

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Norwalk Boat Show canceled

Norwalk Boat Show logo

With COVID-19 cases increasing around the country, widespread reports of inventory supply issues and Connecticut’s travel restrictions impacting residents from more than 30 states, NMMA has canceled this year’s Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show at Norwalk Cove Marina, which was scheduled to be held from September 24-27, 2020.  "While we remained hopeful that the show would proceed amid the evolving coronavirus situation, ...

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NMMA, MRAA form strategic partnership to expand Discover Boating

NMMA and MRAA today announced the merger of Grow Boating, Inc. into NMMA as part of a redefined strategic partnership between the two organizations. In addition, NMMA in Canada will work with the U.S.-based NMMA and MRAA to develop coordinated campaigns supporting a more unified North American brand.The efforts are designed to better-amplify and expand Discover Boating as the marine ...

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IBEX launches 2020 Innovation Awards Program

IBEX 2020 Innovation Awards

The prestigious Innovation Awards are transitioning to a virtual format as IBEX 2020 moves to an online experience. The 2020 Innovation Awards program will offer a way for the industry to recognize and honor innovation in new product development, while also giving deserved exposure to those exhibiting companies that participate. Innovation Award entrants and honorees will receive the following exposure:  All product entries will be featured on the IBEX website prior to the virtual ...

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ORR to announce 2020 Legends Awards in new series

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable will be announcing 2020’s Legends Awards in a new weekly series. Since 1991, Legends Awards have honored employees from federal agencies that manage outdoor recreation on public lands and waters for outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. Legends Awards are the only awards nominated by agency peers and are ...

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ABYC announces new workbook for future marine techs

ABYC tech training resource

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced the publication of a new student workbook to bolster the ABYC Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology textbook and curriculum package for high schools and technical colleges. The workbook will help teachers implement classroom and distance learning with a variety of homework exercises, hands-on job assignments, and links to video demonstrations. “During ABYC’s ...

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Senators call for outdoor recreation funding

Last week, a dozen U.S. Senators sent a letter to the chamber’s leadership urging them to include support for outdoor recreation and public land infrastructure jobs in the next COVID-19 relief package, drawing praise from NMMA. In the letter, the Senators note that more investment is needed in order to bring back jobs lost as outdoor recreation has decreased during the COVID-19 ...

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