Trade Associations

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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Dealer Week announces schedule, session topics


Earlier this month, MRAA’s Dealer Week announced it would be virtual this year, and now the schedule and session topics have been posted at “Since we announced that this year’s Dealer Week would be hosted online, naturally people have been curious how the schedule would compare to last year’s event,” said Mike Davin, brand director at the MRAA. “What ...

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NMEA names 2020 Product of Excellence winners

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Product of Excellence Awards were presented in 17 categories, and Manufacturer of the Year went to Garmin, as the National Marine Electronics Association held their annual meeting on September 26. "On behalf of the NMEA Board of Directors, staff, and membership, we congratulate all 2020 award winners," said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA President & Executive Director. "The member voting count exceeded ...

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Bipartisan legislation to protect small businesses from natural disasters


U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Angus King (ME-I), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Kennedy (R-LA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Providing Resources for Emergency Preparedness and Resilient Enterprises (PREPARE) Act. This bipartisan legislation, which matches companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, would allow the Small Business Administration to make low-interest, fixed rate ...

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Kris Carroll inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently announced the induction of Kris Carroll, president of Grady-White Boats, into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Carroll will be presented with the 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award – the Association’s highest honor – during the Opening Session of the 2020 IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience (pre-registration required to attend) on September 29 at 10:30a.m. EST.  “I’m humbled ...

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Senate approves key boating and fishing conservation measure

Senate approves conservation measure

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act – legislation supported by the recreational boating and fishing community that will reauthorize or establish several important wildlife conservation programs. The measure now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives and NMMA is strongly encouraging lawmakers to swiftly approve the bill. The ACE Act helps conserve wildlife and wildlife ...

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