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Get On Board webinar this Wednesday

Get On Board campaign

As COVID-19 continues to wear on Americans’ mental health, Discover Boating and Take Me Fishing™ launched a new public service campaign called Get On Board to raise awareness about the wellness benefits of boating and fishing. NMMA invites all members to join the Get On Board and #TheWaterIsOpen movement. A complimentary webinar is happening this Wednesday, July 15 at 2p.m. EST for partners to learn all about the campaign ...

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Congress moves to restore fishery restoration and conservation efforts

Capitol Hill

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress took important steps to reauthorize the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund) – a program that supports about $650 million annually in fishery restoration and conservation efforts, boating access and infrastructure, as well as fish stocking programs important to recreational anglers. Reauthorizing the Trust Fund is a top priority of the recreational boating ...

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IBEX 2020 announces transition to virtual event

IBEX 2020

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), scheduled for September 29 – October 1, 2020, announced today it will transition to a virtual only event allowing the entire marine industry to come together in a new way as an online community. This decision was made to pivot the in-person show to a virtual only event due to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

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Industry champions fight to protect small business from natural disasters

Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Jim Morelle (D-NY-25), Jack Bergman (R-MI-01), Jared Golden (D-ME-02), and Pete Stauber (R-MN-08) introduced landmark legislation backed by the recreational boating industry that would give small businesses the opportunity to access much needed capital to invest in disaster resilient infrastructure. The bill – formally known as the Providing Resources for Emergency Preparedness and Resilient Enterprises (PREPARE) Act ...

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RBFF fishing license study shows opportunities

Today, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the findings of a new fishing license mystery shopper study, which shows promising gains made by states in their online license purchase process. Each year, more and more consumers are purchasing a broader range of goods and services online, as well as from mobile devices. The Online Fishing License Assessment was conducted to ...

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NMRA awards 2020 Maritime Trades Scholarship

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) awarded its 2020 NMRA Maritime Trades Scholarship of $3,000 to Matthew Reynolds of Brohman, Mich. Established in 2008, the scholarship awards students of excellence who are pursuing a marine industry career. A 2019 graduate of White Cloud High School, White Cloud, Mich., Reynolds made only one college visit: Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse ...

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Florida Keys marine sanctuary seeking advisory council

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking applicants for four seats on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 17, 2020. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which ...

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MRAA launches customer experience education series

Operation Keep Your Customers Boating

With first-time boat buyers flocking to boat purchases in record numbers and overwhelming dealers across North America, the buying and ownership experience is at risk. With this in mind, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has announced a new education series of insights and resources designed to help dealership teams deliver world-class customer experiences. MRAA’s “Operation: Keep Your Customers ...

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NMMA monitors COVID-19 business liability laws

NMMA COVID-19 liability protection laws

As businesses deal with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NMMA says outdated business liability rules have come to the forefront of business protection needs on the federal and state level. While federal leaders have discussed how to tackle COVID-19 business liability, the organization says little progress has been made, which has led to several states enacting legislation or ...

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Final call for Hall Of Fame Award nominations

NMMA Hall of Fame Award logo

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award and will be accepted through July 15. As the Association’s most prestigious recognition, the annual Hall of Fame Award honors those who have generated or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. The Award will be presented during the IBEX Industry Breakfast in ...

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