Trade Associations

NMMA says what to expect from Congress this summer

Capitol Hill

As COVID-19 gripped the country and world in the first half of 2020, the U.S. Congress hit pause on most of its previously scheduled work to focus almost entirely on the global pandemic. Now, with stay-at-home orders continuing to be lifted and sectors of the economy resuming operations, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are shifting some of their attention to measures ...

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Sea Tow member survey forecasts 2020 boating behavior

Sea Tow Foundation

As summer kicks into high-gear, the burning question across the boating industry has been – “what should we expect this season?”   In early June, Sea Tow Services International, Inc. – the leading provider of on-water assistance for boaters nationwide – surveyed 5,000 of its members in an effort to better understand the forthcoming actions of boaters and how habits may or may ...

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Outdoor recreation industry makes final push for Great American Outdoors Act

Over 100 outdoor businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to mom-and-pop shops, including specialty retailers, apparel, gear and vehicle manufacturers, outfitters and guides, campground and marina operators, and more sent a letter to Senate leadership urging swift passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in order to stimulate the outdoor recreation industry, made up of thousands of small businesses, and provide safe ...

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MRAA opens 2020 Dealer Week registration

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas opened dealer registration for Dealer Week 2020, to be held Dec. 8-11 in Austin, Texas. Dealer Week is a three-and-a-half day educational and networking event designed to give dealers insights, strategies, best practices and business solutions to help them strengthen their businesses. The annual conference of the MRAA, Dealer Week has hosted as ...

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Nominations for 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award due July 15

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award through July 15. The Award will be presented at the IBEX Industry Breakfast in Tampa, FL, and honors those who have generated or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. It recognizes marine leaders whose names and deeds are synonymous with ...

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NOAA announces four day South Atlantic red snapper season

South Atlantic Red Snapper

NOAA Fisheries announced anglers will have four days to harvest red snapper in the South Atlantic: July 10 - 12 and July 17. This is welcome news for the boating and fishing community considering the expectation in March was a zero to three-day season. Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy, said in a release, "Earlier this year, ...

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State of the Great Lakes report released

Great Lakes water report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently released the 2019 State of the Great Lakes (SOGL) report, which provides an overview of the status and trends of the Great Lakes ecosystem. “The Great Lakes is home to one of the world’s greatest bodies of fresh water and while progress on water quality is ...

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BoatUS Foundation president elected to sportfishing board

Chris Edmonston headshot

BoatUS Foundation president Chris Edmonston has been elected by the Center for Sportfishing Policy to a three-year term on the group’s board of directors. Edmonston was one of 14 members recently elected to various terms at the Center’s board meeting. The Center for Sportfishing Policy organizes and engages recreational fishing stakeholders to shape federal marine fisheries management policies. The nonpartisan ...

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Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary names first superintendent

Mallows Bay map

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that Paul "Sammy" Orlando will serve as the first superintendent of the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary in Maryland. Last year, NOAA designated Mallows Bay as the first new national marine sanctuary since 2000, which was supported by NMMA and the recreational boating and fishing community. Orlando joined NOAA in ...

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South Florida digital agency partners with MRAA for COVID-19 webinar

NMMA webinar

Harry Casimir, CEO of ATILUS and Boat Marketing Pros, is partnering with the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) to host a webinar titled “COVID-19 Recovery: SEO Tactics For Your Marine Industry Business." The webinar will be about digital marketing tactics to focus on during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. Boat dealerships and businesses in the marine industry have an ...

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