Trade Associations

ABYC to host third Educator Training Conference

ABYC Educator Training Conference logo

The ABYC Foundation is hosting its third Educator Training Conference July 21-22, 2022. The two-day virtual conference is designed for high school and post-secondary instructors and administrators who either are teaching or are thinking about teaching marine service technology in their schools. Marine industry leaders who are interested in addressing workforce development are also encouraged to attend to connect with ...

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RBFF awards 2022 state R3 grants

Through its State R3 Program Grants, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) recently awarded funds to 11 programs in 10 states. Now in its eighth year, the State R3 Program Grants’ goal is to support state recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) initiatives to increase fishing and boating participation. The programs must focus on one of three areas: Communicate the relevance ...

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Boater education bill forges ahead in Minnesota

Minnesota state legislators last week introduced companion boater education legislation (SF3392, HF3787) to expand existing youth operator requirements to eventually phase in all boaters. Introduced by Senator Carrie Ruud (R) and Representative Erin Koegel, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) supports these companion bills in its larger effort to establish and increase boater education across the country. The NMMA and Marine ...

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NMMA salutes 2022 STEP Ahead honorees

STEP Ahead Awards

To kick off Women's History Month, NMMA congratulated Allison Lemasters of Malibu Boats, LLC, Nicole McDonald and Brenna Preisser of Brunswick Corporation, and Wendy Scholler of Mercury Marine on receiving the Manufacturing Institute's 2022 STEP Ahead Awards. From the factory floor to the C-suite, the STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Production) Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in ...

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MRAA, VRZ release service department study results

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), in collaboration with VRZ Consulting, released the results of a comprehensive, marine industry service department study. The survey results, which featured insights from more than 260 marine service departments, outlines some of the challenges dealerships face in repairing boats more quickly. The genesis of the study came out of a summer 2021 ...

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Outdoor groups push for strategic use of infrastructure funding

Outdoors Recreation Act

Wednesday, 51 hunting, fishing, conservation, landowner, and business organizations representing the $689-billion outdoor recreation economy and millions of Americans wrote to the Biden-Harris Administration with several key recommendations for implementation of the landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Enacted into law on November 15, 2021, the $1.2-trillion IIJA provides a critical infusion of resources to advance infrastructure solutions that recognize ...

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MIASF announces 45th annual Broward Waterway Cleanup

Broward County Waterway Cleanuup

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida anticipates more than 1,000 volunteers throughout the community to participate in the 45th Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup on Saturday, March 5th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Established in 1967, this historic event is the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event and aims to ensure that both the community as a whole ...

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U.S. DoT announces new funding for supply chain resiliency

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently announced nearly $450 million in newly available grant funding for port-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP)—by far the largest investment in the program ever. These grants will help ports expand capacity and improve the movement of goods through the nation’s supply chains. The announcement comes after passage of ...

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NMMA Canada hosts virtual State of the Industry event

Earlier this month, NMMA Canada held a virtual State of the Industry virtual event attended by about 200 marine professionals from across the country and beyond. The presentations included insights into boating consumer demographics by Boating Industry Canada editor Andy Adams; an update on boat and engine sales and NMMA’s advocacy work by president Sara Anghel; and a keynote on ...

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Recreational boating industry, partners kick off Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week

The recreational boating industry and outdoor recreation partners and agencies kicked off Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week, running February 28 through March 4, 2022.Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are aquatic organisms that invade ecosystems beyond their natural, historic range and whose introduction can cause significant economic and environmental damage to regions. While AIS are in every region of the U.S., several ...

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