Trade Associations

U.S. boats spared from Canadian retaliatory tariffs

boating tariffs

Following the Trump administration’s decision to reimpose tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada, the Canadian government announced that it will impose dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products. Unlike the previous aluminum and steel tariff dispute between the two countries, U.S. boats were not included on the initial list of products that will be subject to the countermeasure, which NMMA and ...

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NOAA urges hurricane preparedness

NOAA urges hurricane preparedness

Atmospheric and oceanic conditions are primed to fuel storm development in the Atlantic, leading to what could be an “extremely active” season, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.  The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been off to a rapid pace with a record-setting nine named storms so far and has the ...

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Decision to strengthen striped bass populations is applauded

Striped Bass protection

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously to improve management strategies for Atlantic menhaden, by requiring consideration for the small baitfish’s impact on fish up the food chain. Economically important sportfish such as striped bass rely on healthy menhaden populations for survival. After recreational anglers weighed in, the Commission adopted the new ecological management system, which considers the needs ...

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California Legislature puts off bill to create Year-Round fishing licenses

California sportfishing

A bill to create year-round sportfishing licenses will not be addressed by the California Legislature this year due to the truncated legislative session. Under current law, fishing licenses expire on December 31 of each year regardless of when the license is purchased, which NMMA and the recreational boating and fishing community are working to fix. “California anglers have every reason ...

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President Trump signs Great American Outdoors Act

Recently, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which is the single largest investment in America’s public lands and waters in decades. The official signing of the bill caps off years of advocacy from NMMA, the recreational boating community, and the outdoor recreation industry. The Great American Outdoors Act addresses two long-standing priorities of the outdoor recreation community. ...

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IBEX announces judging panel for 2020 Innovation Awards

IBEX Online registration opens

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), announced the judges for the 2020 Innovation Awards Program. Due to IBEX transitioning to a virtual format, the program, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), will also follow a newly designed, virtual format. The five BWI judges have different technical backgrounds and boating experience. Entries are currently being accepted through Friday, ...

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‘Get On Board’ campaign offers new social toolkit content

Discover Boating has updated its online toolkit with new visual assets, including a new boating video and social content for industry stakeholders to help amplify the "Get On Board" campaign launched in conjunction with Take Me Fishing. The movement and organization asks the industry to join together and keep boating and fishing top of mind during these last days of summer while also providing ...

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IBEX announces plans for Virtual Experience

IBEX Virtual Conference

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), announced details of its first ever virtual tradeshow, IBEX Online: A Virtual Event. Scheduled to launch September 29, the free digital tradeshow will be built around the concepts of Connection, New Products and Innovation, and Education, and will allow the industry to come together in a safe and productive environment. “The IBEX team has invested ...

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Boating industry priorities included in House spending packages

U.S. House of Representatives

Ahead of the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a “minibus”—a legislative package that contains multiple appropriations bills—which includes the vast majority of the recreational boating industry’s funding priorities. In total, NMMA secured $850 million for conservation initiatives and infrastructure programs. The spending package includes funding for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Interior, and the U.S. ...

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ABYC publishes updated Boat Building and Repair Standards

ABYC logo

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) published its 60th supplement of Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which provides the marine industry with the latest in boat building and repair standards. “This year’s supplement contains a much anticipated technical information report on lithium ion batteries, which provides valuable and much needed guidance to the industry on this ...

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