Tag Archives: AIS

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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NMMA hosts invasive species event on Capitol Hill

Last week, NMMA – in coordination with the Congressional Boating Caucus (CBC) – hosted a briefing event for nearly 50 congressional staff in Washington, D.C. to examine the role Congress can play in combatting aquatic invasive species (AIS). The event – titled “How Congress Can Help Address Aquatic Invasive Species” – featured opening remarks from Representative John Garamendi (D-CA-03). Representative ...

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New Jersey Governor pledges fight against harmful algal blooms

Late last month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that his administration will distribute more than $13 million to fund a new initiative to reduce and prevent future harmful algal bloom outbreaks in New Jersey. The NMMA said it applauded the program, which will fund science-based prevention, mitigation, study, and response efforts across the state. "The presence of harmful algal ...

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Congress moves forward against marine debris

The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee advanced key legislation to address the growing global marine debris crisis late last week. The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act (S.1982/H.R.2969) – sponsored by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) – would create a federal marine debris foundation, establish a “genius prize” to encourage the development of solutions to ...

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Congressional Boating Caucus discusses invasive species impact

NMMA – in coordination with the Congressional Boating Caucus (CBC) – hosted a briefing event for nearly 100 congressional staffers in Washington, D.C. to examine the environmental and economic problems created by aquatic invasive species (AIS). The event – titled “How Aquatic Invasive Species are Hurting Communities Throughout the Country” – featured opening remarks from Representative James Comer (R-KY-01) and ...

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NMMA participates in AIS roundtable

On Monday, NMMA director of state government relations, Libby Yranski participated in an aquatic invasive species (AIS) discussion at the Western Governors’ Association’s (WGA) annual meeting in Colorado. Combatting and prevent the spread of AIS is a top recreational boating industry advocacy priority at every level of government. During the panel discussion, Yranski spoke alongside Elizabeth Brown, Colorado’s Invasive Species ...

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NMMA urges Army Corp to proceed with AIS prevention measures

On Tuesday, the Boating and Fishing Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coalition submitted public comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, calling on the Corp to implement projects recommend in the Brand Roads Lock and Dam Report, which will help combat the spread of AIS to the Great Lakes. The coalition was established by NMMA and its partner organizations during ...

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NMMA holds first boating and fishing aquatic invasive species coalition meeting

On Monday, NMMA hosted the inaugural meeting of the Boating and Fishing Aquatic Invasive Species Coalition, which is comprised of stakeholder organizations from around the country. The coalition, spearheaded my NMMA, was formed to present a united front on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) policies at the federal level. At the meeting, the coalition unanimously agreed to support the U.S. Army ...

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