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NMMA participates in Congressional briefing on fisheries

NMMA National Marine Manufacturers Association

NMMA this week participated in a Hill briefing hosted by OCEANA, which focused on NOAA’s proposed rule to address ship strikes to endangered North Atlantic right whales and educated over 50 congressional staffers on the need for major revisions to NOAA’s proposal in order to achieve the shared goal of protecting the North Atlantic right whale population. As America’s original ...

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NMMA State Advocacy Team secures victories in boating access

As state legislative sessions near their final days, boating access rights have been at risk across the United States. Lawmakers, agencies, and special interest groups across several states have attempted to regulate towed water sports, specifically wakesurfing, due to erroneous claims that the activity has a negative impact on waterway shorelines.The NMMA State Advocacy team, alongside the Water Sports Industry ...

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Innovation: A bipartisan no-brainer

By Bill Yeargin Many people don’t realize how close the pandemic and related supply chain issues have come to both shutting down the U.S. economy and putting our national security at significant risk. And the risk was largely related to semiconductor chips. 92% of semiconductor chips are made outside the U.S., and these chips are in almost everything. According to ...

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Minnesota boater education bill moves ahead

As the weather warms and boating season nears in the Great Lakes region, Minnesota lawmakers are inching closer to officially expanding boater education to include adult operators. Last Thursday the Minnesota House of Representatives passed its omnibus environment and natural resources bill, HF4492/SF4062. The bill will return to the Senate, where a conference committee is expected to work out the differences ...

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ORR applauds 2022 Omnibus provisions

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) recently celebrated two provisions key to bolstering the outdoor recreation industry in the recently passed FY 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Along with applauding the bipartisan funding of the government, ORR applauds the continued funding of $1.5 million for the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA). Additionally, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) authored a requirement for the ...

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U.S., U.K. reach deal on Section 232 tariffs

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The United States Department of Commerce announced the U.S. and United Kingdom (U.K.) reached a deal to ease steel and aluminum tariffs, allowing U.K. steel and aluminum products to enter the U.S. without application of Section 232 tariffs. Retaliatory tariffs on over $500 million worth of U.S. exports to the U.K on goods, including American-made recreational boats, will be lifted. Since ...

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Federal spending bill prioritizes boating community efforts

President Biden signed into law last week the fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriation bills, which includes a vast majority of the recreational boating industry’s funding priorities, and takes into account funding for the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).Included in the $1.5 trillion spending bill are important programs that benefit ...

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MRAA submits formal recommendations to ‘America the Beautiful’ Initiative

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and 44 other members of the Hunt Fish 30x30 Coalition submitted formal comments to the Federal Register regarding the American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas (Atlas), a key component of the Biden Administration’s “America the Beautiful” Initiative, also referred to as “Thirty by Thirty.” The recommendations urge the Administration to identify the lands and ...

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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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Department of the Interior announces $1.5B in Funding for conservation, outdoor recreation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, last week announced a record $1.5 billion in annual funding through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program to support state and local outdoor recreational opportunities, and wildlife and habitat conservation efforts. The announcement includes historic levels of funding for the Sport Fish Restoration ...

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