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Recreational boating industry sees seventh consecutive year of growth in 2018

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that retail unit sales of new powerboats were up an estimated 4 percent in 2018 to approximately 280,000 units, the highest total since 2007. The outlook for 2019 remains positive with continued growth expected to bring a 3-4 percent increase in new powerboat retail sales. As one of the country’s growing outdoor recreation activities, NMMA ...

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Recreation leaders meet with Agriculture Secretary, highlight opportunities for 2019

Recreation took center stage at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Jan. 8 as Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) leaders and recreation company CEOs met with Secretary Sonny Perdue, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Jim Hubbard and other key officials.  The group noted the importance of national forests to many recreational activities, and highlighted the world-class experiences ...

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President Trump signs Modern Fish Act

The recreational fishing and boating community is celebrating the enactment of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), which was signed into law by President Trump Dec. 31. The Modern Fish Act finally recognizes in federal law the differences between recreational and commercial fishing and adds more appropriate management tools for policymakers to use in managing federal ...

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NMMA board hires presidential successor search firm

As the National Marine Manufacturers Association prepares for the September 2019 retirement of President Thom Dammrich, a committee of boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, along with Dammrich, recently met in Atlanta, Ga. to interview a number of executive search firms. The board-based committee issued a request for proposals in the fall and after a comprehensive and careful review selected ...

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NMMA Joins OPEI for E15 consumer education

The National Marine Manufacturers Association partnership with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute has launched “Protect Your Power” – a consumer education campaign in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement and intention to expand the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) year-round. NMMA and OPEI have long advised and educated consumers about the challenges E15 pose to smaller engines, ...

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NMMA sounds loud alarm on year-round E15

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that his administration is moving to allow year-round sale of 15 percent ethanol blended fuel, or E15.   The National Marine Manufacturers Association and its coalition partners worked to prevent this action and are evaluating options to thwart the E15 sale expansion.  “President Trump’s decision to proceed with year-round E15 sales places bad policy on top ...

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IBEX announces winners of 2018 Innovation Awards

The 2018 Innovation Awards, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), were presented at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) during the annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Eight BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners among dozens of entries submitted by marine trade companies.  ...

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NMMA President Thom Dammrich announces retirement, named 2018 Hall of Fame recipient

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today the recipient of the 2018 Hall of Fame Award is NMMA President Thom Dammrich. Dammrich, who has nearly 20 years at the helm of the NMMA, will be inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame – the association’s most prestigious recognition – during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) annual Industry Breakfast Tuesday, Oct. 2. ...

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NMMA ramps up advocacy efforts after Congressional summer recess

Last week, NMMA and their members held several events and meetings on Capitol Hill and with the administration to highlight the recreational boating industry’s priorities – including trade, the Modern Fish Act, E15, and workforce development. The November midterm elections are just around the corner and NMMA is working diligently to accomplish the industry’s objectives before the end of the ...

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Trade organizations urge governments to resolve remaining NAFTA differences

Preserving a strong trilateral agreement is essential to tens of thousands of marine manufacturing businesses in North America and a top National Marine Manufacturers Association priority. Last Friday, U. S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s notified Congress that the Trump Administration plans to proceed on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with or without Canada. “This announcement is a ...

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