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NMMA’s Thom Dammrich receives WSIA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Watersports Industry Association (WSIA) presented NMMA president Thom Dammrich with its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award during the association’s annual Summit earlier this month. The Lifetime Achievement Award is WSIA's highest honor and recognizes an individual whose career has been dedicated to the progression and promotion of towed water sports.  The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by WSIA's Kevin ...

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Survey finds power equipment misfueling on the rise

A new study commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults, shows that for the sixth year in a row consumer confusion reigns supreme at the gas pump due to changes in the fuels marketplace, especially when it comes to fueling outdoor power equipment, boats, snowmobiles, personal transport vehicles, golf ...

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House approves Natural Resources Management Act, awaits President Trump’s signature

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47) – bipartisan legislation would bolster conservation efforts and access to public lands and waters. NMMA applauded the bill’s passage – a top priority of the outdoor recreation community – and urged President Trump to sign it into law. “The House’s unanimous approval of the National ...

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NOAA, recreational boat and fishing community sign memorandum of agreement

During an event at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and representatives of the recreational boating and fishing community – led by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) – signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which seeks to develop and expand a framework of cooperation for planning and implementing mutually ...

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NMMA recognizes CSI Award winners, presents Alan J. Freedman Award

The NMMA honored John Thommen, Founder and CEO, Ocean Marketing, Inc., with the 2019 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation. The award was presented during the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show’s annual Innovation Breakfast.   “NMMA is honored to present John Thommen with ...

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NMMA applauds reintroduction of E15 Consumer Protection Bill

Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL-21) and Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA-08), members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation to more clearly define and label E15 ethanol blended gasoline at pumps. The legislation, known as the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act, would better protect consumers from misfuelling with E15 – a major NMMA advocacy priority that the association helped ...

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BoatUS to hold on-water training events at MIBS 2019

After completing a successful pilot program in 2018, which included NMMA’s Tampa and Norwalk boat shows, BoatUS is launching the BoatUS Foundation On-Water Training Program at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. The Miami Boat Show program will offer two courses to attendees – Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves – and is the kickoff of a nationwide rollout in 2019 with 39 additional ...

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NMMA announces Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs

NMMA welcomed Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Representative Lois Frankel (D-FL-21), and Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2) as the Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs in the 116th Congress. Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the caucus is a bipartisan group of more than 100 U.S. Senators and Representatives formed in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry. ...

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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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