Weekly 5: Senate passes Sportsmen’s Act provisions

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com.

1. Senate passes Sportsmen’s Act provisions as part of Energy Reform Bill

Several important goals of the recreational fishing community have been passed as part of this year’s energy reform bill, the American Sportfishing Association reported.

The U.S. Senate approved amendment No. 3234, offered by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., which consisted of several provisions found in the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.

Included in the final bill were:

  • Authorizing the National Fish Habitat Partnership program
  • Requiring certain public lands to be open for recreational fishing and hunting unless specifically closed through an open and public process
  • Requiring a portion of Land and Water Conservation Funds be made available for the improvement of recreational access to federal lands
  • Reauthorizing the Federal Land Transfer Facilitation Act
  • Reauthorizing the North American Wetland Conservation Act

2. Canadian outboard shipments up in March

NMMA reports that through March, wholesale shipments of outboard engines in Canada for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers were up 16 percent year over year for a rolling 12-month period. Corresponding dollars were up 29 percent and warranty card registrations were up 4.2 percent.

3. Marina renovation at Miami show site proving controversial

Plans to renovate the redevelop Miami’s Rickenbacker and Marine Stadium marinas on Virginia Key, site of the Miami International Boat Show, has prompted protests and allegations of mistakes in the bidding process, the Miami Herald reported.

According to the paper, the city’s leaders wants to redesign the area as a “high-grossing destination.”

The city’s top administrator has endorsed a $100 million plan by RCI Group to tear down much of what exists on the site’s 10-acre upland and build the Virginia Key Harbour & Marine Center. The project would include improved storage facilities, restaurants and more.

4. Everything you think you know about interruptions is wrong

Contrary to popular belief, interruptions make you more efficient, not less, Fast Company says.

That’s according to two recent studies, where researchers said they believe that when workers are aware of interruptions that could potentially slow them down, they develop strategies to compensate or even overcompensate. In other words, because you know you might be interrupted, you’ll work faster on the task at hand.

5. 6 Instagram tools to improve your marketing

Want to take your Instagram marketing to the next level?

In this article, Social Media Examiner offers six tools to help you do just that.


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