Forty-seven companies from seven states and about 200 potential employees crowded a marine industry job fair in Newport, R.I., in early March.

Energy and enthusiasm at Rhode Island career fair

An estimated 200 job seekers attended the 10th annual Marine & Composites Industry Career Day in Newport, R.I., a turnout that bodes well for an industry finally on the mend and, in many cases, starved for focused, motivated workers who can grow with a company.

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An affordable path to job skills

Marine industry companies commonly complain that there aren’t enough qualified candidates for the jobs they are trying to fill. Technology’s rapid and constant evolution is exacerbating the problem, and the dark days of what we now call the Great Recession have done more to drain the talent pool than fill it.

VIDEO: US Sailing hands out Rolex awards

NEW YORK — After three years on the West Coast, the annual US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards ceremony returned Thursday to the iconic Model Room at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.

The Jan. 23-25 show had 165 
exhibitors and more seminars and sponsors this year.

Show toughs out a snow sandwich

Overall attendance at the Providence Boat Show was down 7 percent, but organizers attribute the drop to the New England winter rather than a lack of enthusiasm among buyers and sellers.

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What a difference a date makes

NEW YORK — Attendance at this year’s New York Boat Show was up 19 percent (to slightly more than 34,000) and exhibitors attribute the increase to an improving economy and more favorable dates for the January show, now in its 110th year.

Visitors, many dressed in Seahawks gear, had more than 1,000 boats to see.

A winner for Seattle’s marine industry

The 68th annual Seattle Boat Show drew its typical 50,000-plus visitors and marked another clear step up in sales activity, says the regional marine trades association that owns and produces the show.

Al Behrendt speaks at a press conference announcing Active Interest Media’s acquisition of the Bahamas Billfish Championship and the Dania Beach (Fla.) Marine Flea Market. Others (from left) are Jennifer Dudas, Behrendt’s daughter and the producer of the tournament series and the flea market; Anglers Journal editor-in-chief William Sisson; AIM Marine Group group publisher Gary De Sanctis; and AIM chairman and CEO Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III.

AIM plans for future of Bahamas Billfish Championship

MIAMI — Although the deal was announced on the eve of the Miami boat shows, Active Interest Media hosted a formal news conference last Friday at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach on its acquisition of the Bahamas Billfish Championship.

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MIAMI 2015: Superyacht marina takes shape for 2016

MIAMI — Among the events at last week’s Miami boat shows was a gathering hosted by Show Management and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association on nearby Watson Island, where a superyacht marina is taking shape that will increase the footprint of the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach next year.

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