B.A.S.S. online advocacy initiative gains support

A new online advocacy system is being rolled out to enable recreational saltwater anglers to easily call, write, email or tweet their federal officials quickly and easily to advocate on behalf of the industry.

NMMA accuses opponents of ‘mistruths’ about Miami show site

Organizers of the Miami International Boat Show are setting the record straight about what they are calling “an aggressive campaign of mistruths” launched by the village of Key Biscayne, including issues around the docks, the environment and traffic.

EPA proposes increase in ethanol levels in fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed increasing the amount of ethanol required in the overall fuel supply, although it lowered the amounts required by the Clean Air Act, angering both critics and supporters of ethanol.

VIDEO: Key Biscayne plans PR blitz against Miami show

The village of Key Biscayne hired a public relations firm in March to help “shape public opinion” about the Miami International Boat Show’s plan to relocate to the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin — the same firm that also handled public relations to secure the newly named Miami Tennis Open, a 14-day event that…more

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Great Lakes industry mourns Greg Krueger

Greg Krueger, a Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame inductee and the owner of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on April 25. He was 67.

Traffic on the Rickenbacker Causeway is at the center of opposition to locating the boat show at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.

NMMA steadfast on Miami move

Plans to move the Miami International Boat Show to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin next year continue to face legal, political and logistical hurdles, but organizers and Miami’s mayor remain resolute in their message that the show will take place at the venue in February.

Getting middle-class families to invest in a new boat over an ever-growing variety of recreational choices is critical to the industry’s long-term health.

The affordability challenge

A man with a baby under his arm and two grade-school kids makes his way through the Progressive New England Boat Show. He wends his way through a section called the Affordability Pavilion, where boats can be financed for less than $250 a month. His eyes light up momentarily as he pauses next to one…more

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