Industry News

Consisting of builders, dealers, marinas, parts and accessories makers and sellers and the trade groups that serve them, the marine industry is a sprawling and colorful collection of companies and people. From the number and type of boats it sells to its advocacy for the rights of boaters to enjoy their recreation on pollution-free waters, using fuel that doesn't damage their engines, the industry makes news in many ways.

Jerry’s Marine mourns death of employee and family

Members of the family of Jerry’s Marine Service employee Nate Russell set up a fundraiser at GoFundMe.com to help cover funeral expenses for Russell, his wife and their three children, who died in a car accident.

NMMA supports end to request for catch-share pilot program

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said today that NOAA announced at a South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting that an exempted fishing permit that would have allowed a catch-share pilot program for six popular sportfish species was withdrawn.

Coast Guard Foundation set to honor ConocoPhillips

The Coast Guard Foundation said it will present its 2017 Guardian Award to ConocoPhillips, a Houston-based oil and natural gas producing company, at the foundation’s Tribute to the Coast Guard on May 24 in Houston.

CellTuck joins MRAA

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas said CellTuck LLC, a dealer website development and management provider, joined the association as a premier partner member.

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Dealer sales, optimism rise

Recreational marine dealer sentiment improved in February, and a larger percentage of businesses surveyed in the MRAA/Baird Marine Retailer Pulse Report said they had higher new-boat retail sales than the companies that responded in January.

Consumer confidence has been running at its highest levels since 2004 and boat sales were off to a strong start for 2017.

A business climate that’s tricky to read

To boost the economy, President Donald Trump has said he wants “historic tax reform” that would benefit corporations and the middle class, a 10 percent increase in defense spending and $1 trillion worth of infrastructure improvements over the next decade.

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