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From factory openings to production milestones to the launch of new boats, the marine industry makes news in numerous ways. Trade Only follows developments wherever they occur.

Environmental groups sue to stop new Lake Tahoe facilities

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California last week by a coalition of environmental groups challenges the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for adopting new land-use regulations without thorough consideration of environmental and public access impacts, according to the suit. The new regulations would increase motorized boating, “adding more than 62,000 boat trips to…more

Price of gasoline is at a three-year low

The price of gas has dropped 33 cents in the last two weeks, dipping south of $2 a gallon for the first time since March 2005, according to a recent national study by Lindberg Survey. Why are gas prices so low and dropping by the day? Click here for a New York Times report that…more

Changing Places

Yvan Cote was appointed president of the Teleflex Marine Group. He succeeds Vince Northfield, who was named executive vice president of global operations for Teleflex Medical. For the last two years, Cote has held the position of vice president of product management. He has been a member of the Teleflex Marine senior management team directing…more

NMMA lobbies Washington on how to help marine businesses

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has provided Congress with suggestions on how the government can help marine businesses through the economic slump. Letters outlining the recommendations were sent to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, House and Senate leadership, and appropriate House and Senate committees. Click here for the letters NMMA sent to Washington.

Pentagon urges cooperation to deter piracy

The U.S. Department of Defense is encouraging military units and commercial ships to work together against piracy in the Gulf of Aden. Some of the “reasonable self-protection measures” commercial ships can take include active look-outs, evasive maneuvers, and embarked security teams, according to a press release issued by the Department of Defense. Though the overall…more

NOAA outlines California sanctuary protections

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released some of the details related to its plans for managing and protecting national marine sanctuaries in California. The affected areas include Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay. The final plans are primarily non-regulatory actions, but some changes to sanctuary regulations clarify and strengthen protections for…more

METS officials pleased with this year’s turnout

Producers of the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam say the show ended yesterday on a high note in terms of attendance. The 18,485 attendees at this year’s show are down 6 percent from the 19,764 who came to the 20th anniversary show last year. However, 2008 attendance was up 10 percent over 2006. “METS…more

Discover Boating sees a 10 percent return rate

Nearly 10 percent of Discover Boating leads went on to purchase a boat this year, and 75 percent of them were first-time buyers, according to a recent report from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The report also shows that 34 percent of those leads bought new boats, as opposed to preowned, and 16 percent purchased…more

Hartford show wins award for growth

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association was honored with a Fastest 50 award for the growth and success of its annual Hartford Boat & Fishing Show. The award was presented during Tradeshow Week in Baltimore last weekend. This is the second consecutive year the CMTA has been honored for the show. “We are very proud of…more

Florida’s Amendment 6 already giving some breathing room

Christopher Hodge can see some tax relief coming from Florida’s Amendment 6. The amendment, adopted Nov. 4 by voters, gives him more financial leverage to keep running his boatyards, said Hodge, the president of E&H Boat Works, a full-service yard, and The Ways, a neighboring self-service yard, in Palm Beach Gardens. “The taxes are the…more

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