The Center for Coastal Conservation said it named U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) Conservationist of the Year for championing policies promoting healthy fish and wildlife populations and access to the country’s public lands and waters.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association said it will expand its Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction program to recognize marine dealers.
National Marine Manufacturers Association boat show vice president Cathy Rick-Joule was honored as one of South Florida’s top businesswomen.
Two weeks ago, 275 attendees gathered on Capitol Hill in support of the American Boating Congress.
Record-setting attendance, promising meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, better prepared stakeholders and a diverse group of speakers combined to make this year’s American Boating Congress a success, organizers say.
The U.S. International Trade Commission recently released a report assessing the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that President Obama entered into with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
Suzi DuRant, the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s South Carolina executive director, received a Lifetime Achievement award last week during the American Boating Congress.
Outboard boat retail sales increased 14.4 percent to $3.8 billion in 2015 from the previous year, once again led by pontoon boat sales as sterndrive boat sales continued to decline for the 10th consecutive year.
Cruising boat sales declined 4 percent in 2015 to 3,117, primarily because of a drop in sterndrive cruiser sales, which fell 12.4 percent to 917 from 2014.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the American Sportfishing Association’s government affairs committee and the Center for Coastal Conservation joined for a “Center Focus on Washington” during the American Boating Congress, which brought recreational boating stakeholders to Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for the industry.