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.


ABC 2015: Bill Shedd receives Eddie Smith award

WASHINGTON — Bill Shedd, president and CEO of AFTCO, the American Fish and Tackle Co., on Tuesday captured the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award, which is presented by the Center for Coastal Conservation to leaders in conservation advocacy.

ABC 2015: NOAA talks about new saltwater fishing policy

WASHINGTON — Only 60 days after presenting the first-ever national saltwater recreational fisheries policy, a top National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official introduced the agency’s accompanying implementation plan to the marine industry on Tuesday, marking a “cultural shift” at NOAA to better recognize the importance and standing of the recreational fishing community.

The Recreational Boating Leadership Council met Monday on the first day of the American Boating Congress. Shown are Peter Durant (left), of Sail America; Jim Coburn, of Coburn and Associates LLC; Carl Blackwell, of Discover Boating; and Joe Lewis, of the Mount Dora Boating Center.

ABC 2015: Leadership council meets on industry future

WASHINGTON — The Recreational Boating Leadership Council met here Monday, marking concrete progress in strengthening industry advocacy, the promotion of youth boating programs and diversity in boating, and the marketing efforts of the Discover Boating campaign.

NMMA reports boost in engine shipments

The National Marine Manufacturers Association reported that U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments were up 4.9 percent in April on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis.

American Boating Congress starts today in D.C.

This year’s American Boating Congress, an event that brings together marine industry voices to advocate on behalf of the boating and fishing industries, open today and runs through Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Study results show there is a 41 percent greater likelihood of a purchase if a potential customer gets engaged in the product.

The rewards of HOSTing

Hands-On Skills Training by Discover Boating, which made its Palm Beach International Boat Show debut this year, is a program born during the recent recession that is evolving into an effective post-downturn sales tool.

Fuel and fishing and plenty more

When Ann Baldree, vice president of Georgia-based Marine Products Corp., went to Capitol Hill for her first American Boating Congress four or five years ago, she invited one of her dealers in the D.C market to come along.

NMMA submits comments to Senate on tax reform

The National Marine Manufacturers Association submitted comments this week to the Senate Finance Committee’s Business Income Tax working group outlining goals for tax reform during the 114th Congress.

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