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.

Groups seek enhanced recreation in U.S. Forest Service rules

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a replacement planning rule to guide the development of forest plans, which determine recreational access and activities on 190 million acres of land and water, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The NMMA and more than 70 organizations in the Coalition for Recreation in the National Forests are…more

NMMA: Workers’ comp changes could affect boatbuilders

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing new regulations that implement amendments to the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and will have a direct impact on recreational boatbuilders and repairers, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Since 1984, the law has excluded from coverage people employed to build, repair or dismantle any recreational…more

Senate vote on small-business bill expected soon

The U.S. Senate voted 61-37 Tuesday to end debate on the Senate Substitute Amendment, sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., relating to small-business credit and tax relief, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. A final Senate vote will likely occur this week, according to the NMMA. The Senate…more

NMMA urges Congress to act on small-business relief

As Congress reconvenes today in advance of the mid-term elections, legislative business is likely to be complicated by pre-election posturing, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which is monitoring a number of bills of interest to the industry. Major agenda items include an NMMA-backed small business bill that languished before the recess over procedural…more

NMMA adds new certification standards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says its boat and yacht certification program added two new standards for model-year 2012, making it stronger and more comprehensive. The new standards are gasoline and propane detection systems and galvanic isolators. “Safety and quality design are of the utmost importance for boaters and prospective buyers, and as the only…more

NMMA urges members to oppose lead-tackle ban

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is urging its members to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request to ban all lead in fishing tackle. Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the EPA to enact a ban under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The ban would include sinkers, jigs, weighted fly…more

NMMA names CSI award winners

The National Marine Manufacturers Association named 44 boat and engine manufacturers recipients of the 2010 Marine Industry CSI Awards. Award recipients will be acknowledged at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 during the annual Industry Breakfast at the 2010 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference. The Marine Industry CSI Awards honored participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction…more

NMMA seeks guidance on Gulf oil spill claims process

The National Marine Manufacturers Association on Monday submitted a letter to Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Kenneth Feinberg requesting clarification of the claims process for pending and future claims from marine businesses that have experienced economic damage from the oil spill. The letter also shares the results of the NMMA’s recent survey on the impact…more

Groups seek congressional hearings on E15

Thirty-nine environmental, food, motor vehicle, energy, power equipment and recreational industry groups – including the National Marine Manufacturers Association – have requested House and Senate hearings on a pending Environmental Protection Agency action that could increase the amount of ethanol permitted in gasoline. In letters to the chairmen and ranking members of the House Energy…more

Grow Boating task force to select marketer

The effort to relaunch Grow Boating is under way, with three companies today pitching strategies to the Grow Boating Agency Selection Task Force in Chicago for the industrywide campaign that seeks to draw more people to boating, NMMA president Thom Dammrich said. “We’re in the final stages of agency selection,” Dammrich told Soundings Trade Only.…more

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