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.

NMMA supports billfish conservation legislation

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is encouraging its members to ask their lawmakers to support the bipartisan Billfish Conservation Act of 2011, to help restore billfish populations and improve recreational fishing opportunities by closing U.S. commercial markets to Pacific billfish. “Marlin, sailfish and spearfish, collectively called billfish, are highly esteemed by recreational anglers, who practice…more

NMMA urges opposition to union election proposal

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is encouraging its members to let the National Labor Relations Board know they oppose proposed quick-snap union election rules. The proposed quick-snap election rules would “ambush companies and would give employers as few as 10 days to communicate with their employees between the time they learn that a union is…more

NMMA reports increase in wholesale shipments

Through May, wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats were up 4.8 percent from a year earlier, according to a report from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Corresponding dollars were up 19.6 percent, the NMMA said. For the first quarter of 2011, new powerboat registrations were down 5 percent on a rolling 12-month basis, compared with a…more

NMMA seeks nominations for leadership award

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is accepting nominations for the 2011 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award, which is given to an individual in the marine accessory sector. The award will be presented Oct. 17 during the show’s annual Industry Breakfast at the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. The award recognizes individuals who have…more

Tax-simplification bill reaches House floor

The Business Activity Tax Simplification Act (HR 1439) moved to the House floor for action last week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Bobby Scott, D-Va., would establish a bright-line rule for when states can tax out-of-state companies. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill.…more

NMMA reports boost in wholesale shipments

The National Marine Manufacturers Association reported that U.S. wholesale shipments of outboard-, inboard- and sterndrive-propelled recreational boats were up 3.1 percent through April, compared with a year earlier. Corresponding dollars were up 20 percent, according to the NMMA. NMMA members receive complete monthly shipment reports and can access the association’s most up-to-date data within the…more

NMMA: States consider significant changes in law

The National Marine Manufacturers Association reported news from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Louisiana that affects the marine industry. The Massachusetts legislature will hold a hearing on a proposed marine excise tax. The NMMA, along with the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association, has submitted comments to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue opposing the bills, which would levy…more

NMMA: Florida tops 2010 boating sales

Florida is the top boating state, based on annual sales, according to a report released today by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Sales in 2010 of new powerboats, motors, trailers and accessories in Florida topped $1.1 billion, according to the NMMA. Rounding out the top five were: Texas, $812 million; New York, $401 million; North…more

NMMA reports decline in wholesale powerboat shipments

Through the first quarter of 2011, wholesale shipments of powerboats were down 1.2 percent, relatively unchanged from a year earlier, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Boating News Net monthly economic report. Advance data indicated that shipments would ebb in April. The NMMA report also said advance estimates indicated that retail sales of powerboats…more

NMMA statistical report available online

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced that its 2010 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is available online for NMMA members to download at no cost. A DVD version is also available, and members and non-members can buy it. The abstract, which has the most current market facts and figures available, quantifies the economic effect of recreational…more

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