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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the American Boating Congress, the Marine Industry Cares Foundation and the Korea International Boat Show.

Those registered for the American Boating Congress, set for April 24-25 in Washington, D.C., can take part in a webinar at 11 a.m. (EDT) April 20 to learn about the most important policy issues affecting the industry and how to best communicate them to their legislators during ABC.

The webinar will cover:

• The state of the U.S. marine industry: how economic conditions affect marine jobs, sales and production.

• The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s work in the ongoing debate on the proposed General Management Plan of Biscayne National Park.

• Ethanol policy and the NMMA's ongoing legal challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency.

    In addition to policy overviews, the webinar offers first-time ABC attendees “Hill Visits 101,” addressing what to expect and how to prepare for one-on-one meetings on the Hill.

    Click here to register for the webinar.

    Click here to register for ABC.

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    The Marine Industry Cares Foundation is holding its fourth annual Spin-A-Thon on April 20 at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale.

    This event will benefit two local organizations: the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Kids in Distress. The treatment center is an organization that serves more than 10,000 children with special health care needs in Broward County. Kids in Distress is an agency that works in South Florida to prevent child abuse, preserve the family and treat children who have been abused and neglected.

    Registration begins at noon and spinning will take place from 1-7 p.m.

    Click here to learn more or donate.

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    The fifth annual Korea International Boat Show, which will be held May 30-June 3 at Jeongok near Seoul, is sold out, organizers announced.

    A total of 181 companies — 94 domestic and 87 international — will exhibit at the show.

    “The pattern this year has been for larger space bookings, underlining the quality of the show and the growing confidence in this emerging market,” according to organizers

    With a waiting list of more than 20 companies, special adviser to the show Tim Coventry said, “We are a victim of our own success. The pressure on space created by the growing demand from both home and overseas companies means that we will have to look urgently at a larger facility for 2013.”

    With a speaker lineup led by ICOMIA secretary general Tony Rice, the Asia Industry Conference, set for May 31, will focus on Asia regional briefings. Enterprise conference sessions will also be held during the event.

    Organizers said it is still possible for industry members to visit the event, and “generous travel and accommodation incentives are available to both buyers and investors for three-day visits.”


    Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

    Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Volvo Penta announces contest

    Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

    MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

    The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.