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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association and the 2011 Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show.

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association and Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, Md., will host a free extended regional roundtable discussion from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Regional roundtables are open to association members and non-members.

Association roundtables offer a chance for similar marinas, boatyards and boatbuilding and repair businesses to discuss common problems and possible solutions.

For information or to register, please call Jessica Slemons at (401) 247-0318 or e-mail jslemons@abbra.org.

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The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association will hold its annual meeting Nov. 18-19 in Portsmouth, Va.

The meeting, which will be held at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, will showcase how users collaborate to keep the waterway open while reinforcing its importance to the nation's economy.

The association's goal is to ensure that the waterway remains a viable transportation link and economic engine. The effort has become an annual challenge. Although tourism interests, the academic community and state and local governments recognize the waterway as a regional asset, funds for dredging and maintenance are lacking.

For that reason, the agenda includes a post-election update on the new Congress and sessions covering the environment, tourism and coalition building.

Another highlight this year is a luncheon presentation on last summer's East Coast Ocean Policy Expedition with a team from Duke University that examined the waterway's role as a transportation system, as well as its identity with the fabric of life in the southeastern United States.

Led by Linwood Pendleton, ocean and coastal policy director at the university's Nicholas Institute, the boating expedition covered the northern 200 miles of the waterway, from Beaufort, N.C., to Norfolk, Va.

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The 2011 Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show runs Jan. 7-16 at the Reliant Center.

More than 1,000 powerboats, luxury cruisers, sailboats and personal watercraft will be on display.

The 10-day show also will feature a selection of campers, travel trailers and RV accessories, as well as everything related to the outdoors on its 16 acres of floor space.

New events are planned and popular events are returning, including Fish-O-Rama, a long-standing tradition at the show and a favorite with kids; the 5,000-gallon Bass Tub aquarium, featuring expert fishing demonstrations; and the Comic Bot robot.

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