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Industry executives meet President Trump at White House

Boating industry executives and heads of marine and sportfishing associations went to the White House yesterday to listen to President Donald Trump speak about the need to strike a balance between the country’s environmental protections and energy requirements. Trump’s speech covered issues that impact the boating and sportfishing industries, including marine debris, toxic algae, Everglades restoration, outdoor recreation access and air quality.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt also spoke at the event, according to a story in today’s NMMA Currents e-newsletter.

NMMA said that it “appreciates President Trump’s efforts on these issues and his leadership on expanding outdoor recreation opportunities on our public lands and waters.”

(From left) Ned Trigg, executive vice president, Dometic; Frank Hugelmeyer, president-elect, NMMA; Thom Dammrich, president, NMMA; Bill Yeargin, CEO, Correct Craft; Joe Neber, president, Contender; Joan Maxwell, president, Regulator; Steve Heese, CEO, Chris-Craft; Ben Speciale, president, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, chairman, NMMA board of directors; Bill Watters, president, Syntec; and Ann Baldree, vice president, Chaparral and Robalo.

(From left) Ned Trigg, executive vice president, Dometic; Frank Hugelmeyer, president-elect, NMMA; Thom Dammrich, president, NMMA; Bill Yeargin, CEO, Correct Craft; Joe Neber, president, Contender; Joan Maxwell, president, Regulator; Steve Heese, CEO, Chris-Craft; Ben Speciale, president, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, chairman, NMMA board of directors; Bill Watters, president, Syntec; and Ann Baldree, vice president, Chaparral and Robalo.

In 2018, Trump signed the Save Our Seas Act, which reauthorizes the NOAA Marine Debris Program and promotes international action to reduce marine debris. The president has also signed orders to improve federal coordination on matters involving ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, including prioritizing research and technology needs and expanding public access to ocean-related data.

Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy, thanked Trump and his cabinet members for “their progress on priorities of the outdoor community,” citing clean water, “good stewardship of public resources” and increased access.

“We want to thank President Trump, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for articulating what they are doing to benefit our oceans and natural resource management,” Angers said in a statement. “We look forward to working collaboratively with the administration and all stakeholders to advance our shared goals of clean water and increased access.”

Representatives from the NMMA, American Sportfishing Association, BoatUS, Center for Sportfishing Policy and Coastal Conservation Association attended the address. There were also executives from Dometic, Regulator, Contender, Correct Craft, Yamaha, Chaparral, Formula, Indmar and Syntec.

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