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Quick Hits: July 31, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is applauding the passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which allows the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake civilian water transportation and infrastructure projects to prevent flooding and protect wetlands and watersheds. NMMA said the legislation also improves federal efforts to combat aquatic invasive species and funds projects around the country. “We are committed to working alongside our federal, state and local partners to ensure Americans have access to healthy and navigable waterways for years to come,” NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros said in a statement.

The International Game Fish Association released its World Record Game Fishes, and Shimano reels, rods and line took top honors in the IGFA’s annual compilation of world-record tackle. In the freshwater reel category, Shimano ranked first, with 63 records set, the company said in a statement. Shimano also claimed the top spot for saltwater reels, with 130 records. Shimano rods again ranked first, with 78 saltwater records set.

Chaparral, Robalo and Vortex manufacturer Marine Products Corp. reported a 54 percent decrease in net sales for the second quarter, due to a 57.9 percent reduction in units sold compared with the prior year. Unit sales declined in every product category as a result of the suspension of manufacturing for five weeks during the quarter, president and CEO Richard Hubbell said. “During this shutdown, we continued with our research and development efforts, modified our marketing efforts to maintain our presence with dealers and customers, and reduced costs wherever possible,” Hubbell said in a statement. “In addition, we expedited the shipment of as many boats as possible to our dealers to meet high retail demand.”



FAF Brings New Anglers into the Fold

The nonprofit organization will leverage Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29 to raise funds for its grassroots fishing and boating participation efforts.


Naos Yachts Plans New Offices

The San Francisco Bay area location will expand the dealer’s midcoast footprint and help grow its Groupe Beneteau, Lagoon, Neel, CNB Yachts, Four Winns and Wellcraft brands.


Trade Only Today Returns Monday

The e-newsletter will not publish Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Correct Craft Gives Back

Employees spent a day serving at the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, impacting more than 500 kids in need.


GH Motion Launches All-Electric Lift

The GH70e mobile boat lift is powered by a modular solar/battery system and has a 65-ton capacity.


Dealers: Are You in Compliance?

A new FTC Safeguards Rule designed to protect consumers’ personal information goes into effect Dec. 9 — are you prepared?


NMMA Canada President Steps Down

NMMA Canada president Sara Anghel is leaving the recreational boating trade group after nearly 15 years of service.


Ohio Ordered To Get Serious About Algae

Many are applauding a judge’s proposed consent decree that will serve as a roadmap to address western Lake Erie’s chronic algal blooms.