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Quick Hits: June 17, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries department issued the final rule requiring descending devices to be rigged and ready for use on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper-grouper species in South Atlantic federal waters, effective July 15. The recreational fishing industry is applauding the rule, which is for all commercial, for-hire and private recreational vessels, to reduce barotrauma in deep-water species.

Turkish yard Sirena Marine says it has had runaway success with its flagship 88-footer — the boat premiered at last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival in September, and by the Miami Yacht Show in February, they’d announced five sales. To complete these and future builds, Dometic Marine has been contracted to install their Variable Capacity Chillers on the vessels. “We are proud to supply the VARCX system to Sirena Yachts, helping to further improve the already meticulously designed on-board experience through advanced climate controls,” said Dometic Marine president Eric Fetchko in a statement

Jim Emmons, currently the non-profit outreach grants director for the Water Sports Foundation and a marine industry stalwart with more than three decades of service, has been appointed as the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Committee chairman. In this role, he will serve as liaison between the USCG and the NBSAC. “Boating safety is a major area of my professional focus, so I’m especially grateful to work closely with such a highly committed organization including dedicated council members in furthering important and ongoing boating safety initiatives,” said Emmons in a statement


St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

ECONOMY REPORT: Omnipresent Omicron

The year closed with an uptick in consumer confidence, but the latest coronavirus variant threatens to derail progress