Virginia Marine Trades Association announces annual conference

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The Virginia Marine Trades Association will hold its annual conference Nov. 12 at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, Va. The conference will provide updates for the state’s recreational marine industry, the VMTA said in a statement.

The conference will open with an online presentation by Congressman Rob Wittman of Virginia’s first congressional district, who will address workforce development. Keynote speaker Capt. Pat Mundus, who operates East End Charters,, will discuss changes in the marine industry. She is the daughter of legendary shark fisherman Frank Mundus.

Margaret Podlich, executive director of the American Boat and Yacht Council, will make a presentation and moderate a workforce roundtable.

Jason Ortega of and Libby Yranski, director of state government relations for the NMMA will discuss legislation that could impact the industry. Evan Ridely from the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will provide an update on that state’s fiberglass recycling pilot project.

The cost to attend is $50 for VMTA members and $100 for non-members. Click here for more information.