New Biscayne National Park fishing regulations effective July 1

June 30th, 2020

Several regulatory changes aimed at achieving fishery management goals in Biscayne National Park go into effect starting July 1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will return in five years to provide an update on monitoring and progress toward management goals and to evaluate the effectiveness of these changes. Changes effective July 1, […]

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More than $54 million grants for clean water and outdoor recreation

June 25th, 2020

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced $32.8 million in grants–with an additional non-federal match of $21.9 million–for states and communities to support outdoor recreation and help boaters keep America’s waters clean. The funding comes from the Clean Vessels Act (CVA) program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program which provide funding to […]

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New COVID-19 resource on states’ retail reopening guidelines

June 24th, 2020

As states across the country continue to reopen their economies, many states have outlined phased plans for businesses to protect the health of their employees and consumers. In response, MRAA and NMMA have partnered to release a new state retail reopening tracking document, which serves as a quick guide to retail guidelines by state. This […]

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Great American Outdoors Act allocates billions to recreation

June 23rd, 2020

The Great American Outdoors Act, which passed the Senate recently, allocates billions to support outdoor recreation in two separate ways. The first is by providing $9.5 billion over the next five years to help the National Park Service and other federal land-management agencies address their maintenance backlogs. Federal public lands are suffering from $20 billion […]

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Spradling International awarded contract from American Boatbuilders Association

June 18th, 2020

Spradling International, a supplier of soft-surface products to the marine and RV industries, announced that the American Boatbuilders Association Inc. (ABA), a leading buying groups for independent builders, has awarded Spradling the Preferred ABA Supplier of Choice contract for upholstery vinyl and related products. The renewed agreement extends from July 1, 2020 through June 30, […]

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Study shows $10.5 billion impact from recreational fishing

June 17th, 2020

The National Marine Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce, also called the NOAA Fisheries, confirms marine recreational fishing is a far greater economic force in the United States than previous evaluations had indicated. In its report, 2017 Economic Contribution of Marine Angler Expenditures on Fishing […]

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Registration opens for IFAI Expo

June 15th, 2020

IFAI Expo Nov. 3–6, 2020 in Indianapolis, Ind., will mark the event’s 100th anniversary. IFAI has announced that it is moving forward as planned, and registration is now open. Safety protocols are in place and will be coordinated with host hotels and the Indiana Convention Center (ICC).  The registration area at IFAI Expo will be […]

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Top Value Fabrics rebrands as TVF

June 11th, 2020

Top Value Fabrics, an employee-owned, international supplier of industrial, print media, apparel, and home décor fabric founded in 1974, is rebranding itself as TVF. With the new name comes a new logo and visual recognition for the company. The mark of interwoven threads represents fabric and how products and services weave together to help TVF […]

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Marine economy in 2018 grew faster than US overall

June 10th, 2020

America’s marine economy, including goods and services, contributed about $373 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2018 and grew faster than the nation’s economy as a whole, according to the marine economy statistics released last week by two Department of Commerce agencies. “These statistics are the first-of-its-kind estimate of the U.S. marine economy, […]

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US and Canada release 2019 Great Lakes report

June 9th, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently released the 2019 State of the Great Lakes (SOGL) report, which provides an overview of the status and trends of the Great Lakes ecosystem. “The Great Lakes is home to one of the world’s greatest bodies of fresh water and while […]

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