December 2020

  • Published On: December 31, 2020

    The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Virtual Series is a free three-part online event occurring Jan. 28, Feb. 18 and March 18. Each two-hour session is focused on bringing the industry together through face-to-face video networking, insightful educational sessions, vendor spotlights, video shop tours, MFA awards presentations, giveaways and more. Discussion topics include how to prepare [...]

  • Published On: December 29, 2020

    The IBEX 2021 Call for Proposals is now open, and the annual conference is seeking input from the industry on technical seminars, special sessions and exhibitor-hosted Tech Talks. The deadline for submissions is February 01, 2021. IBEX does not allow product or service promotion in the technical seminars. The IBEX team relies on feedback from [...]

  • Published On: December 24, 2020

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking applications from Minnesota residents to serve on the Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee, a 15-member committee established in 2013 by the Minnesota DNR to help guide the agency’s aquatic invasive species prevention and management activities. There are currently three appointments available for new members to serve [...]

  • Published On: December 23, 2020

    The national research study “Casting a Wide Net: Identifying New Anglers and Boaters and Determining Tactics for Retention” co-sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and global market-research firm IPSOS, projects millions of new and returning anglers and boaters thanks to a surge in interest during COVID-19. Key findings from the report include: [...]

  • Published On: December 22, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered as one of the most challenging and unprecedented periods ever for the specialty, technical and engineered textile industries. As 2020 comes to a close, Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) would like your help in understanding how businesses in our industries were affected by the events of this year and [...]

  • Published On: December 22, 2020

    The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) reports that October was a historic month for new powerboat retail sales. Data shows new powerboat sales in October were up 18 percent compared to September, and up 30 percent year-over-year (YOY) on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Year-to-date (YTD) through October, more than 291,000 new powerboats were sold, surpassing cumulative [...]

  • Published On: December 21, 2020

    Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, Burlington, N.C., has announced the latest milestones in a multiphase global expansion plan, representing a $65 million investment to create additional capacity and support sustainability initiatives, according to a company press release. The first phase, initiated at the end of 2019, includes new and upgraded equipment to support the continuing growth [...]

  • Published On: December 21, 2020

    Palm Beach Mask, a Riviera Beach, Fla.-based manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE), will donate 100,000 disposable facemasks to government offices, medical organizations, first responders and non-profit groups across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast this holiday season. The company was created as a spin-off of Canvas Designers, a Riviera Beach custom marine canvas [...]

  • Published On: December 17, 2020

    Unrelated to the pandemic, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) formally announced an agreement to transfer ownership of the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow, Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, World Fishing & Outdoor Expo and Saltwater Fishing Expo to Sportshows LLC, a division of Lost Paddle Media. Lost Paddle is an experiential media company [...]

  • Published On: December 15, 2020

    The bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906) to phase out large-scale driftnet fishing in federal waters off California is on its way to President Trump’s desk for his signature. The act will align commercial swordfish fishing in California with other U.S. and international swordfish fisheries by ending the use of mile-long large-mesh [...]