California legislature will not address bill to create year-round fishing licenses

August 13, 2020

A bill to create year-round sportfishing licenses will not be addressed by the California Legislature this year due to the truncated legislative session. Under current law, fishing licenses expire on December 31 of each year regardless of when the license is purchased, which the recreational boating and fishing community are working to fix. “California anglers …

ABYC publishes new boat building and repair standards

August 12, 2020

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) published its 60th supplement of Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, which provides the marine industry with the latest in boat building and repair standards. “This year’s supplement contains a much-anticipated technical information report on lithium ion batteries, which provides valuable and much needed guidance to …

Plans for free digital IBEX trade show take shape

August 11, 2020

The details for the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) virtual trade show, IBEX Online: A Virtual Event, are taking shape. Scheduled to launch September 29, the free digital trade show will be built around the concepts of connection, new products and innovation, and education. During the registration process, which will open soon, visitors can …

Congress advances boating safety measures

August 6, 2020

Prior to the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the millions of Americans who take to the water each year. It would mandate the …

President Trump signs historic access and conservation bill

August 5, 2020

President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act this week, which is the single largest investment in America’s public lands and waters in decades. The Act addresses two long-standing priorities of the outdoor recreation community. First, it fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)–a go-to program for conserving and maximizing outdoor …

Congress moves to reauthorize Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund

August 4, 2020

Just ahead of the August recess, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund)—a program that supports about $650 million annually in fishery restoration and conservation efforts, boating access and infrastructure, as well as fish stocking programs important to recreational anglers. In addition …

NMMA, MRAA form strategic partnership

July 30, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) today announced the merger of Grow Boating Inc., the parent company to the Discover Boating consumer brand, into NMMA as part of a redefined strategic partnership between the two organizations. In addition, NMMA in Canada will work with the U.S.-based …

Norwalk Boat Show canceled

July 29, 2020

With COVID-19 cases increasing around the country, widespread reports of inventory supply issues and Connecticut’s travel restrictions impacting residents from more than 30 states, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has canceled this year’s Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show at Norwalk Cove Marina, which was scheduled to be held from September 24-27, 2020. Looking ahead …

Congress approves historic boating access and conservation bill

July 28, 2020

In a bipartisan vote, Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act–legislation that will stimulate the recreational boating industry and create more safe and sustainable recreation access for all Americans. The bill is expected to be signed by President Trump and addresses two long-standing priorities of the outdoor recreation community. First, it fully funds the Land …

New workbook for schools teaching marine tech

July 23, 2020

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced the publication of a new student workbook to bolster the ABYC Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology textbook and curriculum package for high schools and technical colleges. The workbook will help teachers implement classroom and distance learning with a variety of homework exercises, hands-on job assignments, and links …