Free virtual Capitol Hill Ocean Week takes place June 9th

June 8, 2020

Registration is free to Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), the nation’s premier ocean and Great Lakes policy conference hosted annually by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, which will be virtual this year and take place on June 9th. CHOW 2020 will focus on the global issue of protecting biodiversity. CHOW will offer a full day …

Discover Boating Canada launches new COVID pages

June 4, 2020

With news of Canada’s pleasure boating restrictions being lifted and the season ramping up, DiscoverBoating.ca has launched two new pages to help Canadian boaters find the latest information on enjoying boating while navigating COVID-19 guidelines. Boating During COVID-19 features guidelines set by Transport Canada and includes helpful, printable infographics for National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) …

Sara Anghel elected first female ICOMIA president

June 3, 2020

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada President, Sara Anghel, was elected the new International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) President. Anghel has led NMMA Canada for more than 12 years and has nearly 25 years of government relations experience. ICOMIA is the international trade association that has represented the global marine industry since 1966. …

Registration now open for 100th anniversary of IFAI Expo

June 2, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2020 is moving forward as planned Nov. 3–6 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. This year marks the centennial of the event, and numerous safety protocols are planned to keep participants safe including social distancing at registration, enhanced cleaning protocols for all common areas, room capacity restrictions …

IBEX 2020 still scheduled to open Sept. 29 in Tampa

International BoatBuilder Exhibition & Conference Show (IBEX) director Anne Dunbar announced that IBEX 2020 is still planned to open as scheduled on Sept. 29 this fall. “As the worldwide COVID-19 crisis continues, we understand that there are questions and concerns for IBEX 2020 in Tampa, Florida this September.” Dunbar says show planners will be working …

2019 Statistical Abstract: sales trends and trade sections available

May 28, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is continuing to release final 2019 data from the annual Statistical Abstract. The following sections have just been made available on NMMA.org: Powerboat Sales Trends; Cruiser, Watersport, Fishing Boat & Trailer Sales Trends; and Boat & Engine Exports and Imports. Data from the sales trends reports show more than …

New NMMA COVID-19 resource on states’ reopening plans

May 27, 2020

As states across the country continue to reopen their economies, many states have outlined phased plans for businesses to protect the health of workers and citizens. In response, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is releasing a new state tracking document, which serves as a quick guide to these reopening plans, benchmarks and task forces. …

Labor department adopts revised COVID-19 reporting requirements

May 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. First, OSHA is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces. The new enforcement guidance reflects changing circumstances in which many non-critical businesses have …

Everglades National Park increases recreational access

May 21, 2020

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Everglades National Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach …

Free guides helps marine businesses operate safely

May 19, 2020

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, along with trade association partners from across the marine industry, recently released a free 58-page publication aimed at helping marine dealers operate safely in a new marketplace concerned with the COVID-19 health crisis. The publication, titled “Guide to Operating Your Boat Business Safely,” provides a manual for running …