Minnesota DNR seeking advisory committee members

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 …

Report shows more diverse audience for boating and fishing

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: …

October hits record for new powerboat retail sales

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 …

Palm Beach Mask to donate 100,000 disposable facemasks

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 …

Lost Paddle Media acquires four outdoor rec shows

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 …

Driftnet Modernization Act sent to President Trump

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 …

New MFA Virtual Series features free education and networking

December 11, 2020

The just-announced 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 …

AMI conferences goes virtual

December 10, 2020

In the interest of safety for all conference participants, The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) Conference & Expo has moved to a full virtual event for the February 2021 conference. AMI has partnered with SpotMe to deliver a fully integrated conference experience where attendees will have access to all pre-conference workshops, educational training, a virtual …

Poll shows consumers believe current E15 label doesn’t protect them

December 8, 2020

The results of a new national poll initiated by a group of organizations representing manufacturers, retailers and consumers of non-road engine equipment and products reveals that most consumers find current E15 labeling at gas pumps to be ineffective in communicating the dangers of this type of fuel for usage in small engines like those in …

MFA Marine Workshop 2021 registration open

December 3, 2020

Registration continues for the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Marine Workshop 2021 being held Feb. 18–19 at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. The workshop will offer hands-on training and marine fabrication education, networking opportunities with like-minded business owners and opportunities to solve manufacturing and sourcing issues with expert advice from suppliers and industry professionals …