USMCA affects boat and engine importers

July 9, 2020

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is now in effect. Under USMCA, there are no changes to the rules of origin for recreational marine engines and boats. However, importers will have to provide information in a new “certification of origin” to prove origin of goods and claim preferential tariff treatment. The certification can be completed by the …

Florida approves conservation measure

July 8, 2020

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1061 into law, which creates the new Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve and protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass in the state’s waters. Off Florida’s west coast, seagrass beds stretch for miles and for decades have supported a significant part of the regional economy. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve off …

Budsin boat webinar series

July 7, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is offering a three-part series focused on the Budsin boat project that was featured at the 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference. During each webinar, Brooke Kahn, vice president of marketing for Keyston Bros, will interview key people involved in the project, explore how electric boats are manufactured and fabricated, and find …

Pulling together during the pandemic

July 6, 2020

By Cathy Broberg Those of us not on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic often feel helpless. Sheltering in place doesn’t feel like much of a contribution. Jamie and Bob Mills from Wm. J. Mills & Co., Greenport, N.Y., were among those who wanted pitch in. The brothers designed a face shield they planned …

SBA releases new PPP loan forgiveness applications

July 2, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, which was signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application …

Call for Women in Textiles Summit speakers

July 1, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has issued a call for speakers for its Women in Textiles Summit being held March 3–5, 2021, in Braselton, Ga. The call for speakers is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to develop bold, valuable and worthwhile content attendees are eager to hear. The vision of the summit is to …

2021 MFA Conference registration opens mid-August

Registration is opening soon and the full conference schedule is available for the annual Marine Fabricators Conference being held Jan. 7-9, 2021, in New Orleans, La., just a beads throw away from the French Quarter. The Sheraton New Orleans on Canal Street is the host hotel and location for almost all conference activities, which include …

New Biscayne National Park fishing regulations effective July 1

June 30, 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, …

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

June 25, 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 …

New COVID-19 resource on states’ retail reopening guidelines

June 24, 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 …