U.S. boat sales hit 13-year high in 2020

January 15, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that retail unit sales of new powerboats in the U.S. increased last year by an estimated 12 percent compared to 2019. More than 310,000 new powerboats were sold in 2020, levels the recreational boating industry has not seen since before the Great Recession in 2008. The following new …

Paycheck Protection Program re-opens

January 12, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, …

Call for IFAI Expo 2021 speakers, topic ideas

January 5, 2021

IFAI Expo 2021 organizers are looking for presentation topic ideas and interested speakers for Expo 2021, which will be held Nov. 1–4, 2021, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. Expo organizers are looking for speakers and topic ideas for 50-minute classroom education sessions and 25-minute campfire education sessions. Submissions are being accepted for …

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: …

Take IFAI’s survey: COVID-19’s Business Impact in 2020

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 …

October hits record for new powerboat retail sales

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 …

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 …

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 …