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, …

Great American Outdoors Act allocates billions to recreation

June 23, 2020

The Great American Outdoors Act, which passed the Senate recently, allocates billions to support outdoor recreation in two separate ways. The first is by providing $9.5 billion over the next five years to help the National Park Service and other federal land-management agencies address their maintenance backlogs. Federal public lands are suffering from $20 billion …

Study shows $10.5 billion impact from recreational fishing

June 17, 2020

The National Marine Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce, also called the NOAA Fisheries, confirms marine recreational fishing is a far greater economic force in the United States than previous evaluations had indicated. In its report, 2017 Economic Contribution of Marine Angler Expenditures on Fishing …

Marine economy in 2018 grew faster than US overall

June 10, 2020

America’s marine economy, including goods and services, contributed about $373 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2018 and grew faster than the nation’s economy as a whole, according to the marine economy statistics released last week by two Department of Commerce agencies. “These statistics are the first-of-its-kind estimate of the U.S. marine economy, …

US and Canada release 2019 Great Lakes report

June 9, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently released the 2019 State of the Great Lakes (SOGL) report, which provides an overview of the status and trends of the Great Lakes ecosystem. “The Great Lakes is home to one of the world’s greatest bodies of fresh water and while …

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 …

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. …

IBEX 2020 still scheduled to open Sept. 29 in Tampa

June 2, 2020

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 …

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 …

Report results: March retail sales, shipments and production amid COVID-19

May 14, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) March 2020 New Powerboat Registration Report and Monthly Shipment Report, as well as the quarterly Forecast on U.S. Boat Building Production from ITR Economics, are now available and illustrate how the recreational boating industry was impacted at the start of the COVID-19 public health crisis. While data shows solid …