Minnesota DNR seeks applications for Game and Fish Fund Oversight Committees

September 30, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking applications for two-year term positions on the Fisheries Oversight Committee (FOC) and Wildlife Oversight Committee (WOC) for the Game and Fish Fund. Applications must be submitted online by September 30. The responsibility of these committees is to review and make recommendations on how the DNR spends …

Sea Tow calls for safety award entries

September 23, 2020

The Sea Tow Foundation in cooperation with its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, announced the official call for entry for its “National Boating Industry Safety Awards.” The deadline for entries is Oct. 15. The 2020 contest features an enhanced series of categories which recognize top boating safety programs and campaigns within the for-profit segment …

Get listed in the Marine Fabricator 2021 Buyer’s Guide

September 14, 2020

The annual call for listings in the Marine Fabricator 2021 Buyer’s Guide is now open. Thousands of companies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services for their businesses. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of fabric, film and foam; hardware and findings; end products and services; and equipment and tools. This year’s Buyer’s …

U.S. Coast Guard awards $3.8 million in grants to nonprofits for boating safety

September 11, 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded 27 competitive grants totaling more than $3.8 million for recreational boating safety, according to the Coast Guard News. The grants are funded by the federal Sport Fishing Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which receives the majority of its funding from the recreational boating and fishing community. Ten national nonprofit …

IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 registration is open

September 10, 2020

Registration is now open for IFAI Expo 2020, which will be hosted exclusively online Nov. 2–12, 2020, in a robust digital platform designed to provide many exciting opportunities for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. Attendees, no matter their role, will be able to discover new products, network and help grow their businesses. Attendees can explore the …

Secretary Bernhardt announces expansion of hunting and fishing on public lands

August 25, 2020

In a U.S. Department of Interior press release, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the opening and expansion of more than 850 hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres at 147 national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. According to the release, this rule is the single largest expansion …

Congress advances boating safety measures

August 6, 2020

Prior to the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the millions of Americans who take to the water each year. It would mandate the …

President Trump signs historic access and conservation bill

August 5, 2020

President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act this week, which is the single largest investment in America’s public lands and waters in decades. The Act addresses two long-standing priorities of the outdoor recreation community. First, it fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)–a go-to program for conserving and maximizing outdoor …

MFA Awards now open for submissions

July 21, 2020

Entry is now open for the 2021 Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Fabrication Excellence Awards. The submission process has been streamlined, the MFA has added two new categories, and entrants have the option of uploading up to six photos of a project. Fabrication Excellence Award winners receive a featured spot in Marine Fabricator Magazine, a personalized …

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 …