Boating community backs Minnesota wakesurfing setback bill

March 12, 2020

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives (HF 3770) and State Senate (SF 3624) to establish a 200-foot setback from shoreline and structures for all wakesurfing activities in Minnesota. Representatives from the recreational boating community support the legislation because it is “clear, consistent, and effective”: Clear: 200 feet is the length of …

Fuel products spark confusion among consumers

March 10, 2020

Consumers remain confused about the multiple fuel product offerings in the marketplace, says a new study commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and conducted online by The Harris Poll among more than 3,000 U.S. adults. The study, which has been conducted annually for seven years, shows lack of education, inadequate labeling and dangerous …

IFAI update on Covid-19/Coronavirus preparedness from Geosynthetics Conference 2020: Case Studies

March 6, 2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19/Coronavirus are top of mind, and we want to be as transparent as possible and share information about what we are doing to prepare for the Geosynthetics Conference: CASE STUDIES 2020 in North Charleston, SC USA. Many of our exhibitors will be onsite soon to setup for the show, and we …

NMMA U.S. boat shows to take place, coronavirus situation being closely monitored

March 5, 2020

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President, Frank Hugelmeyer, issued a memo to all members of the association regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the communication, NMMA is currently proceeding with all upcoming shows and events as scheduled. Full memo: “NMMA, like the general public, is closely monitoring the impact that the coronavirus outbreak is having …

Fabricators Conference and Showcase registration open

Registration is now open for the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Fabricators Conference and Showcase—Spring 2020, which takes place April 30–May 1, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. The conference will offer session topics on cutting rooms, industrial sewing machine maintenance, business processes, shade sails, CAD/Digitizing and more. There will be opportunities to expand industry knowledge and …

New members join MFA

March 1, 2020

2020 MFA Conference packs a punch

The 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference that took place Jan. 9-11 in Daytona Beach, Fla., created a vibrant buzz among the 269 registrants, 46 exhibitors and 65 first-time attendees. Conference-goers enjoyed a wide variety of educational sessions, networking events, an impressive shop tour and the high-energy exhibitor show floor where they explored the newest innovations in …

Women in Textiles Summit Helps Attendees Build Industry Relationships and Leadership Skills

February 28, 2020

The second annual Women in Textiles Summit, held February 19–21, almost doubled in attendance and gave attendees ample opportunities to build new business alliances while learning about emerging trends in the industry. The event, sponsored by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), was held in Nashville, Tenn. “This event was born through the remarkable stories of …

Great Lakes researchers seeking ballast water monitoring devices

February 27, 2020

The Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC), a federal grant-funded research program of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) is currently seeking applications from developers of ballast water compliance monitoring devices to participate in a verification program for the Laurentian Great Lakes. This one-time program is made possible through funding from the United …

Biscayne National Park Fisheries Management Plan finally approved

February 25, 2020

After decades of debate, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the Biscayne National Park (BNP) Fisheries Management Plan. The plan enters into force on July 1, 2020, and addresses the following: Increases the minimum size limit for ten major finfish by 20 percent and establishes new limits on fish such as grunts, …