Brunswick reopens Flagler County plant to expand Boston Whaler production

June 1, 2021

Brunswick Corporation and Boston Whaler held a groundbreaking ceremony in May ahead of the reopening of its 225,000 square foot Flagler County manufacturing facility to expand production due to record demand for Boston Whaler’s line of fiberglass boats. The expansion will increase production by 40 percent and bring more than 400 jobs to the local …

Center for Sportfishing Policy announces new board members, honors former chairman

May 26, 2021

The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) honored its past Chairman Bob Hayes and elected new board members at its annual board meeting in May. CSP honored Hayes with the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award for his dedication to the recreational fishing and boating industry and his commitment to angler access and marine conservation. …

Shareable resources for National Safe Boating Week from the NSBC

May 24, 2021

During National Safe Boating Week, which is May 22-28, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is encouraging the industry to help share information about responsible boating through digital outreach, launch point reminders, outreach events, vessel safety checks and more. The NSBC’s free Safe Boating Campaign toolkit offers downloadable posters, social media images, template press announcements, …

Norwalk Boat Show returns September 23-26

May 21, 2021

After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are underway to welcome visitors to Norwalk Cove Marina for the 45th Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show® September 23-26, 2021. “We took this year as an opportunity to evaluate all aspects of the boat show and are in the planning stages to enhance the experience …

Registration open for Partners Outdoors annual Conference

May 20, 2021

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s annual conference, Partners Outdoors, is set for June 1-2, and registration is now open. The online event is open to all industry stakeholders and brings together federal agencies, business and nonprofit sectors to discuss the future of outdoor recreation and the industry’s most important issues. Topics this year include the impacts …

US and EU announce boat tariff agreement

May 18, 2021

The United States and European Union announced an agreement to suspend the looming tariff increase on U.S. boats and engines making their way to the E.U., just days before the scheduled June 1 deadline, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. The negotiating parties have stated that leadership from both sides of the Atlantic …

Nominations sought for 2021 Women Making Waves

Boating Industry magazine is now accepting nominations for its 2021 Women Making Waves program, highlighting strong female leaders across the marine industry. The 2021 Women Making Waves will be featured in a cover story that will be published in the June/July issue of the magazine, as well as online. Winners will also be recognized at …

Enter now: IFAI’s International Achievement Awards

May 13, 2021

After a year away, the International Achievement Awards (IAA) return for the 75th anniversary of recognizing the best projects across the specialty fabrics industry. The awards are an opportunity for you to showcase your technical skills and talents to the entire industry. The International Achievement Awards is an annual competition that recognizes and promotes awareness …

U.S. FWS expands public access to hunting and fishing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a proposal for new or expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities for game species across 2.1 million acres at 90 national wildlife refuges and on the lands of one national fish hatchery. This proposed rule would open or expand 939 opportunities for hunting or sport fishing (an …

Biden administration 30 x 30 plan balances conservation and access

May 12, 2021

The Biden Administration outlined its vision to conserve 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, commonly known as the “30 by 30 Initiative.” As reported on the National Marine Manufacturers Association website, the administration’s “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful” report is a ten-year conservation plan that focuses on expanding collaborative conservation efforts, …