Boaters and recreational boating businesses, including dealers, manufacturers and marinas, rely on clean water, healthy ecosystems and abundant fish populations.
Combating the environmental challenges facing the entire recreational boating community—rising sea levels, ocean acidification, water pollution and more—requires action.
To ensure future generations can enjoy our natural resources and time on the water, the marine manufacturing industry is using a three-pronged approach to lessen its impact and protect the environment:
Marine manufacturers are constantly innovating and searching for new approaches to make the manufacturing process more environmentally friendly.
- Working to eliminate all HFCs from the fiberglass manufacturing process
- Identified “bottom paint” alternatives that will not flake off boats sitting in the water
- Manufacturers are reducing water usage—up to one million gallons per month—and yearly natural gas consumption
Recreational boaters and anglers experience and treasure our nation’s waterways firsthand. That’s why our industry is working diligently to make boating cleaner and more efficient.
- Working with the Department of Energy to develop Biobutanol—a cleaner, more efficient fuel additive than ethanol-blended fuels like E-15
- Using advancements in solar technology and energy storage to power boats on solar energy
Industry example: Marine electric engine manufacturer, Torqeedo’s "Deep Blue" hybrid power system offers a 50-mile range and can be recharged by solar panels along the way
- Bowrider and ski boat manufacturers are working to make zero-emission, fully powered electric boats using electronic propulsion
- Researching the use of hydrogen cell technology to power recreational boats
- Major marine engine manufacturers are developing power systems to significantly reduce emissions and maximize fuel efficiency
Industry examples: Cummins and Yanmar are experimenting with hybrid power systems that can replace gas and diesel engines at slower speeds and reduce emissions safely
- Working with Congress to identify the environmental impact of derelict recreational boats and to identify options for recycling recreational boats
- Marine manufacturers are developing and implementing technologies to remove marine debris from our waters
Industry examples: Suzuki Motor of America is installing a microplastics collecting system in select outboard engines and Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit is designing a device to remove plastics and other floating debris from waterways.
The recreational boating industry works with policymakers at every level of government to advance polices that protect the environment and restore our nation's ecosystems.
- Working with outdoor recreation partners to secure permanent funding for the Land and Conservation Fund
- Actively advocating for policies to access climate change and coastal resiliency:
With Congress established a task force to identify and address critical working waterfront needs
Working with Congress to identify the impact of climate change on recreational boating ecosystems and on how the industry can address these issues
Support creation of a National Coral Reef Resiliency Strategy to help conserve, manage and restore coral reefs
- Collaborate with NOAA to support protection of critical resources, including coral reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
- Played a critical role in developing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s monumental fisheries conservation plan for Biscayne National Park
- Coordinates with industry partners to warn the public and policymakers about the harmful impacts E-15 has on the environment and emissions
- Marine manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to make waterways cleaner
Industry example: Yamaha is collaborating to design a device to remove plastics and other floating debris from coastal stormwater systems
Industry example: NMMA has secured pilot projects and studies to identify environmentally beneficial ways to dispose of dredged materials
Industry example: NMMA is supporting Congressional efforts to fund research to help mitigate harmful algal blooms
Paris Agreement: Summary and Implications on U.S. Recreational Boating Industry
[368.17 Kb] The Paris Agreement is a global framework for tackling climate change that was agreed-to at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
NMMA & Recreational Boating Industry's Commitment to Protecting our Environment
Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act - Support Letter - September 2020
[161.79 Kb] NMMA's and other members of recreational fishing, boating, hunting, and conservation organizations Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act letter to the Senate.
[110.73 Kb] A comprehensive look at recreational boating's commitment to sustainability, clean water and much more.
Comments: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint
[548.37 Kb] NMMA's comments on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s draft environmental impact statement for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Overview: Stop and Reverse the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
[324.07 Kb] Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are organisms that are not native to a specific area and can cause significant harm to the environment, economy, and boating access.
Guide: Aquatic Invasive Species
[340.92 Kb] AIS are in every region of the U.S. and there are thousands of different types of AIS.
Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund Overview
[55.34 Kb] ONE-PAGER: The fund was created by recreational boaters and anglers in 1950 to pay for critical conservation programs and recreational infrastructure projects in all 50 states.
Comments: Biscayne National Park
[445.39 Kb] NMMA's comments regarding the proposed Biscayne National Park fisheries management plan.