As a member of NMMA, you will join other industry stakeholders in the success of the association’s collective effort to protect and grow recreational boating through public policy advocacy and a variety of growth initiatives.
All that we do at NMMA, including consumer boat shows and trade events, marketing the Discover Boating program, providing export counsel and international promotional opportunities, producing market research and statistics, and certifying marine products support those two core objectives.
NMMA works on your behalf to keep positive messages about the boating lifestyle in front of consumers in North America and to keep the needs of recreational boating top of mind with legislators and regulators at the federal and state level.
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EXCLUSIVE PROTECTION - NMMA advocates to protect your marine business from costly regulation and legislation. Recent work includes:
- Model Year: NMMA worked with MRAA and the USCG to develop a framework for manufacturers dealers and regulators. The proposal includes a 14 month model year beginning June 1, with an exemption process for boats wishing to ship prior to June 1 (i.e. the larger vessels and new models). It will be a simple paper reporting process. In May of 2015, the House passed a two-year Coast Guard reauthorization bill including language that supports the recreational boating industry's model year and engine weight updates.
- Ethanol: NMMA is actively working with Members of Congress to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that places dangerous E15 fuel into the marketplace. High levels of ethanol damage marine engines and put consumers at risk. NMMA is also providing consumer education on how to avoid ethanol at the pump by partnering with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and supporting the Look Before You Pump campaign. The industry testified at House Science Committee hearing and at the EPA public hearing in the summer of 2015. NMMA is an active participant in the multi-industry coalition Smarter Fuel Future, combining advocacy, grassroots and media activity in a unified front. Through Boating United submitted 3,405 comments to the EPA on its ethanol increase proposal.
- Reauthorization of Magnuson Stevens Act/Morris Deal: Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. Provisions in H.R. 1335 supported by the recreational fishing community include: Promoting a more transparent and science-based review of fishery allocations; Helping ensure that important fisheries aren't closed unnecessarily by providing limited exceptions for annual catch limits; Improving the accuracy of fish stock information through greater involvement by the states and incorporating data collected by anglers themselves. NMMA and its stakeholder partners presently are working to urge the Senate to pass similar legislation.
- Tax Reform: NMMA has worked to protect members from "creative" tax schemes developed by some states to generate tax revenues from businesses, including more vulnerable small businesses that have no physical presence in the taxing jurisdiction or state. A bipartisan effort is currently underway in Congress to overhaul the tax code before the end of the year. It is imperative that the recreational boating industry is part of any tax reform efforts, in order to best position the industry’s future growth. NMMA is working towards lowering the corporate tax rate for domestic businesses, protecting accelerated depreciation and other issues related to corporate accounting.
- Access Issues:
- Everglades - NMMA anticipates a revised general management plan to be released this summer. Based on our work with the Park Service over the past few years, we expect many of the proposed changes, including less pole and troll zones and more access channels to be included in a final plan.
- Biscayne National Park - NMMA has worked with the National Park Service over a number of years to ensure that access to park waters is protected. Following May meetings and conversations, NPS has unveiled an alternative plan, addressing many industry concerns. However, recently, NPS put the proposition of a marine reserve back on the table with extensive fishing closures. NMMA is once again working with NPS to propose a more balanced approach. In July of 2015, NMMA participated in a Congressional “field” hearing in South Florida, jointly held by the House Natural Resources and House Small Business Committees.
- Reauthorization of Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund (Wallop-Breaux): As part of the Angling & Boating Alliance, NMMA has spent the past two years, working on consensus for 10 minor policy changes to how the SFRBTF is administered and implemented. The Senate Commerce Committee has included language to reauthorize the SFRBTF as part of the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill and NMMA and its ABA partners continue working with Senate staff on perfecting that language. NMMA continues to work with House Coast Guard Subcommittee on its SFRBTF reauthorization language.
- CARB Evaporative Emissions Standard: After lengthy discussions, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) has agreed to develop a streamlined certification program using the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards and NMMA certification process. NMMA Certified Boats will automatically gain allowance to sell boats in California.
- HFC-134a: NMMA worked to collect more than 100 public comments asking the EPA to delay a proposed ban of HFC-134a, a foam blowing agent used widely in the boat building process. NMMA worked extensively with the EPA towards a longer timeline, allowing the industry to develop alternatives through research. In July of 2015 we saw success as the EPA finalized its regulation with an implementation date of January 2020, extended from the original date of January 2017.
Learn about all of the NMMA’s efforts to protect your business at our Government Relations Resource.
- Members save 5% to 20% on boat show space at NMMA Consumer Boat Shows and the International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX).
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- Shipping Discounts—NMMA Freight Savings Plan offers deep discounts on small parcel, less-than-truckload and trade show shipping. Service provider Siriani will customize shipping solutions to fit your needs. Find out how much you can save as an NMMA member.
- Avis Member Benefits—Car rental discounts up to 20% and other exclusive services and promotions.
- Applied Power Purchasing International (APPI)—Save money on your electric expenses by having this exclusive provider analyze, negotiate, contract and manage your utility services.
- Staples Discount — Receive deep discounts on all Staples office supplies and more.
EXCLUSIVE INFORMATION - $500,000 Worth of Market Research & Statistics:
- New 2014 U.S. Recreational Boating Abstract (retailing to non-members for $1,800) is the marine industry’s most complete collection of facts and figures. The 2014 edition includes an expanded section on marine accessories and consumer buying habits.
- Monthly Statistics Dashboard (retailing to non-members for $1,200 a year) outlines economic and industry factoids with trend data and charts.
- Boating Registration Report (retailing to non-members for $600) provides a detailed, state-by-state analysis of boating registrations by boat segment, size, power and hull material. Regional summaries include population, income, shoreline and inland water data.
- Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract (retailing to non-members for $950) is the most complete collection of facts and figures available for the marine industry in Canada.
- ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Association) maintains a library with valuable information and data pertaining to the global leisure marine industry. In cooperation with ICOMIA, NMMA members have free access to this data.
- Member pricing on advertising opportunities with NMMA to reach consumers and industry customers.
- Export Development coaching and access to markets through U.S. pavilions at international shows.
- Free access to the NMMA Member Roster information.
- PR University—address proactive and reactive public relations needs including tips for drafting press materials, selecting spokespeople, contacting reporters and addressing issues in the media.
- Downloadable NMMA Membership participation logo available in various production formats
- HR University—A free online HR resource providing white papers, template forms, statistics and tools to assist with all your Human Resource needs.
- JobMart allows members to post openings and review qualified marine industry resumes
- Educational webinar series address topics and resources that will have a direct impact on your business operations ranging from maximizing Social Media to top selling secrets at boat shows
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