Boaters and recreational boating business, including dealers, manufacturers and marinas, rely on clean water, healthy ecosystems and abundant fish populations. Combating the environmental challenges facing the recreational boating community—rising sea levels, ocean acidification, water pollution and climate change—requires action.
To ensure future generations can enjoy our natural resources and time on the water, the marine manufacturing industry is committed to lessening its impact and protecting the environment.
reduction in marine engine emissions
increase in fuel efficiency
million contributed to conservation efforts annually
Recreational Boating Industry’s Top Policy Priorities
- Provide additional funding for Everglades restoration, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and Chesapeake Bay Program.
- Expand funding through the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy—which awards funds for advanced battery, engine, and fuel technologies—to support next generation marine propulsion research.
- Increase funding to address water quality issues, including harmful algal blooms and marine debris.
- Implement 30x30 protections that maintain reasonable and responsible access to recreation.
NMMA & Recreational Boating Industry's Commitment to Protecting our Environment
[3808.77 Kb] NMMA’s white paper on the significant contributions the recreational boating industry has made to protect the environment and further conservation efforts.
Aquatic Invasive Species Commission Report: Improving the Prevention, Eradication, Control and Mitigation of Aquatic Invasive Species
[907.28 Kb] Report and recommendations of the Aquatic Invasive Species Commission, created in partnership with YETI and Bass Pro Shops alongside the recreational boating and fishing industry. "Improving the Prevention, Eradication, Control and Mitigation of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)," published February 2023.
Executive Summary: Aquatic Invasive Species Commission Report (February 2023)
[2737.48 Kb] An Executive Summary highlighting key findings of the Aquatic Invasive Species Commission report, founded in partnership with YETI, Bass Pro Shops, and the recreational boating and fishing industry.
One Pager | Reauthorize the Sport Fishing Restoration and Boating Trust Fund
[597.95 Kb] A backgrounder on the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund), how the Trust Fund further the marine manufacturing industry, and key facts.
Guide | Understanding the Paris Agreement
[368.17 Kb] An overview of the Paris Climate Agreement, and what it means for the recreational boating industry.
Guide| Understanding Aquatic Invasive Species
[340.92 Kb] Understanding aquatic invasive species (AIS) and their environmental, economic and public health effects.
Letter | Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint Draft Rule
[264.21 Kb] NMMA letter to Superintendent Sarah Fangman on NOAA's Proposed Rule for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Management Review.