Fishing & Boating News
Companies receive Innovation Awards during annual Miami Media Breakfast
(Feb. 14, 2008 - Miami, FL) Nine marine manufacturers were honored this morning for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 67th Annual Miami International Boat Show. Winning companies received their 2008 Miami Innovation Awards during the Miami Media Breakfast, held Thursday, February 14 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
(Feb. 14, 2008 - Miami, FL) Yamaha has been ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Four-Stroke Outboard Engines" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Marine Engine Competitive Information Study(SM). This is the fifth time Yamaha has been recognized in J.D. Power and Associates studies, and the announcement comes on the heels of Yamaha's winning its sixth consecutive Customer Satisfaction Index (C.S.I.) from the National Marine Manufacturing Association (NMMA(R)) last fall.
Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Fiberglass Bass Boats 2008.
(Feb. 14, 2008 - Miami, FL) Today in Miami, Bass Cat Boats received it's fourth (4th) consecutive J.D. Power and Associates award for; Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Fiberglass Bass Boats 2008.
(Feb. 11, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA) -Yamaha's F350 V8 5.3-Liter Four-Stroke Outboard Wins "Best of the Year" Award from Motor Boating ®
(Feb. 11, 2008 - Chicago, IL.) Traditional powerboat shipments, including outboard, sterndrive and inboard boats, declined 13 percent on a year-to-date basis through October 2007 in terms of unit volume and 11 percent in terms of wholesale dollars, according to the October Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
(Feb. 07, 2008 - Celebration, FL) OPTIMA Batteries, The Ultimate Power Source, and BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, announced Tuesday that Milwaukee, Wisc.,-based OPTIMA has joined BASS as a supporting sponsor of the organization and its prestigious tournament structure.
(Jan. 31, 2008 - ) In the world of walleye fishing, the names Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz are synonymous with innovation, education and fish catching success. Throughout their combined careers, these two anglers have set the standard for what constitutes a "true professional" in this sport and have had a tremendous impact on not only the techniques used by most of today's walleye fishermen, but the equipment they use ranging from the lures they use to the boats that get them out on the water.
(Jan. 31, 2008 - Washington, DC) A new report, 'Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy - A force as big as all outdoors' compiled by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation was released in December.
(Jan. 30, 2008 - Edenton, NC) Natalie M. Jenkins has been appointed marketing manager for Regulator Marine, announced Joan C. Maxwell, Regulator president.
(Jan. 30, 2008 - Chicago, IL.) Jarden Outdoor Solutions, a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products and a division of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), today announced the appointment of Terry Carlson as President and Chief Executive Officer of Jarden's fishing businesses.
Fin-tech Tackle Company signs PWT Walleye Pro's and NPAA Members Johnnie Candle #42 & Jim Carroll #13
(Jan. 29, 2008 - Ellsworth, WI) Fin-tech Tackle Company is excited to announce the signing of North Dakota's PWT Walleye Pro's Johnnie Candle and Jim Carroll to a 2-year sponsorship deal.
New Marketing Director Gayle Crutchlow Brings Fishing Industry Experience to the Bluewater Marine Group
(Jan. 28, 2008 - Newberry, SC) The Bluewater Marine Group is pleased to announce the addition of Gayle Crutchlow as marketing director. Crutchlow has several years of experience in the sportfishing industry upon which to draw in her new capacity as marketing director. In this post, she will play a major role in navigating Bluewater Marine Group's multifaceted branding and marketing efforts.
(Jan. 24, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA) Yamaha Marine Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is pleased to announce that David Ittner has joined its marketing team in Kennesaw, Ga.
Retail's Most Innovative Leaders Honored at 97th Annual NRF Convention
(Jan. 18, 2008 - New York, NY) January 15, 2008---The National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution named John L. (Johnny) Morris the Retail Innovator of the Year.
(Jan. 18, 2008 - PONCA CITY, OK.) The Bass Federation (TBF), announced today the dates and locations of the 2008 TBF "No Entry Fee" Divisional Championship Series.
Four OEM Regional Application Engineers from Yamaha Marine Group Achieve American Boat and Yacht Council Certification
(Jan. 16, 2008 - Kennesaw, GA) Yamaha Marine Group announced today that four of its OEM Regional Application Engineers recently completed the Standards Certification Program offered by the American Boat and Yacht Council(R) (ABYC). ABYC(R) has been developing, writing and updating the safety standards for boatbuilding and repair in the United States for more than 50 years.
EPA Supports NMMA Comments in Final Rule for Area Source Emission Standards for Paint Stripping and Surface Coating
Final rule should not impact recreational marine industry
(Jan. 11, 2008 - CHICAGO, IL) On January 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to regulate Area Source Emission Standards for paint stripping and surface coating that was significantly revised based on comments submitted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on behalf of the recreational marine industry.
First NMBA Associate Member elected to Board of Directors
(Jan. 10, 2008 - CHICAGO,IL) The National Marine Bankers Association (NMBA) recently announced that Jim Coburn, first vice president of Flagstar Bank in Troy, Mich., and Karen Trostle, principal of Sterling Acceptance Corp. inAnnapolis, were re-elected to the association's Board of Directors. Coburn will continue in his role as NMBA president, while Trostle will continue service as NMBA's vice president.
(Jan. 09, 2008 - LAKE FOREST, IL.) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced that David C. Marlow has been named director of product integrity and government affairs, reporting to Brunswick Vice President and General Counsel Lloyd C. Chatfield II.
Anglers' expenditures have a significant impact on the nation's economy
(Jan. 08, 2008 - Alexandria, VA) Recreational fishing is more than just a getaway for millions of Americans. As an industry, it provides a living for countless people in businesses ranging from fishing tackle and accessories manufacturing to travel and hospitality to boat manufacturing.
(Jan. 08, 2008 - La Porte, IN) At its recent annual sales meeting, MarineEast recognized three independent reps for significant contributions to the bottom line. Achieving an enviable 17% growth in his territory of Florida's east coast, Georgia and Alabama, Greg Hardison of Love & Associates was named sales representative of the year.
Skeeter to Sponsor Couples Tournament Trail - C.A.S.T. Format Encourages Couple-Friendly Competition
(Jan. 08, 2008 - Kilgore, Texas) Skeeter Products, Inc., manufacturer of Skeeter brand boats, proudly announces its sponsorship of the Couples Association of Sport Tournaments (C.A.S.T.), Texas' leading "couple's only" fishing tournament trail.
(Jan. 07, 2008 - ALEXANDRIA, Va.) BoatU.S. Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs Ryck Lydecker has been elected Chairman of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council. The Council advises the U.S. Secretary of the Interior on recreational fishing, boating and aquatic resource conservation issues.
Terry Brown announced as president of Get Outside Media LLC
(Jan. 04, 2008 - Grand Rapids, MN) Gemini Sport Marketing made major ripples in the fishing industry with the announcement of its hiring Terry Brown as president of its new company, Get Outside Media LLC.
(Jan. 02, 2008 - Gurnee, IL) John Jorgensen has joined public relations firm Martin Flory Group as director of development. Company president Laura Martin made the announcement.
(Dec. 24, 2007 - ) Former PAA Executive Director, Gene Ellison confirmed yesterday that he has been elected to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Board Of Directors. Ellison joins Alan Clemons, Guy Eaker, Bill Fletcher, Bruce Holt, Rob Kilby, Stacy King, Sammy Lee, Tommy Martin, Jerry McKinnis, Ray Murski, Gary Nesty, Jeff Pontius, Dave Precht, Don Watts and Mike Wurm on the Hall of Fame Board.
(Dec. 20, 2007 - Dania Beach, FL) In November the IGFA lost James C. Chapralis, who for over 25 years was a valued IGFA Representative for Illinois. He passed away Nov. 10th after a long battle with cancer.
(Dec. 18, 2007 - La Porte, IN) The transition of MarineEast to a new owner, Kenneth Coates, keeps the well-known plastic components and accessories company in familiar hands. Coates is president of Kenco Plastics, which has manufactured MarineEast's innovative, quality products for 30 years. Former MarineEast owner David Thompson will remain on board as chief designer at the new company, named MarineEast Inc.
(Dec. 17, 2007 - KILGORE, Texas) Skeeter matches unparalleled performance with proven versatility in its new WX2100, a Deep V Series boat that features the perfect layout for the ultimate in fishabiility and packed with standard features that will appeal to any angler.
(Dec. 14, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) The Future Fisherman Foundation, the angler education and recruitment arm of the American Sportfishing Association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Danielski as the foundation's new Executive director. Her appointment became effective December 7, 2007.
To Grow the 650,000 Member Association Inland
(Dec. 11, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) has selected the Walker Agency of Scottsdale, Ariz., to help the organization grow in the inland market. The award-winning marketing communications firm, led by principal Mike Walker, will focus on BoatU.S. Angler, the organization's newest membership program featuring services and information for fishermen.
(Nov. 29, 2007 - MISSOULA, MT.) The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, and Bass Pro Shops are among the newest supporting groups of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA).
Co-branding Extends Marketing Reach
(Nov. 20, 2007 - Islamorada, Florida Keys) Trying to move out a marketing message to the vast global fishing marketplace is challenging. "We're all trying to communicate our product info to the same interests and it's great to have an opportunity to co-promote with a manufacturer like Fin-Nor", said Flying Fisherman President, Pat Sheldon.
(Nov. 15, 2007 - Kilgore, TX) Skeeter Products, Inc. has upgraded its SL "Family Sport" Series, giving the popular line-up more standard features, while providing owners with a complete package for any on-the-water activity.
(Nov. 13, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) On October 30, Johanna Laderman, executive director, FishAmerica Foundation (FAF), was honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for her work with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and her collaborative efforts and partnership in supporting aquatic habitat restoration throughout the Northeast.
(Nov. 09, 2007 - Ft. Pierce, FL) Pursuit Boats recently held its Dealer Meeting to usher in the 2008 Model Year and to present awards to their top dealers at the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, located in Fort Myers, Florida.
At 2007 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show
(Nov. 05, 2007 - Fort Pierce, FL) The Cobia Boat Company reported record sales and consumer interest at this year's Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. The show, which ended in late October, delivered a triple-digit percent sales increase over previous years.
(Nov. 02, 2007 - Newport Beach, Ca.) Orange County Sea Scouts awarded its first Good Sea Scout Award to a local publisher and boat-show producer at a luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 23 that raised more than $20,000 for the Newport Sea Base.
(Nov. 02, 2007 - DOUGLAS, GA.) Marine Manufacturing, the Douglas, Ga.-based manufacturer of Key Largo, Palm Beach, Cape Craft and Clearwater boat brands, resumed production Nov. 1, eight months after a devastating fire that claimed the entire production facilities of three of its brands, as well as corporate offices.
Skeeter Renews Partnership with Bass Champs through 2010 - Tournament Trail Extends Skeeter's Grassroots Outreach
(Oct. 29, 2007 - Kilgore, TX) Skeeter Products, Inc., manufacturer of Skeeter brand boats, recently announced its renewed sponsorship of Bass Champs, Texas' leading tournament trail, and host of the Skeeter Owner's Tournament.
Industry focuses on key issues of access and participation
(Oct. 26, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) Success in the sportfishing industry increasingly depends upon fishing access and engaging new anglers in the sport. Recently, more than 140 sportfishing industry leaders representing nearly 90 companies and organizations from the United States, Canada and Europe gathered at the American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) annual Sportfishing Summit to focus their efforts on these two key issues.
Yamaha Marine Group to Display New Command Link(R) Digital Electronic Dual Station Controls During Ft. Lauderdale Show
(Oct. 25, 2007 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) Yamaha Marine Group today announced it will display its new Command Link(R) Digital Electronic Dual Station Controls in the Yamaha booth during the 48th annual Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show at the Broward County Convention Center, October 25-29.
(Oct. 24, 2007 - Manistee, MI) To meet current demand for their complete line of marine supplies, McDurmon Distributing, Dr. Shrink's Midwest distributor, had to move into a larger facility. The need for expansion was due in part to the successful Dr. Shrink shrinkwrap and accessories they supply.
Recreational Boating Industry Supports USCG Withdrawal of Mandatory Houseboat Propeller Guard Proposal
NMMA working closely with USCG to evaluate new safety measures
(Oct. 22, 2007 - CHICAGO, IL) After years of careful consideration, the U.S. Coast Guard announced on October 18 in the Federal Register that propeller guards will not be required on all recreational houseboats after determining its resources would be more effectively used to increase boating safety through measures such as boater education that would have a greater impact on propeller injury avoidance.
Executive order for gamefish status creates legacy of conservation
(Oct. 22, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) With the vast expanse of the Chesapeake Bay as his backdrop, on October 20, 2007, President Bush signed an Executive Order establishing gamefish status for striped bass and red drum in federal waters, moving another step forward in conserving two of the most popular game fish in the United States.
Interior Secretary announces appointments during 2007 Sportfishing Summit
(Oct. 19, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) Several American Sportfishing Association (ASA) members were recently appointed to the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. The Secretary announced the appointments during the 2007 Sportfishing Summit, ASA's annual business and membership meeting, held October 10-12, 2007, in Sanibel, Fla.
(Oct. 19, 2007 - Lake Forest, IL) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today that it is shifting certain boat production within its North American manufacturing footprint. The production transfers will result in job gains at its Little Falls, Minn., boat production facility, while its Aberdeen, Miss., plant will close in early 2008.
$100K available for community-based fisheries restoration projects
(Oct. 18, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, is accepting proposals for community-based fisheries restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed of Maryland with up to $100,000 in funding available for fiscal year 2008.
Boat, engine manufacturer CSI award recipients honored during Industry Breakfast
(Oct. 13, 2007 - Miami, FL) Sixty-four boat and engine manufacturers were recognized at the 2007 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Miami Beach Friday morning for excellence in customer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), as part of the association's Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program. This recognition honors recipients that were announced in July.
(Oct. 11, 2007 - FOND DU LAC, WI.) Mercury Marine has named David Foulkes as the company's vice president of research and development. Foulkes, 46, joins Mercury with more than 20 years of engineering experience; the last 17 years were spent in a variety of significant engineering and management positions with Ford Motor Company in Europe and the U.S.
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