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

May 13th, 2021

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 […]

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Biden administration 30 x 30 plan balances conservation and access

May 12th, 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, […]

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In memoriam: Helmut Jahn

May 10th, 2021

The fabric-wrapped ThyssenKrupp test tower in Rottweil, Germany, is used to test and certify high-speed elevators, reducing development time of skyscrapers. The exterior wrap of the tower contributes to the overall structural performance and improves the durability of the concrete portion of the tower. Photo: Taiyo Europe GmbH. Celebrated architect Helmut Jahn died on Saturday, […]

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Morbern named one of Canada’s best managed companies for second year

May 10th, 2021

Cornwall, Ontario-based Morbern, manufacturer of upholstery vinyls for marine, health care, commercial interiors, RV and automotive applications, has been named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the second year in a row. Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies organization remains one of the world’s leading business awards programs recognizing companies for innovative, […]

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New boat sales remain elevated in 2021

May 7th, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that retail unit sales of new powerboats in February 2021 were up 34% compared to the same time period last year, according to its New Powerboat Registrations Report. Data shows total new boat sales are averaging 31,000 units sold monthly since the summer of 2020, on a seasonally-adjusted […]

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Technical textile market forecast

May 7th, 2021

According to a report by MarketsandMarkets.com, the technical textile market is estimated at USD 164.6 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 222.4 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 6.2%. Factors contributing to growth include improving economic condition of countries, technology advancement and increasing end-use applications. Increasing demand for end-use industries such […]

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Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force finalizes recommendations

May 6th, 2021

After a year of deliberations and public input, the 21-member Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force has finalized recommendations to enhance outdoor recreation in Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Sarah Strommen and Explore Minnesota Executive Director John Edman charged the Task Force to consider (1) how to bring measured growth, increased and equitable […]

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Smart textile market outlook

April 29th, 2021

According to the report “Smart Textile Market Report: Trends, Forecast and Competitive Analysis” by ResearchAndMarkets.com, the smart textile market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 33% from 2019 to 2024. The study includes the smart textile market size and forecast for the smart textile market through 2024, segmented by textile type, function, end […]

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Award recipients recognized during advocacy summit

April 29th, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) hosted its annual advocacy summit, the American Boating Congress (ABC) April 21-22. The two-day virtual event brought together nearly 400 participants and recreational boating advocates, who heard from keynote speakers Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and White House Senior Policy Advisor Cedric Richmond. NMMA presented three awards during the event: […]

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Canadian luxury tax proposed

April 28th, 2021

Canadian news outlets are reporting that a proposed federal budget set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2022, includes a tax on luxury items, such as boats that retail for more than CAD250,000 ($200,000), according to the Trade Only Today online news site. If approved, the budget document cited by CTV News projects a CAD604 […]

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