NMMA Releases Results of Policy Survey

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has released the results from its first boating industry policy survey. More than 1,500 people responded to the survey, which will guide NMMA’s policy priorities for the coming year.

According to the survey results, the industry’s top five issues are: ethanol and fuel (E15); recreational fishing; taxes; trade; and boating safety.

NMMA will continue to advocate for the industry’s priorities on these issues in 2019, including resolving the trade war, which has hit marine manufacturers particularly hard.

Additionally, respondents identified conservation, infrastructure and workforce as priorities.

These priorities along with several state specific issues – including uniformed titling and permitting – have long been top industry’s priorities. In 2018, NMMA dedicated significant attention and resources to these issues, resulting in key legislative and regulatory victories for the industry.

NMMA helped introduce legislation to protect consumers from misfuelling with E15 and expand the on-road use of alternative biofuels, such as biobutanol. NMMA also played a critical role in advancing top safety priorities in the U.S. Coast Guard reauthorization bill. The industry also celebrated the signing of the Modern Fish Act into law.