In Case You Missed It - December 18, 2015 News

Our weekly coverage of the latest industry news, conservation notices and more.

The 2016 Snook Symposium

The 2016 Snook Symposium, which will be held on January 13, is a free day-long public discussion about snook research and management in Florida. Topics include: How to improve management of the snook fishery. Results of the soon-to-be-released 2015 stock assessment. Population recovery following the 2010 cold kill. The event is free, but space is limited. You must register online by January 6th, 2016. Date: Jan. 13, 2016 Address: Caribe Royale 8101 World Center Dr. Orlando, FL 32821 850-487-0554, Marine@MyFWC.com

NMMA President Letter, Thanks to Supporters

On behalf of the Miami International Boat Show, thank you for showing your support! I am happy to report that yesterday, with your help, we received approval of our County environmental permit—a key permit required for moving forward with the Boat Show—from the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. Because of your help, during the meeting, we were able to deliver signed petitions from nearly 3,000 stakeholders across our industry to elected officials, showing them the wide-spread support for the greatest boat show in the world! You can view the petition letter here. In addition to our County environmental permit, on Friday, we received word from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, that they were issuing our state permit. And, in the coming days, we expect to hear from the Army Corps of Engineers on our third and final environmental permit. All of these are for the in-water portion of the Boat Show. We are both excited and proud to have the opportunity to reinforce our reputation as stewards of the environment and good neighbors to the Miami-Dade community at our new home at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. As we continue preparations for the 2016 Show, we thank you for taking the time to voice your support. We look forward to celebrating the boating lifestyle with you February 11-15 at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin! Please visit us at MiamiBoatShow.com to learn more. Sincerely, Thom Dammrich President, National Marine Manufacturers Association

Alabama Sen. Shelby Takes Action to Address Gulf Red Snapper Fishery Mismanagement

Today’s Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill includes several actions important to recreational fishing championed by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). The bill includes a number of provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in an abbreviated ten-day season for private sector recreational anglers. Read more, here.

BTT and Montauk Tackle Team Up

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is pleased to announce Montauk Tackle Company as their newest Corporate Sponsor at the Bronze Partner Level. Montauk Tackle is a Made in the USA Company whose performance sportswear is built from the ground up with technology designed for an active coastal lifestyle. As part of their sponsorship, Montauk Tackle has donated logoed BTT apparel for use in the online BTT store and at BTT fundraising events. "Montauk Tackle Company is excited to partner with Bonefish and Tarpon Trust on their continued efforts to conserve and protect habitat and fish species. BTT is on the leading edge of these types of initiatives and it is with great pleasure that we are able to support them to ensure these habitats are protected for future generations of anglers.” 50+ UPF rated fabrics are the core of their offering. All Montauk Tackle apparel items are designed to block the harmful rays of the sun while remaining cool, comfortable and colorfast. Their lightweight fabrics are designed to breathe and flow with every movement, allowing you to stay cool and active even on the hottest days. Nanofibers in the base layer against your skin are engineered to draw perspiration away from your body. The result is that you stay cool and dry in warm temperatures, whether you’re fishing, camping, mountaineering or hitting the back 9, you’ll always stay cool, and dry. “We’re thrilled that a company like Montauk Tackle recognizes the value of BTT’s work for the flats fishery and has such a strong desire to contribute and help us make a difference”, said BTT Director of Science and Conservation, Dr. Aaron Adams. “Collaborations like these give the flats fishery a brighter future.”

Mercury Marine earns fifth “Green Master” honors

Mercury Marine has earned “Green Master” designation from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for the fifth consecutive year. Earning the Green Master designation places Mercury among the top 20 percent of the nearly 200 participating companies. Few have received the designation five consecutive years. The Green Masters Program measures companies on a broad range of sustainability issues ranging from energy and water conservation to waste management, community outreach and education. Mercury Marine scored well above the state average in eight of the nine sustainability categories. The company scored 599 total points, just six points shy of the maximum. The program average was 364. “Manufacturing and operating our business in a highly sustainable fashion remain integral and important aspects of our culture and our actions,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury president. “We constantly strive to decrease our carbon footprint, minimize our use of natural resources and energy, and implement programs and activities that benefit our employees and the communities in which we work and live. “Receiving recognition from the Green Masters program reiterates that our efforts are making a difference.” The Green Masters Program is an objective, points-based recognition program that enables Wisconsin institutions of all sizes and from any sector to join a group of like-minded companies that are "on the road to sustainability." Developed by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, the Green Masters Program helps to recognize Wisconsin's sustainability leaders and encourage continuous improvement.