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Friday, November 11, 2016

2016 Maritime Industry Economic Breakfast - 11/18 at Pacific Marine Expo

Click HERE for more details and to register. 
Join the Seattle Propeller Club, the Port of Seattle, North Seattle Industrial Association, the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, Washington Maritime Federation, Port of Seattle Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, and King County maritime businesses for the 2016 Maritime Industry Economic Forecast Breakfast at Pacific Marine Expo.  Corporate breakfast partners: American Seafoods, Compass Courses Maritime Training, Crowley Maritime, Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, Foss Maritime, Harley Marine Services, Kane Environmental, Maxum Petroleum, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard & Electric, Vigor and Washington Maritime Federation.

The purpose of the breakfast is to bring leaders together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the area’s workboat and fishing industries and to showcase our region’s important maritime industry.  Last year’s Maritime Industry Economic Forecast Breakfast attracted more than 300 top labor, business, local and federal government and community leaders.  
2016 Program

2016 Speakers
Roger Millar, Washington Secretary of Transportation (confirmed)
Brian Bonlender Director, Washington Commerce Department (invited)
Fred Felleman, Port of Seattle Commissioner (confirmed)
John Wolfe, CEO, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, and CEO Port of Tacoma (confirmed)
Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton, (invited)
Joshua Berger, Washington State Maritime Sector Lead (confirmed)
Mark Gleason, Washington Maritime Federation Director (confirmed)

Economic Forecast Presentations
Modernization of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet (confirmed)
Update of Maritime Industry Cluster Study (confirmed)

Jerry Fraser, Publisher, WorkBoat and National Fisherman magazines (confirmed)

8 – 10 a.m., Friday, November 18, 2016
West Club Lounge
CenturyLink Field Event Center

To reach the West Club Lounge, you can either enter from the Occidental Street Entrance (just north of the Event Center) or via the Event Center Parking Garage Entrance at the north end of the 5th Floor.  We'll have directional signage for the event.

Following the breakfast, guests are invited to tour the Pacific Marine Expo, the West Coast’s largest commercial marine trade show. Your name badge will provide free admission.

$60 per ticket
Tables of 10 - $600

We encourage you to invite elected officials and government staff to attend the breakfast and then to give them a tour of the Pacific Marine Expo show floor.  32% of the 550 PME exhibitors are based in King County!

: Registration for the 2016 Maritime Industry Economic Forecast Breakfast does not include registration to the Pacific Marine Expo.  Breakfast attendees must register separately to attend the Expo. To register for the Pacific Marine Expo click here

For reservation questions contact Polly Lynch at (206) 443-3830 or polly@marexps.com

Gold Sponsorship - $1,000
10 tickets for a table at the breakfast with preferred table location, recognition by the breakfast emcee and company logo on the event PowerPoint presentation.  Company logo on a full page ad in Pacific Marine Expo program; on a banner in the Pacific Marine Expo registration area; on the King County Maritime website; and, on the brochure distributed at the breakfast.
Silver Sponsorship - $500
5 tickets for the breakfast with preferred seating, recognition by the breakfast emcee and company name on the event PowerPoint presentation. Company name on the brochure distributed at the breakfast and your logo on the King County Maritime website.

Sponsorship Details:
Ken Saunderson, (206) 282-6858 or Ken@SaundersonMarketingGroup.com

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat awarded to Issaquah angler

For immediate release           
West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat awarded to Issaquah angler

SEATTLE – Nov. 10, 2016 – Matt Griffin was trimming his kiwi plant during a coveted moment of sunshine last Sunday, Nov. 6, when he got a call that would change his life.

That call was from Tony Floor, Director of Fishing Affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA). Floor had good news: Griffin’s name had been randomly drawn from 4,500 anglers following the conclusion of the 2016 West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series to win the grand prize, a fully-equipped 22-foot Hewescraft aluminum boat with trailer valued at over $85,000. Griffin’s name was entered into the drawing after fishing in the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby in February.

Griffin, who doesn’t own a boat, stuttered, dropped to one knee, and smiled at his wife standing next to him. She was elated.

Griffin, who co-founded Combat Flip Flops in Kabul, Afghanistan and now lives in Issaquah, Wash., could hardly believe it. His fishing team, “Game Changer”, fished a number of derbies without a podium finish. This finish ends the streak - winning weight: 3,200 pounds.

“It’s the perfect Northwest adventure boat,” said Griffin.

The boat is the 13th grand prize boat, motor, and trailer package that has been given away since the Series was created in 2004. This year’s Hewescraft 220 OceanPro boat is powered by a 225-horsepower Mercury Verado and a 9.9-horsepower Mercury trolling motor, on an EZ Loader tandem axle trailer. The boat came fully-equipped with top-of-the-line extras including Lowrance electronics, Scotty Downriggers, and a Dual Electronics stereo.

“I can’t wait to see Matt out on the water in this boat,” said Floor, who coordinates the Series. “There is nothing I like more than giving away top-of-the-line fishing packages like this.”

The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series is a fishing promotion program directed by the NMTA that encourages boating and fishing in the Northwest. In 2016, the Series included 14 derbies throughout the region. For each derby an angler competes in, they get one entry into the drawing for the grand prize boat held at the final derby in the Series.

“The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series continues to be one of our best promotions for getting people out on the water,” said NMTA President George Harris. “Even in a year with limited fishing opportunities, the excitement and passion for boating and fishing continues to grow.”

Griffin plans to fish the boat throughout the Northwest. When not in fishing tournaments, he plans to use it to explore and fish Lake Chelan, chase salmon throughout the Puget Sound, and possibly commute to Vancouver Island for a black bear hunt.

“This boat can do anything,” he said.

For more information on the West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series, visit www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com.


About the Northwest Marine Trade Association
The NMTA is the nation’s largest regional marine association. It represents more than 700 companies in the recreational boating industry, including boat dealers, boat brokers, marinas, boatyards, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers of boating accessories and services. The NMTA’s mission is to promote the growth of recreational boating and member businesses. The NMTA produces the Seattle Boat Show, the West Coast’s largest boat show. Additional information is available at www.nmta.net

Tony Floor
NMTA Director of Fishing Affairs
(360) 870-1752

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

NMTA Discussion on Copper Bottom Paint Phase-Out - November 15, 6 p.m. at NMTA

Dear NMTA Member –
In a little over a year on January 1, 2018, the Copper Bottom Paint phase-out legislation NMTA initiated will begin to go into effect for new vessels. In 2020, the phase-out will apply to all recreational vessels 65 feet or smaller. Click here to view this legislation.
The NMTA Board invites all members that have questions or concerns about this legislation to attend a special evening conversation with NMTA Board members and staff on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the NMTA office.
If you would like to attend please RSVP to Katie Groseclose at katieg@nmta.net. If you cannot attend but would like to share your thoughts or comments please email them to katieg@nmta.net.
George Harris
NMTA President/CEO

Click here to RSVP. 

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Join NMTA at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Q3 Boat Sales Data now available at NMTA.net

Q3 Boat Sales Data is now available at NMTA.net under "Members Only"

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Friday, September 23, 2016

On-Sale Now: Resurrection & Friday Harbor Salmon Derbies, set for Dec. 2-3

ON-SALE ALERT! Get your tickets now for:

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Stakeholder Meeting on Boat Paint Alternatives - 9/28 - Register Now

Event Information: First Stakeholder Meeting, Boat Paint Alternatives
  Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now.
English : San Francisco Time
 More Info: http://www.northwestgreenchemistry.org/product-scorecards-antifouling-boat-paint.html

Event status:Not started (Register)
Date and time:Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:00 am
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

Duration:1 hour 30 minutes
A 2007 Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) study found high levels of copper in Puget Sound marinas—much of it due to the use of antifouling paints. Consequently, the state legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring the phase out of copper-based antifouling paints on recreational vessels less than 65 feet in length by 2020. The law also requires Ecology to evaluate possible alternatives to copper-based paint. To meet this legislative requirement, Ecology is working with Northwest Green Chemistry (NGC) to identify and evaluate alternatives to copper antifouling boat paints. Addressing the presence of copper in antifouling boat paints benefits the environment, boatyards, the fishing industry, and recreational tourism. To learn more about this project, please visit Northwest Green Chemistry's website at http://www.northwestgreenchemistry.org/product-scorecards-antifouling-boat-paint.html

This is the first stakeholder meeting for this project. We will present a general overview of the project, including background, the role of stakeholders, the alternatives assessment method being used, and initial product selection, and solicit feedback.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Register now for Certified Marine Managers Course - October 16-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Media Contact:
                                                                                                            Joy Elvin
                                                                                                            (401) 236-2466  


ABBRA’s Certified Marine Service Managers Course to be held on the West Coast in Canada for the first time.
Newport (RI) September 12th, 2016 - The American Boat Builders and Repairers Associations’ Certified Marine Service Managers Course (CMSM) is scheduled for October 16th – 20th in Sidney, Vancouver, BC and is being hosted by Quadrant Marine Institute.  ABBRA offers the only extensive leadership training for boatyard operators that provides an industry recognized credential. 
Employers know that they need a strong leader to manage their team of competent certified technicians, who support productivity and keeps the team focused on success.  ABBRA teaches the leadership skills required to operate a boatyard, a service department, a boatbuilding, or large refit project.
The CMSM Course offers a unique opportunity for boatyard operators to professionalize their staff and improve the efficiency and profitability of their businesses.  The ideal candidate for this certification course wants to advance, and demonstrates proven leadership and management skills in the operation of a boatyard, a service department or a marine service and repair business.
The Certified Marine Service Managers course is based on proven leadership principles and best business practices, that meet the boatyard industry’s professional standards.  The CMSM Course focuses on boatyard operations, leadership and time management skills, policies and procedures, human resources, health & safety, environmental compliance issues, teambuilding, and financial management.  It is taught by a group of widely respected industry experts from both the US and Vancouver area. For course content and registration information, click here.  Space is limited. The deadline for registration is 3rd October, 2016.
About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)
Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service and boat repair industry.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Register Now for the 2016 Northwest Marina & Boatyard Conference, Oct. 27-28

Click HERE or on the banner to register. 

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

2016 Q2 Boat Sales Data Available Now!

Q2 Boat Sales Data is in! 

Click HERE to view.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What to know: Copper Bottom Paint Phase-out (Video)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Maritime Job Fair August 26th, 5pm

Please join the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, in partnership with the Northwest Marine Trades Association and Edensaw Woods, for an evening of

Pints and Possibilitiesan informal job fair.

Pints and Possibilities will take place at 5pm on August 26th at the Finn River Cider Garden.

Students and alumni of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will be invited to join potential employers from the maritime industry around Washington State.

Food and first round drinks are provided so please RSVP to ensure we have plenty to go around: mb@nwswb.edu or 360-385-4948 x 307

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

3 Appointed to Fill Positions on NMTA Board of Trustees

SEATTLE – June 30, 2016 – The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) has announced the appointment of three open positions on its Board of Trustees.

New to the board are Paul Sorensen, BST Associates, and Alex Sutter, Fisheries Supply Company. Scott Anderson, CSR Marine, was re-elected to a new term.

Sorensen currently works as principal at BST Associates, which he founded in 1986. Most of BST’s work is related to waterfront development projects in which they analyze demand, financial performance and economic impact and prepare business plans for public and private sector clients.

“I am a strong supporter of the NMTA and feel that I can help guide efforts to grow marine business in Washington state,” he said.

Sutter oversees operations as Vice President of Fisheries Supply Company. Previously, Sutter was a business attorney who focused on negotiating transactions as well as advising executives and directors on governance and corporate business matters.

“My experience running Fisheries Supply provides me insights into trends in our local and national boating communities that could prove useful to the board’s decision-making process,” he said. 

Anderson, with over 30 years of marine industry experience, returns for a second term on the Board of Trustees. He previously chaired the NMTA Boatyard Committee and also serves as a Board member for the Footloose Sailing Foundation and is a recent member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society.

“Over the years, I have met and worked with a large segment of the recreational marine group, from brokers to end users, as well as other repair professionals,” he said. “I have developed an understanding of the issues and the concerns of this group and will be able to assist NMTA to make appropriate decisions to enhance and grow the marine industry here in Washington.”

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Sign the Petition to Fix Our Fisheries

Do you care about the future of sport fishing in Washington? 

Help fix our fisheries and shape fishing policy by signing the Fix Our Fisheries petition so that our state senators and representatives can continue to be told how important recreational fishing is. 


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Friday, June 03, 2016

2016 NMTA Elections Results

The results are in: Congratulations to Scott Anderson (CSR Marine), Paul Sorensen (BST Associates), and Alex Sutter (Fisheries Supply) on being electing to a three-year term on the NMTA Board of Trustees.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Salmon co-managers agree on Puget Sound fisheries, will work to improve season-setting process

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Treaty Tribes in Western Washington
May 26, 2016
Contacts: Ron Warren, WDFW, (360) 902-2799;
Tony Meyer, Treaty Tribes, (360) 528-4325

Salmon co-managers agree on Puget Sound fisheries,
will work to improve season-setting process

OLYMPIA – State and tribal fishery managers today agreed to Puget Sound salmon-fishing seasons for 2016, ending several weeks of extended negotiations.

Officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, and treaty tribes also agreed to work together to improve the process of setting salmon-fishing seasons, known as “North of Falcon.” The co-managers did not reach agreement during the annual season-setting process, which concluded in mid-April.

Anticipated low numbers of salmon – especially coho – returning to Puget Sound made this year’s negotiations challenging.

“Our first priority is to develop fisheries that are consistent with efforts to protect and rebuild wild salmon stocks,” said Jim Unsworth, director of WDFW. “Reaching an agreement on how to do that proved very challenging this year. Ultimately, we agreed on a package of fisheries that places a priority on conservation while allowing for limited fishing opportunities in Puget Sound.”

State and tribal fisheries will be greatly reduced this year in Puget Sound as low returns of chinook, chum and coho are expected. The tribes and state have closed all fisheries directed at returning coho, except in a few areas, where sufficient fish are expected back this year. 

With this season’s fisheries resolved, the co-managers will focus on addressing long-term resource management concerns, such as restoring habitat and boosting salmon stocks.

“Habitat restoration and protection must be at the center of that effort,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. “There is a direct connection between salmon habitat and fishing opportunities. We can’t expect salmon to thrive while their habitat continues to be lost and damaged.”

WDFW and tribal leaders said they appreciated the governor’s leadership and participation in the process, and that they remain committed to co-management of the state’s shared resources. They believe the state and tribes are most effective when working together to conserve fish, wildlife and their habitat.

Changes to this year’s Puget Sound sport salmon fisheries can be found on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/, where information on recreational salmon fisheries in ocean waters and the Columbia River also is available.

For information on tribal fisheries, contact the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (http://nwifc.org/).

Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.

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Salmon seasons set for Puget Sound; area waters expected to re-open to fishing soon

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
May 26, 2016
Contacts: John Long, (360) 902-2733;
Laurie Peterson, (360) 902-2790

Salmon seasons set for Puget Sound;
area waters expected to re-open to fishing soon

OLYMPIA – State and tribal leaders today reached an agreement on Puget Sound fisheries that is expected to pave the way toward opening summer salmon seasons and waters recently closed to recreational fishing.

The co-managers agreed on this year’s Puget Sound salmon seasons after several weeks of extended negotiations. Anticipated low numbers of salmon – especially coho – returning to Puget Sound made this year’s negotiations challenging.

Agreement on fishing seasons is a key step in obtaining a joint federal permit required to conduct fisheries in Puget Sound waters, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) closed many Puget Sound-area waters to fishing on May 1, after the previous federal authorization to conduct fisheries expired.

“We plan to re-open those waters as soon as we have federal approval,” said John Long, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW. “We anticipate getting the new permit within a few weeks.”

More information on the fisheries that closed May 1 is available on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/pugetsound_salmon_update/.

In the meantime, anglers can begin making plans to fish for salmon this summer in Puget Sound-area waters, where most of those fisheries will target hatchery chinook. Salmon fisheries throughout the Puget Sound area will be constrained to protect coho salmon and other weak salmon stocks, Long said. 

“Conservation is key in developing these fisheries, especially in a year with such low returns expected back to the Sound,” Long said. “We worked hard to meet those conservation needs and provide fisheries that are meaningful for both state and tribal fishers.”

Changes in Puget Sound salmon fisheries since last summer can be found on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/, where information on Washington’s salmon fisheries in ocean waters and the Columbia River also is available. Some of those changes include:

  • Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will be open from July 16 to Aug. 15, or when the quota of 1,395 fish is met. The area was closed last summer to chinook retention. Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will be open on the same dates as Marine Area 10, but also could close sooner if the quota of 3,056 fish is met.

  • There will be no coho fisheries in marine areas of Puget Sound, with the exception of Hood Canal, where sufficient coho are forecast to return.

  • WDFW is closing some rivers and marine areas to all salmon fishing during September and October, the peak months for coho salmon to return to Puget Sound. Rivers slated for closures include the Skagit, Stillaguamish and Nisqually. Lakes Washington and Sammamish also will be closed to fishing during those months.

  • The lower mainstem of the Skokomish River will be closed to non-tribal fishing this year due to a claim by the tribe that the river is part of the Skokomish Reservation and public access is prohibited. WDFW is working to evaluate this claim. The closed area includes the section of river from the Tacoma Public Utilities power lines (near the mouth of the river) upstream to the Bonneville Power Administration power lines (upstream and west of Highway 101). The department advises anglers to observe this closure of the state’s fishery that will be monitored by WDFW police.

More details on salmon seasons in Puget Sound and other areas of Washington will be available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ later this month.

For information on tribal fisheries, contact the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (http://nwifc.org/).

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day (May 20) and Wear It World Record Day (May 21)

Join us in celebrating Wear Your Lifejacket to Work day on Friday, May 20!

Then, on Sat. May 21, help Washington State Parks break the record for number of lifejackets worn by hosting a Wear It event! For more information and to register, click here

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Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 Q1 Boat Sales Data Now Available

2016 Q1 Boat Sales Data is now available at nmta.net. 

Head to nmta.net and go to:
Member Services > Members Only > Boat Sales Data


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Monday, May 02, 2016

Take Action Now to Save Puget Sound Salmon Fishing

Dear NMTA Member,
For the first time in thirty-two years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal fishery managers failed to reach an agreement on this year's salmon fishing seasons in Puget Sound. Without federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) approval of a joint state-tribal fishery agreement or separate approval of a stand-alone Puget Sound sport fishery plan, there will be a complete closure of all Puget Sound salmon fishing.
We can't let this happen to a Puget Sound sport fishery that generates over 500,000 angler trips and $100 million in economic value. We must work to restore transparency, fairness, and common sense to our cooperative management practices at the North of Falcon salmon season-setting process. Please click the "Click Here to Take Action" button below to urge your Washington state Congressional delegation, Governor and officials at NOAA Fisheries to take immediate action!
We commend WDFW Director Jim Unsworth and his staff for their extraordinary effort negotiating in good faith, with conservation as their first priority. Despite the serious challenges this year posed by reduced Coho and Chinook abundance, WDFW developed a plan that fell within conservation guidelines, met ESA requirements, and provided meaningful recreational fishing opportunity via Mark-Selective Fishing.
WDFW and treaty tribes met on April 27 and were once again unable to reach a responsible and equitable fishery agreement. Without this agreement, each side must independently request authorization from NOAA for their desired fisheries.
This latest crisis facing our fisheries comes on top of the failure of NOAA Fisheries to provide needed ESA permits to over a hundred salmon and steelhead hatcheries as well as the necessary reviews for the Mitchell Act program that funds one-third of all Columbia River hatchery salmon production. This puts our fisheries at extreme risk of closure due to litigation from anti-hatchery organizations!
The Recreational Fishing Community (anglers and businesses) consisting of the Coastal Conservation Association, Charter Boat Association of Puget Sound, Everett Steelhead & Salmon Club, Fish Northwest, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Outdoor Line, and Puget Sound Anglers stand together firmly on the need for NOAA Fisheries to take immediate action to approve WDFW's conservation-focused salmon fishing proposal for Puget Sound. Please contact your elected officials and NOAA Fisheries on behalf of conservation, fairness, and a Puget Sound salmon sport fishing season!

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Washington Paddlesports: A Path to the Future - May 5

Washington Paddlesports: A Path to the Future
5:00 - 9:00pm, Thursday, May 5

5:00 - 7:00pm - Meet representatives from WWTA, state agencies, and more! Or, shop at the REI store with a 20% off coupon offered upon completion of the State Parks Paddling Survey

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Presentations from:

1.       Kick off speaker - Tom Vogl, CEO of the Mountaineers
2.       Jon Snyder – Governor’s Director of Outdoor Initiatives (10 mins)
3.       Sky to Sound Water Trail presentation – Snohomish County, Annique Bennett (12 mins)  
4.       State Parks Water Access slideshow of paddlesport pictures from 67 state parks (12 mins)
5.       Washington State Parks and Paddlesports Committee (10 mins)

8:00-9:00 p.m. - Continue to shop at REI, talk with state agencies. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2016 Reel Paddling Film Festival - Friday, April 22

The 2016 Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour is coming to Seattle this Spring! Join Mountain to Sound Outfitters & Alki Kayak Tours on April 22nd/ Earth Day to celebrate the beginning of Spring, paddling season and the inspirational waterways of the world! We will be showcasing films that highlight sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and water safety with a variety of gear raffles between each film!

Since 2006, the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for this year's best paddling films. You'll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. 

When: Friday April 22nd, 2016 | 7:15pm-10pm 
Where: Pershing Hall | 3618 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98126
What: A series of short films | Cash bar | Gear Raffles
Tickets: Advance $ 12 | At the door $ 15

Click here for tickets. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gov. Inslee signs bridge-access bill

Gov. Inslee signs bridge-access bill

SEATTLE – March 29, 2016 – Paddlers in the Northwest could benefit from a bill signed Friday that requires the Washington Department of Transportation to consider access to the water when building or refurbishing bridges.

Senate Bill 6363 hopes to improve public access at bridge right-of-ways by requiring the state to include a formal evaluation of opportunities for water access within the public right-of-way on future bridge projects.

“When a bridge is constructed, it represents an important opportunity to evaluate how the public is using the site for river access and identify opportunities to both improve public safety and enhance the quality of the user experience,” said Thomas O’Keefe of American Whitewater.

The Bill was introduced in the fall of 2014 following a recommendation from the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force to address access to recreational opportunities. Based on a similar provision in the California State Highway Code, the bill passed the full Senate on March 5, 2015. However, due to issues with the bill language, the bill failed to make it out of the Rules Committee when time ran out for the 2015 legislative session.

On January 8, 2016, the bill was re-introduced by American Whitewater and the Northwest Marine Trade Association. With revised language approved by the House Transportation Committee and Washington Dept. of Transportation, the bill was passed by the Senate on Feb.17 with a unanimous 49-0 vote and the House with a 58-39 vote on March 3, 2016.

"This is a big deal for our friends in the paddling community," said Peter Schrappen, Northwest Marine Trade Association's Vice President who was the lead on the bill. "Unfortunately, our state's department of transportation has periodically built bridges and wiped out access to the water. An example of this occurred on Highway 2 over the Wenatchee River. While this doesn't always happen, this bill provides a safeguard for us."

 In Washington state, approximately 11 percent of the state’s population participates in non-motorized boating. This number grows every year and bridge construction represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to include access to the water in its design.

 For more information on this Bill, visit http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6363&year=2015


Peter Schrappen
NMTA Director of Government Affairs
(206) 634-0911


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Friday, March 25, 2016

Paddlesport Summit - May 5

Paddlesport Summit at Seattle REI
5:30-9:00 p.m.  - Thursday May 5

(Before the event, at 11:30am or 12:00pm, WWTA and state agencies start tabling to provide info and talk with those who come in the store that day and have paddlers take State Park's Paddling survey on iPads)

5:30-7:00 p.m. attendees can shop at the REI store (using an REI coupon provided to those attending the event) and WWTA/state agencies continue tabling to provide info and talk with attendees and have attendees take State Park's Paddling survey on iPads

7:00-8:00 p.m. presenters:

1.       Kick off speaker - TBA
2.       Jon Snyder – Governor’s Director of Outdoor Initiatives (10 mins)
3.       Sky to Sound Water Trail presentation – Snohomish County, Annique Bennett (12 mins)  
4.       State Parks Water Access slideshow of paddlesport pictures from 67 state parks (12 mins)
5.       Washington State Parks and Paddlesports Committee (10 mins)

8:00-9:00 p.m. attendees can continue to shop at REI, talk with state agencies

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Register now for the 2016 Northwest Paddling Festival, May 6-7

Interested in exhibiting at the 2016 Northwest Paddling Festival? 
Click here for the 2016 Exhibitor Registration Packet

Note: The above packet may take a few moments to open/download.

Attention non-profits!
Earn a free 10×10 booth by bringing in six volunteers to the event volunteer pool (this is in addition to your specific booth needs). Fill out the Exhibitor Registration Packet and in the payment area write in “Trade for volunteers”. We’ll follow up with you!
For questions, please contact the Northwest Marine Trade Association office at info@northwestpaddlingfestival.com or call 206-634-0911.

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