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Monday, June 18, 2018

NMMA launches Discover Boating TV campaign in Seattle



Dear Industry Stakeholder,

Discover Boating is excited to announce that your market, Seattle, has been selected as one of three in the nation to be a part of this year’s television campaign. During the months of June and July, we will be airing our new “Welcome to the Water” commercials on cable and satellite television. We’ve created four commercials depicting a variety of boating activities that appeal to different people—from fishing to wakeboarding to family fun on the water. Included below is a list of the network channels airing our commercials. Ultimately, our goal is to get people excited about boating and increase their participation. As a valued member of our boating community, we want to hear from you. In early August, I will be sending another message to you that will include a link to a brief online survey. By providing your feedback, we hope to learn more about how we can support your business. Feel free to reach out to me directly with any comments or questions.

Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely, Carl Blackwell
 President, Grow Boating, Inc. (DBA Discover Boating)
312-946-6277 | cblackwell@nmma.org ***

Television Cable Network Summary:


  • HGTV
  • Food Network
  • Discovery
  • ESPN
  • TBS
  • USA
  • TNT
  • History Network
  • Bravo
  • A&E
  • AMC
  • TLC
  • Hallmark
  • Nick @ Night
  • SyFy
  • NFL Network
  • Animal Planet
  • Travel Channel
  • NBC Sports
  • VH1
  • ESPN2
  • Fox Sports
  • National Geographic
  • Golf
  • Freeform
  • E!
  • Lifetime
  • BET
  • TV Land
  • Root Sports

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Friday, June 01, 2018

2018 Board Elections Results


2018 BOARD ELECTIONS RESULTS


The 2018 Board Elections ended today at 5 p.m. Congratulations to the three new members of the NMTA Board of Trustees. Their 3-year terms begin July 1.

Tony Bulpin – Sea Hawk Paint
Joe Cline – 48 Degrees North
Clint Kirry – Hewes Marine Co.


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show draws rave reviews by businesses and visitors




Visitors and exhibitors to the newest boat show in the region draws plenty of positive response during the four-day event

ANACORTES – The new Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show held on May 17-20 at the Port of Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina exceeded expectations with an attendance of 5,214, and those in attendance and the boating industry are already looking forward to 2019!

With 263 boats on display at Cap Sante Marina and nearby boatyards plus 60 marine businesses filling the 10,000-square foot tent – the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and Port of Anacortes – teamed up to provide a very successful show at the heart of a beautiful waterfront community and gem of all marinas.

“The show exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Stephanie Hamilton, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce president. “Working with the staff of (NMTA) has been wonderful – they are true professionals with warm hearts. We were blessed with perfect weather to showcase the boats and accessories – and all the guests were happy. Looking forward to next year!”

Boat dealers and brokers were very happy with boat sales and turnout at the show. E-tickets were purchased in 15 different U.S. states and Canada, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Washington and British Columbia.

“The Anacortes Boat and Yacht show was fantastic right out of the gate,” said Kelly Hawley, owner of Tom-n-Jerry’s Boat Center and Master Marine in Mount Vernon. “Good weather, great attendance and most importantly strong sales. For the first attempt at a show of this magnitude in Anacortes I was pleasantly surprised and already planning for next year.”

“All told, this was the most professionally organized and run and promoted show we have ever seen in Anacortes,” said Matthew Thornton, general manager and certified yacht broker at BananaBelt Boats & Yachts in Anacortes. “Anacortes is indeed a splendid destination and a worthwhile show venue.”

Anacortes is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. The Anacortes area has more than 40 marine-related businesses to cover every boater’s wants and needs.

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 members’ businesses. The NMTA produces the Seattle Boat Show, the West Coast’s largest boat show and the Northwest Paddling Festival. Details: http://www.nmta.net/

About the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce
The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization representing 500 businesses, community organizations and interested individuals. Its mission is to promote economic prosperity through innovative leadership, advocacy and collaborative community engagement. The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce also acts as the Destination Marketing Organization promoting to the travelling public and greeting guests to encourage them to Experience Anacortes…your island getaway. Details: https://anacortes.org/


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018-19 salmon seasons set and Puget Sound coho fisheries back in the mix for later-summer and early-fall



PORTLAND – This year’s salmon season setting process had a totally different vibe and there was a feeling of unity between all user groups despite the usual difference in opinions over how the whole pie of sport, tribal and non-tribal fisheries was divided.
It was a sure sign of progress in a process that has long been a bitter battle filled with arguments, cultural indifference and what seemed like everyone was fishing for that “last salmon” dating back to Boldt Decision in 1975.
“This year we’ve been able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our co-managers and all those involved on objectives during this difficult process,” said Ron Warren, the head Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) salmon policy coordinator. “This renewed understanding has brought us all closer together and during the meetings nobody got angry. Nobody flipped out. And it was just a professional tough conversation.”
Lorraine Loomis, chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission also pointed out that “a bright spot in this year’s salmon season planning process was a renewed commitment by Indian and non-Indian fishermen to work together for the future of salmon and salmon fishing.”
“No fisherman wants to catch the last salmon,” Loomis said. “We know that the ongoing loss of habitat, a population explosion of hungry seals and sea lions and the needs of endangered southern resident killer whales are the real challenges facing us today. We must work together if we are going to restore salmon to sustainable levels.”
The state’s 2018-19 salmon fishing seasons – developed by the WDFW, treaty tribal co-managers, federal fishery agencies and representatives from the sport and commercial fishing sectors – were crafted this past week during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) meeting in Portland, Oregon.
Washington anglers can expect another season of woes with a decline in ocean salmon fisheries and for chinook from Strait of Juan de Fuca clear into Puget Sound, but a glimmer of hope lies within an increased opportunity for coho in Puget Sound.
“Back in 2015 and in the years that followed when we started to close our rivers and marine areas for coho fishing it really hurt,” Warren said. “To have made those difficult choices back then, we are now seeing the benefits and it felt good at table during these meetings to finally get them back for anglers to enjoy. We may not have done the same for chinook, but every year brings new challenges and we can only hope that in the future those will also come into play by the sacrifices we make today.”
In recent years, unfavorable environmental conditions, such as warm ocean water and drought, have drastically reduced the number of salmon returning to Washington’s waters despite slight gains for some runs.
As what commonly happens annually in this salmon fishing season setting process termed the “North of Falcon” is the undeniable element of surprise.
While all parties worked toward achieving cuts and protection on “key stocks” such as Nooksack early-returning chinook, it was this year’s “white elephant in the room” of mid-Hood Canal chinook that created some last-minute issues. Mid-Hood Canal chinook have been an apparent issue for a good number of previous years.
The challenge of mid-Hood Canal chinook continued into Tuesday as fishery managers and fishing constituents worked toward finding ways of healing the remaining deficit to meet this stock’s management objective, and potential cuts to sport fisheries in Puget Sound and ocean fisheries considered to address this problem.

Catch inputs for summer sport fisheries in northern Puget Sound and south-central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Areas 9 and 11) would be reduced without changing the seasons, by eliminating the so-called “performance adjustments” that have increased the catches or encounters of chinook in recent years and reduced the risk that those fisheries could require in-season adjustment.
Originally the northern Puget Sound summer fishery was modeled with a catch limit of 7,300 hatchery chinook and was trimmed to 5,563 fish – a similar figure to the 2017 quota – and was expected to last one-month when it opens in July. Modeling by WDFW staff suggested this change would likely result in a shorter 2018 season given the forecast of increased hatchery chinook in the area this summer.
In south-central Puget Sound a performance adjustment reduces the catch from 6,691 hatchery chinook to 4,147. WDFW staff did not conclude the risk of an in-season closure was significantly elevated.
No change was purposed for the central Puget Sound (Area 10) summer hatchery chinook fishery that would also start on July 16 with a cap of 4,743 hatchery chinook. There will also be a coho only directed fishery in June.
While inner-Elliott Bay saw a brief three-day summer king opportunity in 2017, this coming summer the popular fishery in front of the Emerald City will remain closed.
A drive to have the Elliott Bay summer sport chinook fishery was supported by the Muckleshoot Tribe who understand the value to sport anglers. Both WDFW and tribal parties assured the Green River will achieve conservation targets and get enough chinook back to hatchery facilities.
In the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Sekiu (Area 5) will open for summer hatchery king fishing from July 1 through Aug. 15, but Area 6 won’t
open until July 3 – a reduction of three days compared to initial plans – and would switch to non-retention of chinook in the last two weeks of August and remain open for coho.
The Area 5 winter chinook fishery will be open mid-February of 2019 through April 30 while Area 6 is open Feb. 1 through April 15.
For the summer sport king fishery in San Juan Islands (Area 7), the month of September has been changed to require release of chinook while remaining open to coho retention.
The good news for Puget Sound is an extended coho fishing season – something that hasn’t happened for more than three years.
This includes a hatchery coho season in northern Puget Sound from July through September, and a non-select coho fishery from June through mid-November in central Puget Sound.
There will also be some late-summer and early-fall coho fisheries in Areas 5 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2, 11, 12 and 13.
WDFW and Pacific Fishery Management Council developed a more curtailed ocean salmon fishing option from Neah Bay to Ilwaco due to a downward trend in 2018 for some chinook and coho runs including a poor forecast for Queets wild coho and Lower Columbia River “tule” chinook stocks.
“This year’s package includes some very restrictive seasons in both commercial and recreational fisheries along the entire coast. Low abundances of chinook and coho are in part due to the poor ocean conditions the adult fish faced as juveniles when they entered the ocean, and poor in-river habitat and water conditions. Tribal, commercial, and recreational fishers continue to bear a large part of the burden of conservation,” said Pacific Fishery Management Council Chairman Phil Anderson.

The total allowable ocean sport catch is 27,500 chinook down from 45,000 last year; and 42,000 hatchery coho, which is the same as last year.
A total Columbia River fall chinook forecast of 365,000 is about half of the 10-year average and falls below the 582,600 forecast and actual return of 475,900 last year.
The Columbia River chinook forecast is 112,500, which is down in 50 percent from last year.
Hatchery chinook known as “tule” and other lower river chinook stocks are the most prized sport fish and a driving force in ocean fisheries off Ilwaco, Westport and at Buoy 10 near the Columbia River mouth.
The “upriver bright” chinook return of 67,300 (53,100 last year) to Columbia above Bonneville Dam are also down more than 50 percent of the most recent 10-year average.
A forecast of 286,200 coho are forecast to return to Columbia River in 2018, which is down almost 100,000 fish from last year. About 279,300 actually returned last year where some coho stocks are listed on the Endangered Species Act.
The ocean sport seasons are as follows:
Ilwaco (Area 1) will be open daily from June 23 through Sept. 3 with a 21,000 hatchery coho and 8,000 chinook quota. Daily limit is two salmon and no more than one may be a chinook.
Westport (Area 2) will be open Sundays through Thursdays only from July 1 through Sept. 3 with 15,540 hatchery coho and 13,100 chinook quota. Daily limit is two salmon and no more than one may be a chinook.
La Push (Area 3) will be open daily June 23 through Sept. 3 with 1,090 hatchery coho and 1,500 chinook. Daily limit is two salmon.
Neah Bay (Area 4) will be open daily June 23 through Sept. 3 with 4,370 hatchery coho and 4,900 chinook. Daily limit is two salmon and no more than one may be a chinook. No chum can be retained beginning Aug. 1. Beginning Aug. 1, chinook non-retention east of Bonilla-Tatoosh line during council managed ocean fishery.
Buoy 10 opens Aug. 1 with expected catch of 25,000 hatchery coho in August and September.
All areas could close sooner if catch quotas are achieved.
For more information on this year’s salmon fisheries, visit WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/. To view the tribal news release, go to https://nwifc.org/.

Other Puget Sound fisheries
The sockeye forecast of 35,002 to Baker Lake is strong enough to allow for both a lake fishery, open July 7 through Sept. 7 (three sockeye daily limit), and a fishery on Skagit River from Highway 536 to mouth of Gilligan Creek will be open June 16 through July 15.
The Skokomish River will remain closed to non-tribal fishing this year due to an ongoing dispute over the Skokomish Reservation boundary.
The Snohomish river system including the Skykomish and Snoqualmie will be open Sept. 16 for a coho directed fishery.
The Skykomish, a section of Skagit and Cascade rivers will also be open for hatchery chinook beginning June 1. The Nooksack River will be open for coho.
The east side of Whidbey Island (Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2) will be open for coho in August and September. The areas will re-open to fishing for hatchery chinook in December.
South Sound freshwater anglers will have the opportunity to fish for coho in Minter Creek beginning Oct. 16. Strong hatchery chinook returns are expected to several south Sound rivers this year.
Southern Resident Killer Whales: The governor and NOAA Fisheries have instructed WDFW to take steps to help recover killer whales. In meeting conservation objectives for wild salmon, the co-managers are also limiting fisheries in areas where southern resident killer whales are known to feed. The adjustments will aid in minimizing boat presence and noise and decrease competition for chinook and other salmon in these areas critical to the declining whales.
Columbia River fisheries
The Buoy 10 salmon fishery will be open from Aug. 1 through Sept. 4 (Labor Day) with a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. From Sept. 5 through Sept. 30, anglers will have a daily limit of two hatchery coho, but must release all chinook. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, the fishery will be open for chinook and hatchery coho, with a daily limit of two adult salmon.
The summer season on the mainstem Columbia River from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open from June 22 through July 4 for hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) summer chinook. Bonneville Dam to Hwy. 395 near Pasco is open from June 16 through July 31. The daily limit will be two adult hatchery salmonids. All sockeye must be released.
Buoy 10 salmon fishery will be open from Aug. 1 through Aug. 24 for chinook retention.  The daily limit is one salmonid (chinook, hatchery coho or hatchery steelhead). From Aug. 25 through Dec. 31, anglers will have a daily limit of two salmonids, but chinook must be released and no more than one hatchery steelhead may be kept.
Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Lewis River will be open from Aug. 1 through Sept. 2 for chinook retention. The daily limit is one adult salmonid. From Sept. 3 through Dec. 31, anglers will have a daily limit of two adult salmonids, but chinook must be released and no more than one hatchery steelhead may be kept.
Lewis River upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open Aug. 1 through Sept. 14 for chinook retention. The daily limit is one adult salmonid.  During Sept. 15 through Dec. 31, anglers will have a daily limit of two adult salmonids, but chinook must be released and no more than one hatchery steelhead may be kept.
Bonneville Dam upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 with a daily limit of two adult salmonids with no more than one chinook and no more than one hatchery steelhead.
Sockeye, chum and jacks
Columbia River anglers are reminded that retention of sockeye and chum salmon is prohibited. Catch limits for jack salmon – salmon that return at a younger age – follow typical permanent regulations and will be listed in the 2018-19 pamphlet.

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Monday, April 02, 2018

NMTA Grow Boating Committee provides grant/loan funding to 18 Northwest boating programs







                                                                                                   April 2, 2018

SEATTLE – The Northwest Marine Trade Association’s (NMTA) Grow Boating Grant Program announced it has given $24,072 in funding or loan opportunities to 18 boating programs in the Pacific Northwest.

Over the past 15 years the program has invested around $2-million in funding to non-profit groups or organizations that help boost the number of boaters and watercraft users and encourages boaters to use their boat more often. The Grow Boating Program is funded through a surcharge on square-footage rented during the Seattle Boat Show.

This year 28 applicants submitted a request of $128,000, and the Grow Boating Committee members spent the past two months pouring over the requests, which were all noteworthy in one way or another.

Those awarded in 2018 with funding cover a very diverse area that includes everything from power and sail boats; smaller watercraft like kayaks, canoes and paddle- and sail-boards; equipment and gear; promotional and marketing funding; to educational youth events and outreach programs.

The NMTA Grow Boating Committee oversees the management and allocation of NMTA's regional Grow Boating fund, and determines what programs, events and promotions should be undertaken to encourage boating in the Northwest.

2018 Grant funding was awarded to:

•Gratitude Sailing that promotes social and spiritual wellness of those with ‘ongoing” or “once in a lifetime” crisis of a physical, mental, or social nature through sailing.

•Clam Island Rowing offers high-school age students in the Bremerton, Silverdale and surrounding Kitsap County region a chance to participate in a class-based rowing program with scholarships top at-risk teens.

•The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle has a public sailing event titled CastOFF! on Lake Union that has benefitted thousands of people to the joys of boating for more than 25 years.

•Columbia Gorge Racing Association has offered sailing programs for the past 11 years in the Cascade Locks to introduce young sailors to the love of the sport, and strives to change the lives of those in economic hard hit surrounding communities.

•Community Boating Center of Bellingham targets youth who are new to boating in their “Experience Sailing” program as well as helping disadvantaged youth to engage in their free programs once they’ve taken the class.

•The Dominion Historical Workboat Association works with City of Bremerton and local schools to offer free experiences aboard, focusing on those new to boating especially youth and underrepresented people.

•PNW Chapter of ACBS provides free boat rides to the public at the Renton River Days (July 27-29) Boat Show. Youth age 12 and under are given lifejackets as well as provided to all adults during boat rides. Last year’s event, provided more than 500 boat rides.

•Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club has without obligation free human powered boating to kids and even their parents at the Paddle, Splash & Play event. This year’s event is Aug. 11 at Nine Mile Recreation Area in Nine Mile Falls.

•The Friday Harbor Power Squadron offers the public how to handle their boat and/or rental boat with a classroom and on-water exercises to gain confidence and awareness of boating safety.

•Sail Sand Point in North Seattle strives to provide program that benefits underserved youth, adults and families a chance to experience getting on the water sailing, paddling and exploring the marine environment in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

•Oregon Boating Foundation in Newport, OR, partners with the Port of Toledo to host “Free Family Boating” in the summer, which is designed to lower the barrier to entry for the public to try sailing and kayaking for free. They also offer affordable summer youth programs.

•Founded in 1965, the Renton Sailing Center offers a free introductory sailing opportunity to the public the “Experience Renton Sailing Event” and also has four small boat sailing classes open to all levels of ability.

•Youth Marine Foundation in Tacoma provides youth a chance to hop aboard boats, learn seamanship and touch the waters of Puget Sound. Their 2018 program called “Sails & Trails” summer camp offers 90 to 100 youth age 11 to 15 to enjoy and teach the skills of boating.

•Since 2011, the Duwamish Rowing Club has brought the sport of rowing and boating to youth and the people within local South Seattle communities of South Park, Georgetown and the surrounding Duwamish Valley area.

•Sound Experience has operated the 133-foot gaff-rigged Schooner Adventuress since 1989 to provide more than 50,000 youth with effective educational programs. Their work force development has also produced a good number of people employed in the boating industry

•The Point Defiance Marina-Metro Parks of Tacoma has a unique program during “Free Fishing Weekend “in June that mixes sport-fishing and power boating to the public. They also offer a wide-range of public opportunities to get more people on the water.

•Founded in 1995, the Sammamish Rowing provides on the water exposure for all levels of youth to adults to the sport of rowing in their state-of-the-art facility. The club strives to be an inclusive program that excels in all aspects of the sport.

•Gig Harbor BoatShop provides classic small-craft for community use and gives access of boats to patrons that otherwise might not be able to discover the joys and ease of boating.

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 members’ businesses. The NMTA produces the Seattle Boat Show, the West Coast’s largest boat show and the Northwest Paddling Festival. Details: http://www.nmta.net/.

Other notable Grow Boating accomplishments

•Promotes fishing opportunities to more than 40,000 participants in derbies as part of the www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com. This year’s derby series consists of 15 events across the Pacific Northwest and has seen growth in derby participation since derby series began in 2004.

•Provided thousands of boat rides during free boat ride events held in Issaquah, Renton and Tacoma between 2003 and 2017. Provided sailboat rides to hundreds of people during 2017 Downtown Sailing Series. Attracted more than 800 people interested in going for a sailboat ride during the summer.

•Supported local boating clubs and youth programs through the distribution of grant funds aimed at growing boating.



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New Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show drops anchor May 17-20 at Cap Sante Marina





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Adventures Begin Here! Anacortes is the premier “Spring Destination” point for all things boating and much more at the newest boat show in this region

ANACORTES – Spring is blooming for boaters to hop onboard the new Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show May 17-20 at the Port of Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina that is projected to have nearly 300 boats on display.

The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) and Anacortes Chamber of Commerce have come together for this show set in one of region’s most popular boating areas. Attendees can soak in the sights of in-water and shore-side boats ranging from trailer-sized to a 68-foot Prestige from Sundance Yachts. Boats for sale include new and brokerage types in the water at the marina, and at nearby boatyards – Banana Belt Boats and North Harbor Diesel – located just south of the marina with free bus shuttle service. In the marina parking area there will be a large display of boats on trailers, and a huge shoreside tent filled with accessories and electronics.

“Teaming with the producers of the Seattle Boat Show to bring their expertise to our beautiful waterfront community and the gem of all marinas – Cap Sante Marina, is yet another way to offer our guests an opportunity to experience Anacortes – our island getaway,” said Stephanie Hamilton, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce president.

Anacortes is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. The Anacortes area has more than 40 marine-related businesses to cover every boater’s wants and needs. For details, go to https://anacortesboatandyachtshow.com/.

Tickets
Cost is $10 for adults; $15 for unlimited pass; youth 17-and-under are free; 50-percent off for Veterans every day of show; and Yacht Club Members get in free on Thursday and Friday. E-tickets will go on sale April 2 and include a 12-month subscription to Sea Magazine and/or Boating World.

Hotel, Shopping and Dining
Attendees who stay at participating hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast locales will receive two free tickets to the show for each nights’ stay. Accommodations are available for all price ranges with several offering pristine views of the surrounding waters. There are many sights to see, places to shop and restaurants from casual to fine dining. For details, go to https://anacortes.org/.

The Anacortes Farmers Market happens on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors offer farmers produce, yummy food and vibrant art plus live music. After the show, head over to Swinomish Casino & Lodge or take a hike and soak in sunset views at Mount Erie Park, the highest point on Fidalgo Island. Other activities include exploring nearby Washington Park and Deception Pass State Park; whale watching with local charter-boat businesses; having a picnic or strolling at Storvik Park or Seafarers Memorial Park; or viewing the Anacortes Mural Project on Commercial Avenue.


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 members’ businesses. The NMTA produces the Seattle Boat Show, the West Coast’s largest boat show and the Northwest Paddling Festival. Details: http://www.nmta.net/

About the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce
The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization representing 500 businesses, community organizations and interested individuals. Its mission is to promote economic prosperity through innovative leadership, advocacy and collaborative community engagement. The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce also acts as the Destination Marketing Organization promoting to the travelling public and greeting guests to encourage them to Experience Anacortes…your island getaway. Details: https://anacortes.org/




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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WDFW Commission says state fishery managers need better balance on Puget Sound selective hatchery Chinook fishing opportunities and conservation issues

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Commission advised state fishery managers Tuesday to make concessions for better balance between conservation and fishing opportunities on a revised Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan.

The 10-year proposal came to light on Dec. 1 when it was submitted to NOAA, and was negotiated prior to between WDFW and Treaty Tribal fisheries managers.


The initial plan was supposed to take effect beginning in 2019 through 2029, and also had to potential to impact the 2018 salmon fishing seasons.

At a commission meeting on Jan. 19, George Harris, CEO and President of the Northwest Marine Trade Association along with other sport-fishing industry groups including Puget Sound Anglers, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Fish Northwest and Coastal Conservation Association voiced their concerns of the proposal that would’ve adversely affected the future of marked-selective fishing opportunities for hatchery salmon.

During a conference call Tuesday, the commission – a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for WDFW – instructed state fishery managers to explore a variety of options as they revisit catch rates and other pieces of the updated plan.

"Ultimately, we would all like to see salmon runs restored in Puget Sound, but severely restricting fisheries isn't the only path to achieving that goal," Brad Smith, commission chairman said in a news release. "For that reason, we advised WDFW staff to explore other salmon recovery options, including improvements to habitat and hatchery operations."

The increased protection for wild chinook in Stillaguamish and Snohomish rivers would’ve severely restricted numerous fisheries since those fish are intermingled with healthy hatchery salmon stocks and caught in many areas of Puget Sound as well as Canada and clear up to Alaska the northern-most area of their migration path.

NOAA already notified the co-managers the plan was insufficient, noting that several key salmon stocks wouldn’t meet new — more restrictive — federal conservation objectives.

"Over the last few weeks, we've heard from many people who are concerned this plan could result in the closure of all Puget Sound sport fisheries, but that's not the case," Smith said. "Yes, the plan does call for reductions to some fisheries, especially in years of low salmon abundance. But we have an opportunity – given the need to revise the plan – to use various mitigation tools to offset impacts from fisheries when and where appropriate."

The commission asked WDFW to look at ways to increase habitat restoration efforts; improve hatchery operations, including increasing production to support salmon recovery efforts; and reduce populations of predators, such as seals and sea lions.

The review process will take 18 months once the federal agency gives approval that the plan is sufficient for a full review, making it likely a revision won't take effect until the 2020-2021 fishing season.
In the future, there will be opportunities for public comment during that review process, and the commission has requested for regular updates.
The hope is that a long-term management plan will reduce uncertainty in the annual salmon season-setting process, providing more stability for sport and commercial fisheries.

The commission asked state fishery managers to continue to discuss the possibility of using the 2017 conservation objectives for this year's upcoming planning efforts.
The salmon forecast public meeting is Feb. 27 at the Lacey Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A series of meeting will follow in what is termed the “North of Falcon Process” and final seasons will be set on April 6-11 in Portland, Oregon. 


Members that would like to learn more about the plan, along with feedback from NOAA, can go to https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/chinook/.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Proposed Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan – NMTA Update


The Northwest Marine Trade Association staff has been following closely a 10-year proposal on a new Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan that would take effect beginning in 2019, and could potentially impact the 2018 fishing seasons.
The proposal recently submitted to NOAA came to light on Dec. 1, and was negotiated between the Washington Department of Fish staff and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Puget Sound Treaty Tribes.
Last month, the NMTA staff of George Harris, Peter Schrappen and Mark Yuasa, attended two meetings with WDFW director Jim Unsworth and staff in Olympia. Other sport-fishing industry groups on hand for the meetings were Puget Sound Anglers, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Fish Northwest and Coastal Conservation Association as well as some members of the WDFW Commission.
The NMTA is very concerned about the harvest management plan set forth by the department, which could adversely affect the future of marked-selective fishing opportunities for hatchery salmon from 2019 to 2029.
NMTA President/CEO George Harris sent a letter to WDFW Commissioners with copies to Governor Jay Inslee; Jim Unsworth, WDFW Director; State of Washington Senate and House Members; State of Washington Members of Congress; and Mike Grossman, Washington Attorney General’s Office. You can view the letter at this link: http://www.nmta.net/files/Downloads/NMTA%20Letter%20to%20F%20and%20W%20Commission%20122817.pdf.
Members that would like to learn more about the plan are encouraged to read this link: https://tidalexchange.com/2018/01/04/wdfw-gives-up-puget-sound-fishing-for-nothing/.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Copper Paint News: Ecology offers guidance on the 2018 ban

News from the Department of Ecology:

The statement reads:

As of January 1, 2018, Washington law bans the sale of new boats with copper-based antifouling paint. However, the Department of Ecology has proposed legislation that would delay ban until January 1, 2021. The proposed legislation will be considered in the upcoming legislative session that starts January 8, 2018.

While the bill is being considered by the Legislature, Ecology will not be dedicating resources to enforcement at this time. If the Legislature chooses to leave the ban in place, Ecology will reprioritize and start enforcing the ban as needed and as resources permit.


Please contact Kimberly Goetz at (360) 407-6754 or kimberly.goetz@ecy.wa.gov if you have questions about the proposed legislation, the existing ban, or other related issues.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

New WDFW proposed Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan




The Northwest Marine Trade Association staff attended a meeting Thursday in Olympia with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) director Jim Unsworth and staff on Thursday to discuss a new Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan that would take effect during the 2019 fishing season.
Other sport-fishing industry groups on hand were Puget Sound Anglers, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Fish Northwest and Coastal Conservation Association as well as some members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The NMTA is very concerned about the harvest management plan set forth by the department, which could adversely affect the future of sport salmon fishing opportunities from 2019 to 2029.
The NMTA and other user-groups asked specific questions, and are waiting to get an analysis response and more details on the proposal from WDFW before making any further decisions. A link to the comprehensive plan can be found on the WDFW website by going to


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Friday, November 10, 2017

West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat awarded to Lake Coeur d’Alene angler








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     West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat awarded to Lake Coeur d’Alene angler

SEATTLE – Nov. 10, 2017 – Gary March of Worley, Idaho, had hit a low point in his life while on a recent mule deer hunting trip at Fort Peck Reservoir in northeastern Montana.

“I was in an area that didn’t have cell phone coverage, and nine miles from the boat launch when I lost control of my truck and boat, and went off a 30-foot embankment,” March said. “There was a little damage to the boat, but the truck is totaled. It took me a few days to get the trailer fixed before I could get it home.”


While waiting for repairs in Jordan, Montana, he sat in his hotel room, and noticed three voicemails on his cell phone that lifted his emotions.
Those calls were coming from Karsten McIntosh with the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA). McIntosh had great news: March’s name had been randomly drawn on Nov. 5 at the Everett No-Coho Blackmouth Derby from more than 4,000 anglers following the conclusion of the 2017 West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

McIntosh had notified March that he had won the grand prize, a fully-equipped 22-foot Hewescraft OceanPro aluminum boat with Honda motors and trailer valued at around $85,000.

And this is where the story gets interesting since the boat that slipped off the side of a remote road along the fifth largest artificial lake in the U.S. was also a 22-foot Hewescraft OceanPro!

“(McIntosh) called me, told me I won a boat and I said you’ve got to be kidding me,” March said. “My emotions were pretty low at the time, and then I was right back on top. I had a pretty big swing of emotions at that moment.”

Call it divine intervention or fate, but according to March, everyone has always called him “Lucky” his whole life and winning this beautiful boat definitely sealed the deal!

March’s name was entered into the derby series drawing after fishing in The Big One Salmon Derby on Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho on July 26-30.

“I had a really slow tournament this summer, and have fished it for over 20 years with my wife Claire,” said March. “This was the first time I fished the tournament after a few years off.”

March, who lived most of his life in Spokane, had just retired back in March after a 45-year career with White’s Boot Company in Spokane.
The boat is the 14th 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 250-horsepower Honda and a 9.9-horsepower Honda trolling motor, on an EZ Loader tandem axle trailer. The boat came fully-equipped with top-of-the-line extras including Raymarine electronics, Scotty Downriggers, and a Dual Electronics stereo.

“How exciting for Gary to win this fully-loaded boat, and I can’t wait to see him out on the water at Coeur d’Alene next summer,” said Mark Yuasa, who coordinates the Northwest Salmon Derby Series and chatted with the “Lucky” derby winner. “There was nothing more thrilling than to hear how happy he was after winning this impressive fully-geared fishing boat.”

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 2017, the Series included 14 derbies in Washington, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. 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.

Now that March is retired and has a new home on Lake Coeur d’Alene he plans to make good use of the boat and hopefully eclipse his best chinook catch of 24.9 pounds on the expansive 25-mile lake.

“I’m retired and with this waterfront home on the lake and now the owner of a new boat, I will definitely be fishing this derby every summer,” he said with excitement.
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For more information on the West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series, visit www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com.

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About the Northwest Marine Trade Association
The NMTA is the nation’s largest regional marine trade association. It represents more than 725 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

Contact
Mark Yuasa
NMTA Director of Grow Boating Programs
and NW Salmon Derby Series
(206) 619-8868



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ABBRA Certified Marine Service Manager course - December 3-7 in Everett

Looking to take the next step in your career or develop leaders in your workforce?

The American Boatbuilders & Repairers Association - Since 1943The Northwest Marine Trade Association is excited to bring NMTA members a unique opportunity to further careers in Marine Service Management. The NMTA will co-host the ABBRA Certified Marine Service Manager course with the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association December 3rd-7th in Everett, WA. The course is taught by experienced industry professionals and is designed for managers and department heads in boatyards, marine service businesses, and boat building companies presently working in or toward leadership roles. NMTA members may register for the course at ABBRA member rates, a savings of over $450.


The ABBRA CMSM is an invaluable resource in upskilling your workforce or furthering your career in the boatyard, marine service, or boat building sectors of the marine industry. In the four-day course, participants gain new insights on issues and challenges common throughout boatyard, boat repair and boat building businesses from their peers and seasoned instructors. Attendees also establish strong and lasting networks of contacts in the industry throughout the country.
Course registration is now open, and is limited to 30 participants. Register early to ensure your place in the course. We hope to see you there!
Participants will leave with a concrete understanding of how to:
ü  Improve themselves, their work habits and leadership skills, including time management, scheduling, work force management and corporate communication.

ü  Manage repair and refit projects in the context of operational workflow.

ü  Meet environmental management and safety standards.

ü  Build and deliver a highly functioning customer service system, increase customers’ satisfaction and loyalty.

ü  Avoid common legal issues and understand the basics of maritime law and how it affects business operations.

ü  Build teams and motivate employees.

ü  Deal with emergencies such as fire, storms and accidents.

ü  Additional topics such as; administrative efficiencies, facility management and codes and standards.

Course Descriptions:

Personal Development/Time Management
The participant will become familiar with the soft skills that are critical to running a successful operation. The module covers self-motivation, team building, communication skills, planning, decision making, problem-solving and time management.
Human Resource Management for boat builders, repairers & service businesses
This module will address potential HR issues, valuing differences, and take a closer look at building productive teams and other factors that result in providing the quality product your customer deserves.
Leadership in Boatyard Health, Safety and Emergency Response
If you are a Boatyard, Boat Builder or Marine Service business trying to be successful in this economy, complying with environmental, health & safety regulations has become challenging in recent years. A successful program, requires a plan that insures you are inspection ready and includes paperwork, training, accountability and basic site safety. During this portion of the course, we will give you the tools necessary to properly and effectively manage your environmental, health and safety program.
Understanding General Maritime Law Concepts
Legal considerations and the anticipation of legal entanglements are an everyday part of marine service operations, and the competencies gained in this area will affect a service facility’s bottom line. The course will focus on how a manager can direct operations to minimize the potential for legal conflicts in the context of liability and risk management. We will identify steps to rectify situations that can lead to expensive losses.
Job Estimating and Project Management
Estimating is often considered the most difficult and one of the most important parts of a refit, a repair job or a custom build. This module will address the difference between an estimate and a quote, appropriate use of time and materials vs. a fixed price and how to handle change orders. From initial work order to final payment, these sessions will cover the phases of managing a work order, seeing to its successful completion, on time, and reflecting quality workmanship at a fair price.
 Study Tour

In addition to the lectures and interactive discussions, ABBRA’s MSM participants will participate in a study tour at a local boatyard and a boat building company where they will apply their newly gained insights to identifying problems and good business practices as well as proposing corrective measures and modifications based on their observations. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

NMTA Annual Meeting, November 8 - Register now!

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Join NMTA members and staff Wednesday, November 8 for the NMTA Annual Meeting at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott.
This year, Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s Seafood Company, will be the featured speaker. Donegan is active in the Seattle community and will share highlights, stories, and knowledge of Seattle and it’s maritime background that he has gained since joining Ivar’s as Chief Fin Officer in 1997.
NMTA is especially excited to welcome you to the Seattle waterfront for this event to showcase our new venue for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show - Bell Harbor Marina! Each registered attendee to the Annual Meeting will also receive a complimentary parking pass to the Bell Street Garage for the evening, the site of our free parking promotion for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show. Be the first to try our big promotion!
What: NMTA Annual Meeting
Where: Seattle Waterfront Marriott
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
When: Nov. 8, 2017 - 6 to 9 p.m.
Registration: $20/person
Includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

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Register now for the NMTA Annual Meeting - November 8
2017AnnualMeetingSavetheDateHQ
Join NMTA members and staff Wednesday, November 8 for the NMTA Annual Meeting at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott.
This year, Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s Seafood Company, will be the featured speaker. Donegan is active in the Seattle community and will share highlights, stories, and knowledge of Seattle and it’s maritime background that he has gained since joining Ivar’s as Chief Fin Officer in 1997.
NMTA is especially excited to welcome you to the Seattle waterfront for this event to showcase our new venue for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show - Bell Harbor Marina! Each registered attendee to the Annual Meeting will also receive a complimentary parking pass to the Bell Street Garage for the evening, the site of our free parking promotion for the 2018 Seattle Boat Show. Be the first to try our big promotion!
What: NMTA Annual Meeting
Where: Seattle Waterfront Marriott
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
When: Nov. 8, 2017 - 6 to 9 p.m.
Registration: $20/person
Includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Sponsored by:


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