Author: Chad Tokowicz

Minnesota Passes Mandatory Boater Education Legislation

Program to equip boaters with the knowledge and skills to create safer waterways A bill, establishing a new Mandatory Boater Education Program, has been passed in Minnesota. The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) is delighted to celebrate the passage because a similar effort failed in the final hours in Minnesota’s 2022 legislative session. […]

A New Restriction May be on the Horizon for Gulf Coast Boating: Petition to Establish Rice’s Whale Vessel Speed Zone

Impediments to boating access, in the forms of mandatory speed zones or restrictions on boat type or activity, stand to have a major impact on your business by either keeping boaters off the water or disincentivizing folks from buying boats. As the proposed Right Whale Vessel Speed Rule, which would mandate a 10-knot speed restriction […]

MRAA, MTAs Seek Monitoring Technology to Counter Right Whale Rule

With the support of 17 state and national marine trades associations, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas submitted a letter to members of the House and Senate Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) to stall proposed changes to the onerous Right Whale Rule. MRAA and its MTA colleagues asked Committee members […]

Your Voice Moves the Needle – Help Stop Imposter Schemes!

Fraud and impersonation scams are a growing problem with increasing frequency and greater levels of sophistication. Unfortunately, due to the pervasive nature of these scams some of our very own MRAA members and staff have fallen victims to these scams. These impersonation scams manifest themselves a wide-range range of ways, from someone texting you impersonating […]

Proposed Right Whale Rule Would Have Major Impact on East Coast Boating and Fishing

August 1, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released a proposed rule to put in place additional vessel speed regulations to further protect North Atlantic right whales. The proposed rule would change the spatial and temporal boundaries of the speed reduction zones and include most vessels greater than or equal to 35 feet and less […]