October 2017   
Dear MRA Members and Friends;

I am pleased to report the 46th Annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show in Monterey was a resounding success--great sessions, a fabulous keynote speaker, and wonderful weather combined to make this the best conference yet. 

And for the first time sessions were recorded, and we plan to include many of them in the MRA website so members who missed the conference may still benefit from it.

And after two years at the helm my watch is over, and I am pleased to welcome Mark Sandoval as your new MRA president. Mark brings a wealth of experience in 
both fresh and salt water environments, directed marina and shoreline operations 
for the City of Long Beach for decades and is now General Manager of the Monterey Lakes Resort Division of the California Parks Company.   He was past President of Harbormasters and Port Captains and ably served as MRA Vice President since 2015. 
It's been said anyone can steer a ship but a leader must chart the course, and with Mark's steady hand on the wheel we can be sure the MRA course will be straight and true.  Please join me in welcoming Mark Sandoval as our president. 

Finally, I thank you for your support during my turn at the wheel (and your willingness to endure too many sea stories!)  I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter,

Fair winds,
Mark Sanders, Past President
MOU Focuses on Recruitment, Retention & Reactivation Activities 
to Increase Overall Participation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) recently announced a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) that will pave the way for increased fishing and boating participation. The unprecedented MOU, signed just after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke declared October will officially be recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Month, was created to develop and expand cooperation among the participating parties for planning and implementing mutually-beneficial projects and activities to promote recreational fishing and boating conducted on public lands and waterways.

"Anglers and recreational boaters help bolster many local economies in the pursuit of these American pastimes," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "We want to make sure to encourage more people to cast out their lines and get their boats out on the water. Partnerships like this are vital as we work to increase access to public lands and waters and pass on these traditions to future generations."

"Recreational fishing and boating are fundamental aspects of America's outdoor recreation and conservation heritage, and are great ways for people to connect with family and friends," said Greg Sheehan, Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "We look forward to working with all of our partners to continue to increase the number of anglers as well as opportunities for the public to get out and enjoy America's healthy aquatic resources. As a lifelong angler, I understand the importance of building strong partner relationships to further the opportunities for fishing by all."

"This agreement is a natural fit for the Bureau of Land Management," said acting BLM Director Michael D. Nedd. "We manage more than 132,000 miles of fishable rivers and three million acres of lakes and reservoirs--many of which offer truly world-class recreational opportunities."

"The Forest Service has a long history of working with partners to promote fishing and boating on public lands," said Deputy Chief of National Forest System, Leslie Weldon. "With over 10 million acres of lakes and reservoirs and 220,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, the National Forests and Grasslands are the perfect place to connect with the outdoors. This MOU will help us work as partners to provide excellent access and facilities for people to enjoy."

The objective of the MOU is to promote angler recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) activities with the goal of increasing the current 47 million recreational fishing participants in the U.S. ages 6+ to 60 million at the end of 60 months, or by 2021. Dubbed '60 in 60' by RBFF, the initiative was launched in April 2016.

Some efforts that may take place because of the MOU include increased volunteerism on public lands, improved quality of aquatic and riparian resources, improved recreational fishing experiences, and increased educational programs for recreational fishing and fisheries.

"Outdoor recreation is one of this nation's largest economic engines. This agreement shows a great commitment to connecting millions of Americans to the outdoors by working with the fishing and boating industry and the larger conservation community," said Ron Regan, Executive Director of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. "State fish and wildlife agencies are eager to work with our federal and NGO partners to increase overall fishing and boating participation and recognize the essential role boaters and anglers play in supporting and funding conservation and outdoor recreation nationwide."

"Fisheries conservation and management in the U.S. is largely paid for by anglers and boaters," said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. "Through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which is primarily funded by excise taxes attributable to fishing tackle and motorboat fuel, approximately $600 million is distributed annually to all 50 states for fishery projects, boating access and aquatic education. Increasing the number of people fishing and boating is essential for healthy fish and clean waters."

"The MOU provides a tremendous opportunity to work together with our partners in the outdoors and the Department of the Interior to ensure sufficient access and conservation of our nation's public waterways," said NMMA President, Thom Dammrich. "Waterway access and conservation are critical to recreational boating-an industry made up of nearly 650,000 people who help deliver an estimated $121 billion in annual economic impact in the U.S. each year."

The MOU will further advance what was a strong first year for '60 in 60' in which fishing participation among Americans age 6+ increased by 1.5 million according to the 2017 Special Report on Fishing, along with increases in key growth segments for the industry including youth and Hispanics. The recently-released USFWS 2016 National Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation national survey also revealed an increase in fishing participation - up 8.2% over the last five years among Americans ages 16+. In addition, the survey revealed fishing participation is up nearly 20% over the last 10 years and reached its highest mark since 1991.

In a new Recreational Boating Participation Study from NMMA, Discover Boating, and RBFF, 142 million Americans went boating in 2016. Of the 142 million individuals, 17 million were first-time participants, and half these first-time participants were children under the age of 18. Fishing remains the number one activity done from a boat.

"Fishing and boating participation numbers look good right now, but with all of the demographic changes taking place in our country, and the rapidly-growing use of technology, we've all got to up our game," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "This partnership is a fantastic start to a cooperative effort on the national, regional and local level to ensure fishing and boating participation thrive for years to come, supporting critical state agency wildlife management efforts."

The detailed MOU can be viewed online.

A millennial offers tips for getting younger boaters on the water
Both boaters and those who rely on boating to make a living lament that there doesn't seem to be as many younger boaters these days. The statistics back that up. According to the recently published BoatUS Magazine feature "Why Aren't Millennials Buying Boats?" (October 2017), approximately 41 percent fewer 20- to 39-year-olds owned boats in 2015 than in 2005. And while millennials may boat about as much as their parents did, the data confirms they are far less likely to own a boat.
Why? Author and millennial Fiona McGlynn, who is a professional management consultant, may have some answers.
Lower incomes, student debt, lack of technical knowledge or mechanical experience, and a culture shift that eschews conventional ownership in favor of renting take their toll on millennial (born between 1982 and 2000) boat ownership. "Young people are not giving up on boating, just going about it in a different way: chartering, borrowing, and riding along," says McGlynn, a live-aboard who recently finished her first South Pacific crossing along with her husband, Robin.
While owning a boat can be pricey, McGlynn reports, "I've met a number of young boaters finding creative ways to get out on the water without breaking the bank, such as millennials who are participating in cooperatives, who share a boat among friends, or who live aboard a boat instead of renting pricey apartments in major American waterfront cities. Several boaters interviewed for the story mentioned the increasing popularity of wake boats, in part because they carry more people and they're fun."

McGlynn ultimately writes that, in general, millennials prefer the sharing economy. She asks, why would you buy a ski house, when all you have to do is Airbnb it? She suggests it's the same with boats. "20- to 39-year-olds love boating for the same reasons their parents did. They see it as an opportunity to socialize, create family memories, and adventures, and unplug from work. Boating has the potential for a watershed moment among millennials."
The BoatUS Magazine feature also includes creative tips on how young people with no boating, sailing, or fishing experience can get on the water.
For the full story, go to BoatUS.com/millennials.
About BoatUS Magazine:
BoatUS - Boat Owners Association of The United States - is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing government representation, helpful services and money-saving discounts. Its flagship publication, BoatUS Magazine, is the largest circulation recreational marine publication in the US reaching more than half a million members with engaging content that speaks to their passion for the recreational boating and experience on the water.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) seeks public input on the future of the marina concession located within Lake Perris State Recreation Area (SRA) at a public meeting scheduled at 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the recreation area.
DPR plans to issue a Request for Proposals for a new concession contract through a competitive bid process. Input from the public meeting will aid officials in planning the marina's future facilities and operations.
For further information or to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the public meeting, please contact Concessions Specialist Anne Davigeadono via e-mail at anne.davigeadono@parks.ca.gov or phone (916) 653-8939.
Lake Perris is located 65 miles south of Los Angeles and 11 miles southeast of the city of Riverside. The park's 8,800 acres are surrounded on three sides by the Bernasconi Hills and the Russell, Apuma, and Armada Mountains. The San Bernardino, San Jacinto, and Santa Rosa Mountains' snowcapped peaks can be seen in the distance. Recreational activities in this popular park include fishing, water sports, bird watching, camping, and rock climbing.
Detailed information on the types of activities and facilities available at Lake Perris SRA can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/LakePerris.
What: Marina Concession Public Input Meeting
When: 6 p.m. November 15
Location: Lakeview Pavilion, Parking Lot 9, Lake Perris SRA 
17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA 92571.
Channel Islands Harbor Community Breathes 
New Life into Dead Space 

The Harbor Island Community Association had big dreams for a dead space in their 21-slip marina. The private community in Oxnard, California wanted a kayak launch dock. In California, waterfront real estate comes at a premium, and the space they had available wasn't ideal.

"They had this oddly shaped unused portion of their docks that they wanted to turn into a launch area for kayaks and other paddle craft," reflected Eric Noegel, Project Manager for Bellingham Marine. "It was pretty clear to them that a mass produced, cookie cutter dock wasn't going to fit the angles of the existing dock structure."

The community association reached out to Bellingham Marine, a company well versed in one-off designs.

"We quickly realized that the best solution would be a custom match-cast, post-tensioned concrete platform," commented Noegel. "The structure needed a low free-board and a unique shape to fit snug against the docks. This is the preferred methodology for a situation of this type."

With this design, there is no need for walers to hold the dock together. The continuous flotation provided by the concrete platform enables engineers to reach extremely low freeboards not possible with typical framed systems.

The dock, which measures 24 ft. by 23 ft., has two 3 ft. wide cutouts for kayaks. Each cutout has its own overhead launch bar, making ingress and egress of paddle craft safer and more stable.

The Association decided that decking the launch dock in Brazilian Ipe hardwood was the best choice. The hardwood deck provides a clean, smooth surface that is easy on kayaks and other paddle craft as well as having a high-end appearance that the community enjoys.

There are many benefits to choosing Ipe hardwood, including:
  • Excellent resistance to decay, mold and marine bores
  • A lifespan of more than 40 years
  • Great slip resistance
  • It is untreated
"We are excited that paddle craft launch docks are picking up so much support," stated Noegel. "ADA accessible launch docks in particular have become a popular request from communities across the country. There are so many unique spaces that can be retrofitted with docks like this, increasing patronage and in some cases revenue for the prospective marinas."

Bellingham Marine was responsible for all work involved in the project, including design, manufacture, assembly and installation of all dock components. 
Meeco Sullivan Adds New Midwest Region Sales Manager

Ralph Morley, Sr. Vice President for Meeco Sullivan, announced the appointment of Matt Kress as the company's new Midwest Region Sales Manager with responsibility for business development and customer service in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Mr. Kress will be based in Cleveland, OH and brings over 15 years of international leadership and sales management experience in supply chain sales, continuous improvement, and key account management.  Most recently Matt was Operations Manager for EMP Industries in St. Petersburg, FL. Matt managed all aspects of EMP's operations including manufacturing, sales, marketing and distributor and supplier agreements. Matt has also completed the Marine Engineering CE Course at the University of Wisconsin and has earned the Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Villanova University.
Ralph Morley, Sr. Vice President for Meeco Sullivan noted that "We are excited to have Matt join our team and believe his thorough understanding of marina design and engineering coupled with his passion and commitment to excellence and first-class customer service will be a real asset to our customers and marina owners and developers in the Midwest."
MEECO SULLIVAN is a leading supplier of freshwater and saltwater marinas and dock systems. Their product offering includes Galvanized Steel Dock Systems, Atlantic Glulam Timber Dock Systems, Sullivan Timber Dock Systems, Aluminum Dock Systems, Wave Attenuators, Rowing Docks, Residential Docks and Service Docks/Platforms. With over 107 years of combined experience, they are a recognized pioneer and leader in the design and construction of floating dock systems with thousands of marine installations worldwide. To learn more please visit www.meecosullivan.com or for more information contact Ralph Morley at rmorley@meecosullivan.com .

With Marine Recreation Association being the largest professional organization of marina, boatyard, hospitality, and other marine industry owners and operators located throughout the western United States with additional members in Canada, Mexico, and Australia, our mission is to provide a united voice in representing the interests of the boating industry, and to help educate and inform in all areas of recreational boating. MRA would like to welcome the following companies to our association:  
Find Slips
Point San Pablo Harbor
Snag a Slip
Structure Marine Amarco Inc.
Swell Advantage
Tomales Bay Resort & Marina

To all of our MRA Members and Future Members
The 46th Annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show that was held last week in Monterey is over but the planning input for next year's event starts immediately. I would like to thank my board of directors, conference speakers, our trade members who exhibited, and all of the attendees that came. Without your dedication, the conference would not be the success it was! A survey will be emailed via Constant Contact this week. Please take time to respond as this information is used to build next year's event. This is your conference and trade show and we want to make sure that each year exceeds the last year.
The 3rd Annual California Boating Congress will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. There will be a welcome reception the evening of February 27, 2018. More details will available in the coming months.
To our trade members, please send me your press releases on new products or services you might have. The Trade Member Highlight section is a free opportunity to advertise them! I am reaching out to all of you and asking you to send me a press release when you have a new product or service that you would like for us to highlight. There will be one each month and will be placed according to submission date. This is one more way for us to promote your support and dedication to the association. We would also like to be included in your list of press release recipients.
As the association continues to grow, we will be welcoming our new members who join in each issue. If you know any of the new members listed in this issue, please welcome them aboard!  
Many times the contact name for membership changes during the year and unless it is around renewal time, we may not be aware of the change. Please take a look at your profile and make sure to let us know if there are any changes in contact names, addresses, phone and fax numbers or email addresses so we can have the most up-to-date information for you. Also, if you do not have at least 1 logo and 1 photo (of your marina or product) please email them to mra@marina.org so they can be uploaded. You can now also add a YouTube video if you have one.
Mariann Timms
Operations Administrator
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