Boating Industry

October 2016

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INDUSTRY NEWS October 2016 | Boating Industry | 13 area. NOAA and the Department of the In- terior will be responsible for managing the expanded marine monument and have been given three years to put forward implement- ing regulations. President Obama's action follows a proposal put forward by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Hawaiian state officials and Native Hawaiian leaders. "We are pleased that the administration recognizes the conservation contributions of sportfishing," said Scott Gudes, vice presi- dent of Government Affairs for the Ameri- can Sportfishing Association. "This designation is an important exam- ple of how resource conservation and rec- reational activities, such as sportfishing and boating, can go hand in hand," noted Nicole Vasilaros, National Marine Manufacturers Association vice president. "Recreational fishing and boating are compatible with conservation, and that is brightly highlighted in this designation," said Center for Coastal Conservation President Jeff Angers. Ken Cook Co. acquires NMMA's boat owner's manual business The National Marine Manufacturers Asso- ciation has transferred ownership of its boat owner's manual program for boat builders to Ken Cook Co. NMMA's boat owner's manuals were created to help the recreational boater op- erate their craft with safety and pleasure in an easy to understand format. They contain details of the craft; typical equipment sup- plied or fitted to its systems; and informa- tion on its operation and maintenance for four classes of boats: runabouts (propeller & jet drives); fishing & skiing; sportfish/ cruiser/yachts; and pontoon/deck style. There are no current plans to change the manuals in this transition and Ken Cook Co. will enhance the ordering process with an online bookstore. "Owner manuals are important resources for recreational boaters and NMMA has provided them as a service to our mem- bers," said Robert Newsome, vice president of engineering standards for NMMA. "The transition to Ken Cook Co. will be seamless as they are the ideal partner for this program with their extensive marine industry experi- ence, as well as programming, printing and fulfillment capabilities." Ken Cook Co. is known throughout North America and Europe for their owner's manuals and other customer support re- sources for boats and accessories, creating materials for more than 50 boat builders. "We have an outstanding staff of con- tent creators, illustrators, writers, publishers and application developers that routinely provide our customers with unique solu- tions," said John Jost, director of marine solutions for Ken Cook Co. "Given our ac- tive involvement with a number of marine associations including ABYC, NMMA and WSIA, we are committed to bringing value to our customers with the latest regulations and safety information." Boating Industry

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