Regulatory Reform

NMMA Government Relations

To remain competitive, a business must anticipate and prepare for new regulations before they are imposed. NMMA Regulatory Affairs Department works to keep the marine industry ahead of the curve and abreast of potential new rules, ensuring that our industry’s voice is heard and heeded while helping businesses make sense of it all. Below is a wealth of information on regulatory issues of interest to the boating industry.

For more information, contact Cindy Squires, Chief Counsel for Public Affairs & Director of Regulatory Affairs, at 202-737-9766 or

Resources & Information   Transportation Task Force/ Trailers   U.S. Coast Guard    
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration   U.S. National Park Service   U.S. Forest Service    
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service   U.S. Bureau of Reclamation   U.S. Bureau of Land Management    
California Regional Water Quality Control Board   Invasive Species   Boat Permitting, CWA & Best Practices    
Trade and Customs   Consumer Product Safety Commission   Vessel Hull Design Protection Act    
Amicus Program   Small Business Adminstration (SBA)   Marine Sanitation Device Standards    
Gulf Coast Oil Spill   U.S. Department of Labor        
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency   Americans with Disabilities Act / Access Board   National Transportation Safety Board    

  • MVSA Comments [PDF - 115 Kb]
  • NMMA Paper to NTSB on Mandatory PFD Wear Legislation [PDF - 90.77 Kb]

    NMMA on July 30 sent a paper to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) registering its opposition to federal legislation which would require adults aboard recreational boats (except personal watercraft) to wear a personal flotation device (PFD). NMMA expressed its steadfast commitment to reducing boating accidents and related injuries and fatalities though a series of effective safety measures short of a legislative mandate on adult PFD wear.

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