Executive Director: Melissa Danko
Project Manager: Chelsea Simkins
Established in 1972, the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the recreational marine industry and waterways in New Jersey. The MTA/NJ is dedicated to promoting the interests of the industry as a whole for the benefit of its individual members and the consumers whom they serve.
The MTA/NJ maintains a year round fully staffed office representing the interests of the industry and providing assistance and information to members, marine businesses and the boating public. The MTA/NJ staff is available to help marine businesses and boaters with questions and to provide guidance in solving boating and marine related problems.
The MTA/NJ has an aggressive approach to legislative issues, lobbying and governmental relations through its lobbyist from State House Strategies in Trenton. The MTA/NJ is very active in the movement, opposition and/or consideration of many pieces of legislation involving the recreational boating industry. The MTA/NJ meets frequently with legislators from all districts to raise awareness and support of the recreational boating industry and fight for the rights of its members and marine businesses helping them to grow and prosper in the State of NJ.
The MTA/NJ spends a significant amount of time and resources promoting the boating industry and member businesses to ensure that boating continues to grow. This is done through strategic advertising, marketing, promotions, special events and annual campaigns designed to get more people out on the water and into boating.
The MTA/NJ owns and produces two boat shows, the Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo, held at FirstEnergy Park – Home of the Lakewood BlueClaws in September and the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, Edison in February. The MTA/NJ is committed to making sure that there are affordable and successful local boat shows to support New Jersey’s boat dealer members as well as all those that provide related goods and services. These shows are the result of that commitment and will not only help dealers and members sell their products and services but will help to strengthen the Association and the entire industry. More information about these events can be found at JerseyBoatExpo.com. The MTA/NJ proudly endorses the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show held in February.
The MTA/NJ offers a variety of educational seminars and workshops designed to help marine business owners meet the challenges and opportunities facing their business and the industry. Additional membership benefits include discount exhibit space on area boat shows, office supplies, shipping, and car rentals. Membership also includes advertising opportunities in Association publications, networking opportunities, internet links and referrals from other MTA/NJ members.
The MTA/NJ is a strong advocate for clean boating practices, providing education and outreach on the importance of protecting our natural resources, and is a lead partner in the successful New Jersey Clean Marina Programand a partner in the New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program.
In 2008, the results of a two year effort to quantify the economic impacts of recreational boating in the State of New Jersey were unveiled. Survey results indicate that New Jersey boaters spent approximately $2.1 billion dollars on in-state recreational boating activities. The data captured from this study confirmed how recreational boating substantially contributes to the economy and how important the industry is to the state.
To view the full boating Economic Impact Study report, click here