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The Marine Trades Association of NJ (MTA/NJ), established in 1972 and comprised of over 300 marine-related businesses, is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing, promoting and protecting the recreational marine industry and waterways in the State of New Jersey.


National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG) Funding Available

Since 2001, the New Jersey Department of Transportation's Office of Maritime Resources (NJDOT/OMR) has accepted Proposals for funding under the National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (NBIG). BIG funds are provided through the US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service to states "to construct, renovate, and maintain tie-up facilities" for transient, recreational vessels 26 feet or more in length, and are distributed annually. Some examples of development and programs allowed under BIG include navigational aids, one time dredging, breakwaters, dockside utility service, recycling and trash receptacles, marketing materials, and other services that serve to increase transient boating nationally.

The USFWS, classifies Transient Boaters as those travelling along the Intercostal Waterway (ICW). Transient vessels are considered non-trailerable, 26' or longer in length, and staying in the area no longer than 15 consecutive days. There are two funding Tiers:

Tier 1, is given to the State of NJ for a total of $200,000 to distribute among applicants.
Tier 2, is nationwide competitive, for a total of $1.5 million per application.
For additional information on available funding, deadlines and contact information, please Click Here for More Information.

Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo

The Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo returns on September 24-26, 2021 to FirstEnergy Park, home of the newly renamed Jersey Shore BlueClaws. Despite many new and unique challenges in 2020, last year's show resulted in record attendance all three days with so many new people interested in not only getting out and attending shows but purchasing a new boat to go boating. Sales were very strong and show attendees were thrilled to be at the show. We are looking forward to repeating the success of last year's show as consumer demand remains strong and we know that they will be looking for your boats and products.
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Keeping Boaters Boating

With lots of new boaters getting ready to hit the water this season, we will be providing our members with tips to help take care of their newest customers. This page will feature information for boating business owners, while your new boater customers will find many helpful resources on our New Boater Resources page on Go Boating NJ. Let's work together to keep these boaters coming back to the water for years to come!
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Covid-19 Resources for Businesses

Visit our Covid-19 Resources Page for various links for businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. Governor Murphy has implemented a number of new restrictions in recent weeks. It is important to stay up to date on all current restrictions, travel restrictions, reopenings, and more. For all of this information, visit the Covid-19 Information Hub. Governor Murphy also posts updates frequently on his Twitter feed.

Member Benefit - Graphic Design Services

We are excited to announce a NEW MEMBER BENEFIT exclusively for MTA/NJ Members. We are now expanding our in-house graphic design services to help members create print and online advertisements, brochures and flyers, online banners and more.
Please view the guidelines and requirements and fill out the order and agreement on the new Graphic Design Order Form.

Take the Helm - Support the MTA/NJ

The MTA/NJ would like to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of our Association Sponsors. The strong support of all of our members helps to sustain our mission in protecting, promoting and advancing the recreational boating industry in New Jersey. Our sponsorship program is open to everyone. New sponsors can sign up at any time and will receive promotions for a full year. All sponsorship money will be used to support the operations of the Association.

Take the Helm - Support the MTA/NJ - Sponsor Forms
Association Sponsor Payment Page
Email Advertising Form
Graphic Design Form

Opportunities for Boaters

Anyone enjoying boating and our waterways in New Jersey benefits from the work of the MTA/NJ, even if they've never heard of us before. We are launching a new campaign to highlight all that we do for the boating public and ask them to consider supporting the MTA/NJ. Please feel free to share the below flyer and donation link with your customers. Let them know the MTA/NJ is here advocating for them, and working to keep boating accessible, affordable, and enjoyable in NJ.
Boater Support and Donation Form
Boater Donation Link

Member Plaques Available to Order

Need a new MTA/NJ Member Plaque? If you would like to replace the one you have or misplaced your plaque, you can now order one at any time. With one of our beautiful plaques you can proudly display your membership at your location for all to see.
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