Industry News: Jan 2016


DECEMBER 8, 2015

Industry icon Frank Herhold, who was president of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida for 20 years from 1990 to 2010, died Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. He was 76.

During Herhold’s 20-year tenure as MIASF president, membership more than doubled, to about 800 members. He led the MIASF through challenges that included the luxury tax of the early 1990s, manatee and environmental regulations, longshore insurance reform and the evolutionary growth of the MIASF-owned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Herhold belonged to several community organizations and sat on a number of boards, including the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Broward Alliance, Winterfest and Riverwalk. He represented MIASF interests with such groups as the Coast Guard Harbor Safety Committee, Coast Guard Area Maritime Security Committee and the U.S. Superyacht Association.

Prior to coming to Fort Lauderdale, Herhold owned and operated the Anchorage Eau Gallie Marina in Melbourne, Fla., a full-service marina and a major dealer for Chris-Craft and Boston Whaler. Herhold earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Monmouth (Ill.) College.

He lived in the Idlewild area of Fort Lauderdale, just off the ICW and across from Bahia Mar, with his wife, Mary Jo. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

“Frank was the consummate gentleman,” Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, said. “Always pleasant. Always upbeat and cheerful.”

“Frank was a ‘can do’ guy.” “He was a strong leader of MIASF and very effective at bringing people together to work collectively on challenges facing his membership and our industry. That his involvement in the Fort Lauderdale community went well beyond his responsibilities with MIASF is a tribute to the kind of person he was — caring, committed and giving. Frank touched and improved the lives of many people and his loss is deeply felt.”



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Entering its 11th season, the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series field has been filled with 111 professional anglers, including both new and familiar names.

Most are veteran tournament anglers; 98 are returning Elite Series anglers, while many of the 13 newcomers have long and distinguished résumés from other fishing circuits. All will be battling for hundreds of thousands of dollars, plus the prestigious Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title and coveted 2017 Bassmaster Classic spots, in competition on some of America’s top bass fisheries.

Headlining the field is Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., the reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year. Martens clinched the 2015 AOY title after turning in one of the most dominant performances in recent history, including two Elite Series victories. Joining him are other members of the Top 5 in 2015 AOY points, including Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., who won the 2015 Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River; four-time tournament winner Dean Rojas; 10-time champion Edwin Evers, who also won back-to-back events in 2015; and three-time winner Jacob Powroznik.

Fifteen former Classic winners will be competing in the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series, including the 2015 champion, Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C.; Luke Clausen of Otis Orchards, Wash.; Rick Clunn of Ava, Mo.; Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark.; Boyd Duckett of Guntersville, Ala.; Paul Elias of Laurel, Miss.; Davy Hite of Ninety Six, S.C.; Randy Howell of Guntersville, Ala.; Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J.; Alton Jones of Lorena, Texas; Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala.; Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas; Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss.; Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif.; and Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Joining the veteran Elite anglers are 12 newcomers to the Elite Series who qualified through the rigorous Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series: Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J.; Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa.; Shane Lineberger, Lincolnton, N.C.; Matt Vermilyea, Perrysburg, Ohio; John Hunter, Shelbyville, Ky.; Drew Benton, Panama City, Fla.; Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala.; Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minn.; Jay Brainard, Enid, Okla.; Brett Preuett, Monroe, La.; Brock Mosley, Collinsville, Miss.; and Clausen. In addition, Fabian Rodriguez of Ocean City, Md., earned an Elite Series invitation as a B.A.S.S. Nation divisional champion.

Pros and fans alike are expressing their enthusiasm with the 2016 Elite Series schedule, which is being expanded from nine tournaments, including the AOY Championship, to 11. The season kicks off with the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, March 4-6. The Classic winner, if he is not already in the Elite Series will be invited to join the tour, which begins at the St. Johns River out of Palatka, Fla., March 17-20.
Each regular-season Elite Series event will feature a $658,000 purse, with $100,000 going to the winner and at least $10,000 being paid out through 52nd place, based on a full field of 111. BASSfest will pay out a total of $700,000, with $100,000 going to first place.

The 2016 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship will pay a total purse of $1 million, with the Angler of the Year claiming $100,000, and the rest distributed to the remainder of the field of Top 50 Elite anglers based on AOY standings after the championship. –
Florida entrees include: Drew Benton, Panama City; Shaw Grigsby, Gainseville; Koby Kreiger, Bokeelia; Bobby Lane, Lakeland; Bernie Schultz, Gainesville; Terry Scroggins, San Mateo; Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe; and Cliff Prince, Palatka, FL.



Martin County, FL — The transformation of ranchlands into water- cleaning wetlands continues as the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) approved a construction contract to build the southern Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) at Lakeside Ranch. These specialized wetlands in western Martin County are designed to remove phosphorus from stormwater before it reaches Lake Okeechobee.

“Reducing the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Okeechobee is an important component of the overall strategy to improve water quality in the lake and in the Everglades,” said SFWMD Governing Board member Kevin Powers. “Building this next phase of wetlands at Lakeside Ranch will increase the project’s already proven ability to reduce nutrient loads to the lake.”


Exceeding Expectations
Lakeside Ranch is situated in the Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough sub- watershed, one of the nutrient “hot spots” in the overall Lake Okeechobee watershed.

Phase I, the northern STA, which began operating in 2012, has reduced phosphorus loads in the water it has treated by 82 percent. During the last two years (July 2013 to June 2015), a total of 23 metric tons of phosphorus has been removed, well exceeding the design rate of 9 metric tons per year.

In Water Year 2015 (May 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) alone, the STA captured 30,851 acrefeet of stormwater runoff, removing 13.89 of the total 16.29 metric tons of phosphorus it received, an 88% reduction. This phosphorus would have otherwise gone into the lake.

Construction Begins
With an investment of approximately $35 million, the SFWMD Governing Board has authorized Munilla Construction Management to begin work on the Southern STA. This phase of the Lakeside Ranch project includes construction of:

    • 8 inflow/outflow, gated water control structures
    • 5 “cells” (retention areas) of aquatic vegetation that remove

phosphorus, with an effective treatment area of 788 acres

  • Distribution and outlet canals/seepage ditches
  • Recreation area with an informational kiosk and restroom


Together the north and south STAs are expected to reduce phosphorus loads into the lake by 19 metric tons annually.


Norwegian marine electronics manufacturer Navico announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Swiss competitor Garmin’s DownVu scanning sonar products violate Navico’s U.S. patents for DownScan Imaging technology.

The ruling prohibits Garmin from importing, selling, advertising and aiding or assisting distributors or retailers in selling all of its infringing DownVu products, including the echo, echoMAP and GPSMAP products, with their respective transducers, Navico said in a statement.

“It has been a matter that we have pursued now for a year,” Navico CEO Leif Ottosson told Trade Only Today.

Specifically, the ITC issued an order barring Garmin and its distributors from selling or aiding others in the sale of the infringing products and has issued an exclusion order directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reject their importation, according to Navico.

Navico said Garmin’s DownVu Products are manufactured and imported from Taiwan.

“While all ITC orders have a 60-day period before taking full effect, effective immediately resellers of Garmin DownVu products risk willfully infringing Navico’s patents if they continue to sell Garmin DownVu products, and they could be subject to an infringement suit,” Navico said.
“Therefore, Navico advises against any distributor, dealer or retailer continuing marketing or selling these products and recommends that resellers seek independent legal advice if they have any questions in this matter.”

Garmin said it plans to appeal the ruling.

“Garmin intentionally designed its products to prevent infringement of Navico’s patents. We disagree with the ITC and plan to appeal the determination,” Garmin vice president and general counsel Andrew Etkind said in a statement.

“However, as with the Johnson Outdoors ITC determination we announced in November, we have already taken steps to ensure that we can continue to provide Garmin DownVu scanning sonar products. Garmin has already designed, implemented and manufactured an alternative design that addresses the issue in this ITC ruling. The ruling has no impact on Garmin products already purchased by our customers and dealers.”

The ITC ruling reverses an initial determination that an administrative law judge issued in July, previously announced by Garmin Ltd. This is also the second adverse ruling in two weeks by the ITC that finds that Garmin is violating sonar patents. Garmin could file an appeal with a U.S. federal court in an attempt to challenge the factual conclusions or show that the ITC incorrectly applied the law; however, in the meantime, the importation and sale of Garmin products featuring DownVu technology are subject to the ITC ruling, effective immediately.
“We are extremely pleased that the ITC has ruled in our favor,” Ottosson said in the Navico statement. “Our innovative DownScan Imaging provides real benefits to fishermen, and we have invested considerable time, effort and resources to develop and bring it to market. Our patents are designed to protect that investment.”