NACO is a national association of charterboat owners and operators that was formed in 1991. Representing thousands of individuals all across the United States, our membership includes marine charters who provide fishing, sailing, diving, eco-tours, and other excursion vessels who carry passengers for hire. As the premiere Association that represents charter boat interests, our objective is to improve the professional charter boat operator's bottom line and to provide a strong voice in Washington, DC.
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What is a medical certiﬁcate? A medical certiﬁcate serves as proof that you are medically ﬁt for duty under the jurisdiction of your Merchant Mariner Credential. Prior to a separate medical certiﬁcate being issued, your Merchant Mariner Credential serves as proof of compliance (along with any medical waivers) with the appropriate medical standards.
When did this change occur? Medical Certiﬁcates were separated from the Merchant Mariner Credential per the recent STCW ﬁnal rule, and this process became effective on January 24, 2014.
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NACO, along with our coalition partners Sportfishing Association of California and Golden Gate Fishermans Association, has been successful in gaining approval from a congressional subcommittee of language placed in the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 that will grandfather our vessels for out of water survival craft. New construction or major retrofits in cold water areas as determined by the Secretary would be the only ones affected after January, 2016.
NACO wishes to thank everyone that sent in letters or called their congressional members on the topic. This effort was a well coordinated one involving Capt. Bob Zales, II, Captain Ed O’brien, Capt Tom Becker, and Capt. Bob Rush of the National Association of Charterboat Operators, Capt. Ken Franke of the SAC, and Capt. Roger Thomas of the GGFA. We appreciate everyone’s help. This was a huge team effort. The next step is the full congress will vote on it followed by the Senate. We are not done until the President signs the bill. We will be continuing to engage with the Senate on the topic and will be needing your continued help. NACO will be providing the next steps and communication info to you.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service held its second National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit in Alexandria, VA on April 1-2. This meeting, attended by more than 100 leaders within the saltwater recreational fishing community, provided a forum for identifying important issues and collaborative solutions. NACO has participated in both summits. Captain Bob Zales and Captain Richard Yamada, members of the NACO Board of Directors, attended this summit representing NACO and its sponsoring associations and members.
NACO has been in a lead position working with Congressman LoBiondo, as well as other key legislators and organizations, to take this action.
LoBiondo’s Permanent Moratorium on Fines for Incidental Discharges from Commercial Fishing Vessels Approved by House Committee
Congressman Has Led Effort to Protect Critical South Jersey Industry from Competing State Regulations, Excessive Fines.
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NACO is delighted to announce that Susan Mason has been hired to be the new NACO Administrative Director. Susan has been our Membership Coordinator since July, 2013, and she previously worked with us from 2004-2008. In her new capacity, Susan will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the NACO office and will provide daily oversight and coordination of NACO operations. She possesses a sound knowledge of NACO activities and a valuable insight into the needs of our membership. Many of you know her or have interacted with her during these times.
Please join us in congratulating Susan Mason on her new responsibilities and welcoming her to our management team.
The NACO Annual Membership Meeting was held on January 20-22, 2014 in Orlando, FL.
The following members have been elected by the membership to serve as Directors for a three(3) year term:
President Percy Blackburn VA
Thank you to all the NACO members that took time to participate in this years Board elelctions. Your NACO Board of Directors has an active agenda for 2014, and your support is critical to the success of the organization. We will keep you posted.
2014 NACO Annual Meeting
To be held January 20th - January 22nd in Orlando, FL
NMFS has published individual fishing quota (IFQ) standard prices and fee percentage for the IFQ cost recovery program in the halibut and sablefish fisheries of the North Pacific. In fisheries such as halibut in AK
and red snapper in the Gulf where efforts are underway to move to recreational IFQ's, it is necessary to understand the potential costs that recreational charter captains and others will experience if these programs go to IFQ.
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For more than ten years, since NOAA introduced its electronic navigational charts, you have needed to purchase a specialized chart display system to view the NOAA ENC® as a seamless chart database. Starting today, you don’t need a system to view the ENC depictions; you can use Coast Survey’s new web-based viewer called NOAA ENC® Online .
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Renewal of Mariner Credentials during the Lapse in Appropriations
Due to the Federal Government’s lapse in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014, the Coast Guard is unable to process all mariner credentials in time to ensure that all mariners receive their renewed credentials before their current documents expire. The mariner’s most likely impacted by this situation are those individuals whose credentials expire between October 1, 2013 and November 30, 2013.
NACO would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Russel Nelson, past Executive Director of the previous Florida Marine Fisheries Commission, and as past Director of Saltwater Fisheries of the current Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Dr. Nelson was last working as a consultant for The Billfish Foundation and Coastal Conservation Association. Russ was an extremely knowledgeable fishery biologist and knew the fishery management system well. Fishermen across this country and in other parts of the world have lost a true advocate for fishermen and the resource.
Interested in Running for a Board Seat?
This year NACO has 7 board of director seats that are up for election. If you are interested in serving please send a resume (bio) and a copy of your Coast Guard License to the office no later than October 22, 2013, so that we can forward your information to the nominating committee.
As a board member it is important for you to attend the annual meeting and participate on one of our working committees. Additionally board members visit with prospective new members through associations in their area that are not currently members to explain the benefits of NACO membership and encourage their joining.
Holding a NACO board seat is a rewarding experience, knowing that you are contributing to the well-being of your industry. If you are interested in seeking a board seat please send a short bio to the NACO office so that we can forward your information to the nominating committee. Bio’s (resumes') need to be received in the office no later than October 22, 2013.
Please mail, fax, or email Bio’s to;
P.O. Box 7208
Diberville MS 39540
Phone (866) 981-5136
Fax (877) 263-8548
Regular membership in this Association shall be composed of individuals engaged in the charter boat industry. Applicants for regular membership must possess a valid United States Coast Guard License to operate a passenger carrying boat for hire to be eligible for regular membership.
ELECTION AND TERM:
Directors shall be elected at the Association's Annual Meeting by vote of the majority of regular members present and a count of the ballots submitted by regular members not present. Each Director shall be elected for a term of three years.
Any Director shall be eligible for reelection.
The Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors and three regular members appointed by the Board shall constitute a Nominating Committee, whose duty it shall be to solicit the membership for candidates for the Board of Directors.
Any regular member wishing to run for a seat on the Board must go through the selection process of the nominating committee to be on the ballot. The Nominating Committee shall nominate that number of candidates at least equal to the number of seats on the Board, which will be available at the next Annual Meeting.
Each regular member shall be entitled to a single vote on matters submitted to membership for a vote. Associate members shall not have voting privileges.
To update your membership status from associate to regular membership, please provide a copy of your USCG Captains License to the NACO office.