As the current virus issues continues to create problems some of you may be experiencing a loss of business and future bookings due the concern about travel, especially to some locations where the virus is clearly present. The west coast is being hit hard, especially our members in the Washington State area. Our VP, Butch Smith, from Washington has communicated with his federal legislators about the devastation the virus problem has caused to the for hire charter fleet in that state. NACO will be working from a national perspective with Congress on this same issue to work to gain some financial assistance for the affected for hire charter boat owners. Butch was assured from his legislators that they are working to include them in the current efforts by Congress to provide assistance to small businesses thru the SBA with low interest loans. While this type of help may work for some it will not for most in our business. Similar to financial assistance from fishery disasters where funds are provided at no cost and loan, we will be seeking similar assistance for this national medical disaster.
While some of you have seen no negative impact yet, it may come so we suggest you be prepared and keep a good record of any loses. Those who have been impacted please provide your info ASAP. We will be sending Congress a request for help within the next day or so and will follow up that request with the numbers of loses we are able to calculate based on your responses.
Thanks for your help on this issue.
Capt Bob Zales, II