Award presented to Capt. Ed O'Brien on behalf of the Commandant by Assistant Commandant, Rear-Admiral, Paul Thomas
The Commandant of the United Stated Coast Guard takes great pleasure in presenting the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Captain Edward A. O'Brien. As the Vice-President of the National Association of Charterboat Operators and President of the Maryland Charterboat Association, Capt. Ed O'Brien's leadership and relentless dedication to improving both charterboat operations and the licensing and certification processes that apply to charterboat captains, along with his steadgfast efforts to maintain open, candid dialog with regulators, not only improved overall safety, but saved countless hours by averting bureaucratic, political mis-steps, saving significant taxpayers dollars.
NOAA has released its National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy.
"The policy—crafted with input from recreational fishing and boating communities, conservation organizations, and managers across the nation—reflects anglers’ voices on a number of existing and emerging concerns, including public access, resource stewardship, regulatory education, science innovation, and better lines of communication between state and federal rulemakers with the community." (comment from NOAA webpage)
NACO’s Capt. Bob Zales, Capt. Richard Yamada and Capt. Dave Pecci, (Members of the Recreational Fishing Working Group) were involved in the development of the document. As with most Policy Statements it is not perfect but it is a step forward in finding a balance between commercial and recreational fishing interests.
Click the link or image below to read the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy