While the Implementation Plan is currently limited to theSoutheast Region we know the National Marine Fisheries Service is considering moving to electronic data monitoring and reporting in all areas of the country. Clearly, electronic data monitoring and reporing is the way of the future to more precise and timely collection of effort and catch in fisheries...To Read the entire comment letter, please click here
S.373 - A bill to provide for the establishment of nationally uniform and environmentally sound standards governing discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel.
As of yesterday afternoon, Senators Rubio, Thune and Nelson have reintroduced the bill from last year that will permanently exempt all charter vessels less than 79’ from having to obtain and comply with the EPA NPDES, (Incidental Vessel Discharge) permit.
Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 02/04/2015)
Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
02/04/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
NACO President Capt. Bob Zales, II was invited and gave testimony on behalf of the For-Hire Charter Fleet before the Senate Committee.
To read the full testimony given by Capt. Zales on February 4, 2015 please click here