Supreme Court Reverses Ninth Circuit: Absent a "Discharge of a Pollutant" Receiving Water Exceedances are not a Violation of Clean Water Act

The Supreme Court reinforced that a "discharge of pollutants means any addition of any pollutant to navigable waters from any point source.


2013 Annual Meeting Agenda

NACO Annual Board of Directors Meeting
January 28th-29th 2013
Baltimore, Maryland

Monday January 28, 2013

• 8:30-8:45 AM
Call meeting to order and introductions (President Bob Zales, II)
Roll Call (Executive Director Bobbi Walker)
• 8:45-8:50 AM
Adoption of Agenda (President Bob Zales, II)
• 8:50-9:00 AM
Approval of Minutes (President Bob Zales, II)
• 9:00-12:00 AM
Bylaws Article 6 Section 12 “Removal for Cause” of  Board Members/Charges
NACO contract with Charter Lakes
NACO contract with C’est Si Bon, Independent Contractor Status & MOU
• 12:00 AM-12:30 NOON
• 12:30-1:00 PM
Charter Lakes Insurance- Presentation by Dan Longman
• 1:00-2:30 PM
Executive Director Report- Bobbi Walker
2014 & 2015 Meeting location discussion
• 2:30-4:30 PM
Committee Reports
1. Fisheries Captain Bob Zales, II
2. USCG Committee- Captain Ed O’Brien
3. Marketing- Captain Paul Malo
4. Action Plan- Dave Pecci
5. Newsletter Committee- Scott Robson
6. Communication/Website- Gary Krein
• 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Discussion Issues
1. NACO Corporate Governance
2. Retired Membership Category
3. Professional Member category
4. Amend bylaws to allow unlicensed captains to serve on board
5. Unlicensed Guides Membership Category
6. Recreational angler category-advisory seat on board
7. Criteria for Board Nominations & Announcement of seats available
8. Define geographic board representation & correction for 2 out of sync seats
9. Number of board seats
10. Add electronic email to accepted form of voting
11. NACO Policy requiring Sponsoring Assn. to pay for All Captain Members
12. Regional Fishery Issues
13. USCG TWIC Requirements
14. News Report
15. NACO Toll Free Number
16. Attitude Award Committee
17. Record keeping and archived record access
18. Promoting business for membership (website)
19. Term Limits (officers and board)
20. Annual meeting and use of GoToMeeting- quarterly Board meetings?
21. Results of 2012 Membership Survey
22. Clarification and possible policies for removal of staff, officers or board members due to “conduct contrary to the best interest of the Association”
23. Code of Conduct for staff, officers and board members
24. BOD attendance by telephone, recorded as BOD member attending
25. Develop Policy for members selling items to membership

Tuesday January 29, 2013

• 8:30-11:30 AM
Continuation of issues to discuss
• 11:30-12:00 PM
• 12:00-1:00 PM 
Continuation of issues to discuss
• 1:00-2:00 PM
2012 Financial Report (Treasurer Ron Maglio)
2013 Budget Recommendation (Treasurer Ron Maglio)
Moving funds for optimum interest (when & who)
• 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Announcement of new Board members
Election of Officers for 2013 (Board of Directors)

Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee To Meet January 8 & 9

A working group of the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MEDMAC) will meet to discuss Task Statement 1, ``Revision of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04-08.'' The meeting will be open to the public.

The working group will meet Tuesday, January 8 and Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the meeting may close early if the working group has completed its business. Written comments to be distributed to working group members are due by December 28, 2012.


Comments Wanted on Draft of Education, Research and Application of Science

NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) publishes this notice on behalf of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to announce the availability of the draft report of the SAB Research and Development Portfolio Review Task Force (PRTF) for public comment.

Comments on this draft report must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 23, 2013.


Beginning of National Science Program Reviews for NOAA Fisheries

In January 2013, NOAA Fisheries will begin a nationwide peer review process of the regional science center and headquarters Office of Science and Technology's programs that inform fishery and protected resource management. These reviews will standardize the patchwork of program reviews that all our centers currently conduct. 

Independent scientists from inside and outside NOAA will carefully examine science programs on a 5-year review cycle to improve integration, identify best practices, and share successes and challenges. Each year NOAA will review one of several key elements within our science enterprise---data collection/quality, stock assessment methods, protected resources, ecosystems, habitat, climate impacts and adaptation, and socioeconomics. 


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year!

The office will be closed December 21, 24, 25, 31 and January 1

Schedule of Fees for Access to NOAA Data, Information, and Related Products and Services

In this final rule, NESDIS establishes a new schedule of fees for the sale of its data, information, and related products and services to users. NESDIS is revising the fee schedule that has been in effect since 2011 to ensure that the fees accurately reflect the costs of providing access to the environmental data, information, and related products and services. NESDIS is authorized under 15 U.S.C. 1534 to assess fees, up to fair market value, for access to environmental data, information, and products derived from, collected, and/or archived by NOAA. Other than depreciation, costs to upgrade computer hardware and software systems will not be included in the fees charged to users. NESDIS is updating its schedule of fees for access to NOAA Environmental Data, Information, and Related Products and Services as costs of providing access have changed since 2011.

Effective Date: January 31, 2013.

Comment on Medical Waivers for Merchant Mariner Credential Applicants With Anti-Tachycardia Devices or Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

On September 7, 2012, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed policy change and request for comments regarding criteria for granting medical waivers to mariners who have anti-tachycardia devices or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The public comment period for the notice expired on October 9, 2012. In today's action, the Coast Guard is reopening the public comment period to provide additional time for interested parties to submit comments.

Jane Lubchenco to leave NOAA in Feburary

In a letter to staff, NOAA Administrator, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, has announced that she will leave her post in February.  The text of her letter follows:

December 12, 2012
Dear NOAA Family,

I write to let you know that I have decided to return to my family and academia at the end of February. I am immensely proud of all we have accomplished in the last four years and know full well that we have been able to do so much only because of your impressive talent and dedication. It has been a special privilege to serve as Administrator and work with all of you.  

DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Notice

Recently, some states passed initiatives to permit use of marijuana for so-called “recreational” purposes.
We have had several inquiries about whether these state initiatives will have an impact upon the Department of Transportation’s longstanding regulation about the use of marijuana by safety‐sensitive transportation employees – pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, transit fire‐armed security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.
We want to make it perfectly clear that the state initiatives will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program. The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40 – does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.