Thursday, August 25, 2016

NACO Wins for Charter Fishing Industry

From our partners at the National Association of Charterboat Operators:

All Members 
Great news for all vessel owners.
Please see the attached FCC order regarding our efforts to eliminate the financial and administrative burden associated with the recent requirement to install a VHF DSC radio.

As you know NACO, along with several other passenger vessel associations, has worked with the USCG and FCC on this issue.  Working together we were able to have a class “D” VHF DSC radio installed in lieu of the required class “A” radio.  We were able to have the FCC send out a Federal Register Notice asking for comments to eliminate the need to apply for an exemption with the required application fee.

The FCC has agreed with the comments received and has eliminated the application process and fee.  While we requested all members to submit a comment during the required period, only 40 comments were received by the FCC.  Fortunately the 40 comments were all similar and enough to make a difference this time.  I cannot stress enough the importance of comments sent to the respective parties on issues such as this.  NACO works very hard to reduce or eliminate regulatory requirements that cause administrative and financial burdens on our industry.  Working with other passenger vessel associations we have had much success.  Members are extremely helpful when they respond to our requests for comments sent to agencies and/or legislators. 
I want to thank every member who sent a comment on this issue as together we have another success story.  

Thanks to all for your continued support.

Capt. Bob Zales, II
President
NACO