Amendment 15 B

In Response to the proposed elimination of fish sales by charter boats and head boats, we are in opposition to the \"No Sale\" provision in this amendment (15B). The ability of all charter/head boat vessels to sell their catch is a historical practice dating back to the beginning of charter fishing in the Southeast US. This practice has been in existence longer than the National Marine Fisheries Service itself. These owners and their crews are dependent on that income to perpetuate their livelihoods. This industry is responsible for boosting local economies by attracting tourists which frequent our hotels, restaurants and docks, employing workers on the boats and in boat yards, and generally improving their local economy. The charter industry has been recently burdened by rising dockage, insurance, and fuel prices. Restricting their ability to sell fish will only make it more difficult for these small businesses to survive. \"With regard to Amendment 15B and the Sale of Recreationally Caught Fish, I urge the Council to support Alternative 1 No Action.\"

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The South Atlantic Charter Boat Association was organized to protect the rights and heritage of the charter fishing industry in the South Atlantic region of the United States, we are a non-profit organization. By joining our association you are helping to create a voice that is more powerful than our voices independently and protecting the rights of respectable law abiding charter fishermen in the South Atlantic region. There is no cost to join but donations to accomplish these actions are appreciated. http://www.sacba.net

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