Friday, February 10, 2012

KFF Spotlight: National Association of Charterboat Operators

In our effort to keep you in the loop on which members are participating in this year’s Keep Fishermen Fishing rally, we’re focusing on the National Association of Charterboat Operators today.

NACO, based out of Orange Beach, Alabama, has been around since 1991, representing marine charter companies. Many of these companies provide fishing charters, but a good number also do sailing, diving and eco tours or other excursions. That translates to hundreds or thousands of captains, crew and related businesses across the country who count on NACO for representation. Several of those members likely will be at the rally.

But what does NACO do?

From its website at  “As the premiere Association that represents charter boat interests, our objective is to improve the professional charter boat operator's bottom line and to provide a strong voice in Washington, D.C.” Board members come from all over as well – so NACO truly represents the majority of charterboat businesses. NACO also helps to ensure its members operate safely and professionally.

Indeed, we are lucky to have NACO folks attending the rally in March!

Just as an aside, one of the best things I like about NACO is the ability to search for and find local charterboat operators by using the directory on its website. I live on the West Coast and the folks I’ve known and respected for years and worked with on fisheries management issues are members. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the other charterboat folks from around the country.

Have questions about how adding flexibility to the Magnuson-Stevens Act will affect NACO members? Drop them an email at or leave us a question in the comments and we'll get back to you.

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