Historical Captain For-Hire Permits (Responses)
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4/23/2018 12:27:20Testtest@gulfcouncil.orgTampaOtherTEST TEST TEST
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4/23/2018 13:19:38Tom Ardfairwater2@icloud.comOrange Beach, AL
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
This is Capt. Tom Ard from Orange Beach, Alabama. I am the owner of 4 federally permitted charter boats, 2 six passenger and 2 multi-passenger vessels. I was unable to make the meeting public comment in Mississippi today so I wanted to express some of my concerns.
Historical Reef Fish Permits: I would like to see these permits to become permanent for the Captains that now own boats. Maybe give them 5 years to buy a boat or something like that, but these historical captains that own their own boat should have the same permit as I.
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4/23/2018 13:20:34Scott Hickmanlistodos@gmail.comGalveston, TX
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I Support making historical CFH permits the same as regular CFH permits.
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8/15/2018 21:26:22Christopher Garner
highcottoncharters@gmail.com
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I would like to thank all the previous council members and welcome the new council members for the diligent work on this council. All the hard work does not go unnoticed.

I am a multi passenger charter boat owner. I have held, maintained, and fished within the regulations of my Historical Permit since its inception. It has taken me until February 2018 to have sole ownership of High Cotton Charters, llc. Although, I have always felt this ruling unfair, I have always operated within the laws/restrictions of my Historical Permit. "NO SICK DAYS, NO FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, NO CHILDREN TO DOCTOR, NO WIFE TO HOSPITAL" All this to say Historical Permit dictates Permit Holder Must Be On Board. This is unreasonable for any business owner. "VALUE OF BUSINESS" Under Historical Permit I am NOT ALLOWED to transfer, gift to my kids, leave to my family if I were to pass away, or add value to my hard work of 23 years. I feel I have represented Dept of Commerce, NOAA, as well as National Marine Fisheries responsibly during all of this time.

I pray upon the council for a favorable vote in which the outcome would make all permits equal. I applaud those on the Gulf Council for their diligent work to improve Gulf Fisheries and thank all members of the council for their service once again.

Sincerely,
Chris Garner
Owner/Operator High Cotton Charters
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8/28/2018 9:47:57Eric Alexandercapterica@aol.comNaples,FL 34104
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I hold HC permits and had to jump through hoops to get qualified. Many years ago, when I first was allowed the HCP everyone at the council staff told me I could have another captain run my boat and I can document that. However, some time later Phil Steele said NO and that was that. I believe that was wrong then and is wrong today! I was forced to go out and buy another set of permits so I could keep my business running while I was repairing two worn out shoulders! Then I was again forced to buy another set when I needed my knees replaced. I never intended to need other captains but time marches on. The cost is prohibitive today for anyone to try and get into the fisheries.
I believe that all the Gulf of MexicoCharter/Headboat permits should be the same and that is transferable. There are only twenty-five of us and I have no idea how many are actually being used. I’ve payed my dues and feel totally left out in the cold! The least you could do is to allow another captain to run my boat with my HCP as long as the vessel belongs to me!
I thank the council for their time and consideration!

Sincerely
Captain Eric Alexander
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9/24/2018 11:09:12Ed Walker
info@lighttacklecharters.com
Holiday, Fl 34691
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
Im a full time permitted Gulf charter captain. I have no problem whatsoever with converting the 37 historical captain permits into regular permits. These guys would no longer have them if they were just flippers or profiteers. They have held them for many years and in my opinion have demonstrated that they are real long term working charter operators. Not having to write up separate historical captain pages on all of the charter permit renewal applications, and all voluminous associated paperwork on historical captain permits will be a win for everyone in the Council office as well. Id also keep pointing out that we are only talking about 37 permits at most. Let them have them.
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