The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and the United Boatmen of New Jersey (UBNJ) submitted a proposal to the state of New Jersey this week that would allow the still-shuttered for-hire fleet to reopen and begin safely bringing fishermen back out on the ocean, bays and rivers to fish.
In a letter addressed to Governor Phil Murphy and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management, attorney Raymond D. Bogan as counsel for RFA and UBNJ requests consideration for “a measured and cautious reopening, which incorporates protective measures for those who have historically sought to enjoy the marine environment on these boats.”
“We have had numerous teleconferences with owners and operators of for-hire vessels,” Bogan states in the letter. “Their number one priority is the safety of their customers and crew. They are ready to implement protective measures, and willing to make considerable concessions to ensure this safety.”
The proposed guidelines include limits on the amount of passengers, cleaning/disinfecting protocols, a mandate to crew and passengers to use “face gear” and gloves.