New Jersey’s Charter and Head Boat Operators Request Reopening

The Recreational Fishing Alliance and the United Boatmen of New Jersey have pitched a plan to allow for-hire fishing.

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.

Read the proposed guidelines for for-hire fishing and the letter on behalf of the RFA and UNBJ.

9 on “New Jersey’s Charter and Head Boat Operators Request Reopening

  1. Elias Santiago

    I think with the proper precautions this would be a great idea just do not let them load the boats up cut their occupancy in half

  2. Thomas Benedek Jr

    I would love to see the boats back out on the water.These crews need to support their faimilies.
    I REALLY WANT TO GO FISHING!

  3. Billy DelaMotte

    I’m looking for a job on a fishing boat. I’ve been fishing all my life and know boat handling,fishing and safety. I’m 53 years old. My phone is 201-965-5786

    1. Joseph Vitiello

      In the process of bringing a boat up 34 foot boat six pack for fishing at a New Jersey Boat called Madman

  4. Matt Traber

    We need to list all boats for hire in NJ.
    Head boats, six paks, dolphin watch, whale watch, parasail boats, pirate , any and all to show how many businesses are impacted by the shutdown

    1. Joseph Vitiello

      In the process of bringing a boat up 34 foot boat six pack for fishing at a New Jersey Boat called Madman

  5. Jeff Stewart

    How can anyone support anything by taking boats with mortgages from 150 passenger down to 24- this proposal is complete prop wash which basically puts a dying industry out of business for good- the final death knell, and does not take into account upper decks, cabin space and additional deck space which all parties use like the family fishers, instead it is dedicated to the people who actually fish on a fish boat- and it is reliant on fishermen not lying about the size of their vessel. The boats are United States Coast Guard Certified- a Federal Branch- nothing to do with State Governors. No offense to the USCG- but they probably will have complete social distancing and pandemic guidelines for operation about ten years from now- come up with a basic figure- 10% capacity, 20% capacity, 50% capacity- set it and forget it.

  6. david h korman

    there is talk of opening casinos so people can sit indoors in confined spaces and bet but fishermen cannot get on a open boat outside and fish. I guess there isn’t enough money for the state in fishing

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