North Carolina Watermen United

Protecting Your Freedom To Fish

Protecting Your Freedom To Fish

About Us

Objectives, Board of Directors, History, Accomplishments and Archieves

Objectives

Promote and assist in the enactment and enforcement of laws and regulations that ensure the rights of watermen to continue the practice of harvesting the fisheries resource of North Carolina.

 

Work to encourage the maintenance of high standards of professionalism among the watermen of North Carolina

 

Engage in substantial public relations efforts to ensure that citizens throughout the state of North Carolina understand the problems, concerns and proposed solutions to these problems from the point of view of the professional watermen who work the waters.

 

Work to ensure, through political activity and public relations efforts, that watermen are represented, in reasonable numbers, on each committee, commission, advisory panel and regulatory board that will be involved in the regulation of and control over watermen and the resource that they harvest.

Work to pass legislation that ensures the continued viability of both the charter and commercial fishing industries in North Carolina.

 

Work to ensure that all three user groups - commercial, charter/headboat and recreational fishermen - are fairly represented on any appointed committee/commission in any government financed plan whose intent is to enhance the state’s marine resources.

 

To be ever diligent in the evaluation of changes that may affect watermen, changes in the health of our resources, changes in the political climate in which we exist and changes in the economic realities affecting our industry, and with membership approval, to adopt appropriate strategies for the purpose of addressing new and emerging issues.

 

Board of Directors

Seated, left to right:  Perry Wood Beasley, Rom Whitaker, Ernie Foster, Duke Spencer   Standing left to right:  Melba Milak, Secretary, Andrew Berry, Greg Mayer, Jamie Reibel, Britt Shackelford, Ernie Doshier, Tom Harper    Not Pictured:  Capt Sonny Davis, Bradley Styron, Glen Hopkns, Billy Maxwell

History and Accomplishments

The North Carolina Watermen United was formally voted into existence on April 14, 2005 after a series of meeting by concerned fishermen from up-and-down the North Carolina coast. It was established to advocate for commercial, charter/headboat and recreational fishermen to insure that all watermen in North Carolina are included in the political decision-making process and the public discuss and debate involved in regulating the resource that they harvest.

 

The precipitating action to form was a reaction to the Legislative Bill for the Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) that would have required every one fishing to buy a $15.00 License for in-state fishermen or $30.00 License for out-of-state visitors whether surf fishing, fishing from a private boat or fishing on a charter boat or headboat. The legislation had been passed by the Senate with no input from fishermen.

Archives

Below can be found copies of newsletters published from 2008 - 2014

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