NACO's Butch Smith as President

The NACO Report I hope everyone is doing well this Holiday season. There has been a change in leadership at NACO Bob Zales has taken another job ,but the good news is he will still be a very active member. I would like to take this time to thank Bob for all his years as NACO President his leadership has been invaluable! Thank you Bob we couldn't have done it with out you. In this up coming year its very important to get NACO up and running again, covid and along with some horrific medical issues with Susan we had to go into cruise control for a time. A big Thanks to Susan!! Now its time to get NACO's name back out there as the leader in the Charter Industry. Plus the many benefits in being a NACO Member has. It is a real honor for me to be President, but no one person can do it themselves it will take all of us working together on many issues facing our Industry. You all have a very happy Holidays and lets all have a Great 2024!!! Butch Smith President

Disaster Relief

The Deadline for disaster relief applications for assistance to be turned in to the NACO office is March 15, 2019
The applications will be verified and each applicant will receive an individual response to your application. If you turned in an application and are not sure if we received it or not, please call the NACO office 866-981-5136 so that we can confirm receipt.


Recent News Articles & releases:

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

Keep Florida Fishing Contributes to Northwest Florida Charterboat Operators Impacted by Hurricane Michael

Keep Florida Fishing Contributes to Northwest Florida Charterboat Operators Impacted by Hurricane Michael

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing® (KFF), an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), today showed its support for the National Association of Charterboat Operators’ (NACO) by contributing to the organization’s Disaster Relief Fund. The fund supports both NACO members, and non-members, recovering from Hurricane Michael.

NACO is a 501(c)(6) non-profit membership association representing charterboat and headboat owners and operators across the nation, with many members located in Florida. NACO and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) have partnered to provide financial aid to anglers in most need of assistance due to disasters in their area.

“Keep Florida Fishing, the state-based advocacy arm of the recreational fishing industry, is proud to support our anglers, along with charterboat and headboat owners and operators here in Northwest Florida, who have been hit hard by Hurricane Michael,” said Gary Jennings, Keep Florida Fishing Director. “The devastation experienced in the Panhandle region is substantial and our hope is that others in the sportfishing industry will also contribute to recovery efforts.”

For information on how your organization or association may contribute, please contact the NACO office at 866-981-5136 or email at info@nacocharters.org.

About Keep Florida Fishing®
Keep Florida Fishing® is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association with the goal of ensuring Florida anglers have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both. Florida is considered the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’ and home to more than three million licensed anglers, supporting 128,000 jobs, providing $9.6 billion in economic activity and contributing more than $53.3 million for fisheries conservation. Learn more at www.KeepFloridaFishing.org. Find Keep Florida Fishing on FacebookTwitterInstagramand Pinterest.


Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief Effort NACO & IGFA, WARF

Welcome to the National Association of Charterboat Operators disaster web page.  Here you will find information about the Hurricane Michael financial assistance program created by the IGFA and NACO.  The IGFA is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization where contributions and donations may be tax free depending on your jurisdiction.  The IGFA created the Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to for hire charter services adversely affected by disasters. Since NACO is the national voice for for-hire charter operations across the Nation IGFA contacted us to provide a mechanism to locate as many for-hire charter operations as possible. 

NACO received a grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2005 after the many storms that hit the Gulf coast to do a study on the social and economic impacts of storms on charter boat operations.  The study “Charter Boat Fleet in Peril: Losses to the Gulf of Mexico Charter Fleet from Hurricane Storms during 2005” provides a wealth of information on the social and economic impacts of devastating storms on the charter fleet and is the first and only such study that can be used to calculate the impacts.  You can request a copy of the study from NACO. Since NACO has the expertise of the for-hire charter industry in every area of the country we were a great choice to help distribute helpful funds to those who most need the help.  The 16 member Board of Directors come from every area of the country which gives NACO the unique perspective and knowledge of the industry on a broad scale.  For this funding effort we have created a committee consisting of 3 Board members, all 3 either live and operate in Florida year round or most of the year.  In addition our Treasurer, President, and Executive Director will serve as advisors to the committee.  The committee will be responsible for reviewing the applicants for funding and determine those of the most need.  As should be expected not every for-hire charter operation will be affected the same way.  In many cases economic and physical loses will be minimal while in other cases they will be complete loses.  Your application  will provide the information necessary to determine the hardest hit.  As is stated in the cover letter sent with each application our available funds are limited at this time but we are actively searching for more donors to add to the fund.  We hope to have good news on this front soon. Please check back to this web site often to see updates on the program.  While you do not need to be a member of NACO to receive funds clearly memberships keep NACO moving forward.  Once your charter business is recovered and your business begins to prosper again we hope you will consider membership in NACO as we provide a host of benefits and our regulatory work has saved the for-hire charter industry multiple thousands of dollars and reduced your regulatory workload.  See our accomplishments on this site and we are certain you will agree.  We look forward to your recovery and the recovery of the for-hire charter and head boat fleet in the area devastated by Hurricane Michael.

 To submit an application please Click thislink: MICHAEL_DISASTER_RELIEF_APPLICATION

To all those who have submitted your application for financial help we are continuing to receive applications and are seeking more financial donations to build up the fund.  Please be patient as we are working hard to ensure we capture as many folks as possible and working to provide as much financial help we can.  Keep checking this site as we will continue to provide updates on our progress.

Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF)