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  • 25 Mar 2020 1:12 PM | Gary Jarvis (Administrator)


    I have had clarification that your crew count as employees even if they are 1099 sub contractors just send the 10-99's in with you application

    Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.


    I encourage you to register and take the Business Damage Assessment Survey online here.  Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at

  • 25 Mar 2020 1:03 PM | Gary Jarvis (Administrator)

    The communities along the gulf coast. Part of that work is to try and get some antidotal information from all of you to share with congressional leaders and help formulate our plea for assistance. I know you have seen a same request from NACO and perhaps from your own local fleet organization. I encourage you to respond to all of those requests. All of us are working towards the same goal and CFA plans to work side by side with other local and national organizations so to strengthen our voice. So please to the best of your ability fill out these 9 questions and email us back at All propriety information will be held in confidence and only the compilations of total responses will be made public.

    Capt. Gary Jarvis

    Executive Director CFA




    Home Port


    1) Year to date are you up or down in gross income over 2019? 

    2) What percentage are you up or down?


    3 How are your advance booking compared to this time 2019 and what would say that percentage change is up or down?


    4) Have your local municipality made decisions to close tourism off? 


    5) How long can you reasonably stay in business due to no travel or local or state stay at home orders? Estimate how many Weeks or Months?


    6) What will be your first financial crisis and when will that most likely take place?


    7) What would it take for you to remain viable to be in business in 2021 in case this situation lasts for 2 months or more. 


    8) If you are Captain but not the owner what are your losses year to date, and do you think your owner will be able to maintain your employment? Hoe long before you need to find another line of work?


    9) If you’re a mate or deckhand what is your personal financial outlook in 2020 and how long will you be able to remain in the industry before you have to find another line of work?


  • 21 Feb 2020 12:31 PM | Gary Jarvis (Administrator)

    2020 CFA board of directors will hold officers elections today with announcements of the new officers being released Feb 22 

  • 21 Feb 2020 12:27 PM | Gary Jarvis (Administrator)

    CFA is proud to announce the 2020 board of directors 

    Greg Ball Tx

    Scott Hickman Tx

    Mike Jennings Tx

    Steve Tomeny La

    Clarence Seymore Ms

    Gary Bryant Al 

    Bobby Kelly Al

    Jim Green Fl

    Billy Archer Fl

    Dylan Hubbard Fl

  • 31 Jan 2020 2:00 PM | Gary Jarvis (Administrator)

    Due to CFA by-laws nominations for Board of Directors and Officers require a 14 day notice period. The notice sent out last week before our annual meeting didn't have a long enough notice period. So nominations are back open to members in good standing.To be in good standing you must be a CFA member so memberships fees of $100 must be paid ( all DCBA members are paid up thru Oct 2020 and are in good standing). To join CFA go to  Nominations for board or committee members are open Feb 1st thru Feb 14th. Voting will take place Feb 15th and results will be posted here soon thereafter. They can be sent to Capt Gary Jarvis Ex Director CFA at

  • 05 Jan 2016 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2016

    MEDIA CONTACT: Executive Director, Capt. Shane Cantrell, 512.639.9188

     Statement by the Charter Fishermen’s Association, Executive Director, Capt. Shane Cantrell on the federal court ruling to uphold separate red snapper catch limits for charter fishermen and private anglers:

    “This decision is a major win for hundreds of thousands of recreational anglers who love to fish for red snapper but aren’t fortunate enough to own their own boat.

    Sector separation is an important step in ending the downward spiral of shrinking fishing seasons that have limited fishing opportunities for recreational fishermen and strangled small charter fishing businesses for too long.

    “The Charter Fisherman’s Association looks forward to working with federal regulators to design a management plan that expands access to Gulf red snapper, improves data collection and ensures that the fishery continues to make progress on the road to recovery.”

    Statement by the Charter Fishermen’s Association, President, Capt. Mike Jennings on the federal court ruling to uphold separate red snapper catch limits for charter fishermen and private anglers:

    "I am pleased at the decision by Judge Milazzo and we are looking forward to now being able to focus on a sustainable fishery management plan for all recreational fishermen."


    The Charter Fishermen’s Association is trade association of charter and head boat fishermen who operate in the Gulf of Mexico. The for-hire fishing sector provides access to millions of recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico every year.


  • 19 Jul 2015 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 16, 2015

    MEDIA CONTACT: Executive Director Capt. Shane Cantrell, 512.639.9188

    Rep. Garret Graves has filed a bill to have the Gulf States take all three sectors of the Red Snapper fishery out of the landmark Magnuson-Stevens Act. He authored two amendments to this effect earlier this year that were soundly rejected by his colleagues. As the Gulf state fisheries directors have repeatedly voted against the for-hire sector and the millions of Americans who fish on their boats each year, the CFA is adamantly opposed to this effort.

    “Charter fishermen across the Gulf of Mexico continue to be opposed to this effort to have the states take over the entire red snapper fishery. Regional management might be a viable solution for the broken private recreational sector, but federally permitted charter boats and the commercial sector operate in federal waters in a multi-species environment and need and want to be left under federal management,” said Captain Shane Cantrell from Galveston, Texas.

    “It is a waste of time and tax-payer dollars to create a duplicative process in order to manage one fish in a multi-species, multi-user group fishery. Each state’s fishery agency already has a seat on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the remaining seats are nominated by those 5 state governors. It is clear that ‘state control’ is just a red herring for putting us and commercial fishermen out of business.” said Captain Randy Boggs of Orange Beach, Alabama.

    “This is a divisive distraction from achieving real solutions in the fishery. These short derby seasons are punitive and we need to find solutions for private anglers, but we have to do it without hurting the charter and commercial fishermen who provide the other 95% of Americans who don’t own their own boat with access to the fishery,” said Captain Billy Archer of Panama City, Florida.


    The Charter Fishermen’s Association is trade association of charter and head boat fishermen who operate in the Gulf of Mexico. The for-hire fishing sector provides access to millions of recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico every year.

  • 13 Apr 2015 10:11 PM | Anonymous

    (Galveston, TX) – Today the U.S. Secretary of Commerce approved the creation of separate catch limits for red snapper for Gulf of Mexico charter fishermen and private anglers. These two sectors were previously lumped together in a one-size-fits-all management plan that doesn’t actually fit anyone. This decision represents final approval of ‘Amendment 40’ as passed by a 10-7 vote at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council last October. The Charter Fishermen’s Association (CFA), which represents hundreds of federally permitted charter captains across the Gulf, lauded the Secretary’s decision as a critical step toward stopping the downward spiral of failed management in the recreational sector of the red snapper fishery.

    “It is not an understatement to say that Secretary Pritzker’s decision today will help save our businesses and make sure that hundreds of thousands of non-boat owning Americans will not lose their access to the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery,” said Capt. Mike Jennings who owns Cowboy Charters in Freeport, Texas and is the President of CFA.

    “We were getting crushed by shrinking seasons and failed management in the recreational sector. We want to be held accountable for staying within a set limit of fish but we need the flexibility to go out on the water when it makes sense for our customers. Having a separate allocation allows us to develop a management plan that works for our industry and keeps Americans fishing,” said Susan Boggs of Reel Surprise Charters in Orange Beach Alabama.

    “This is a critical step toward ensuring that all Gulf red snapper anglers get the added flexibility they need and increased access they deserve. Our industry is united in working together quickly to develop a plan for our new sector that holds us accountable so this iconic fishery can continue to rebuild,” said Capt. Gary Jarvis of Destin, Florida.

    “Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise but not all sportsmen can afford expensive boats that go 30 miles offshore. Those who aren’t lucky enough to own a boat get their access to the fishery through charter fishing boats and local seafood markets. Today’s approval of a separate charter sector protects their ability to keep fishing and will help us captains continue to support our families doing what we love,” said Capt. Steve Tomeny of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

    The final rule on this amendment should be published in the Federal Register in time to implement the separate catch limits by June 1, 2015. With a separate sector approved in the red snapper fishery in the Gulf, the next steps are for charter captains to work together to develop a sustainable charter management plan that can win a majority of support by the members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.


    The Charter Fishermen’s Association is trade association of charter and head boat fishermen who operate in the Gulf of Mexico. The for-hire fishing sector provides access to millions of recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico every year

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