FECSPI and Southern Shrimp Alliance Joint Meeting

Florida East Coast Shrimp Producers Inc.
Shrimp Producers Association
P O Box 373 – Yulee FL 32041-0373
Telephone 904-261-6615 FAX 904-261-4016
Email: fecspi@aol.com                               Cell: 904-588-4423

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Southern Shrimp Alliance

P.O. Box 1577 Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

955 E. MLK Dr. Suite D Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

727-934-5090 Fax 727-934-5362

TO: All Shrimpers, other Commercial Fishermen, Members and Interested parties.
FROM: Shrimp Producers Association (SPA)

Meeting Saturday 16 January 2016
LOCATION: Coast Guard Sector Mayport
TIME: (18:00 hours) 6:00 P. M.

AGENDA No 1:
Requirements For Out Of Water Survival Craft and Replacement of Life Floats and Rigid Buoyant Apparatus
USCG policy released and outlines their phased in approach for the installation of the “out of the water survival craft”:
“You may recall, USCG Officer Butts thought this compliance approach would most likely occur. For those Commercial Fishing Vessels that operate beyond 3 nautical miles from shore, in warm waters exclusively, AND have a life float that is in serviceable condition. Officer Butts may allow the installation of the inflatable buoyancy apparatus (IBA) for one year…but no later than February 1, 2017!

To ALL shrimpers, if you have an interest in the displaying and demonstrating of lifesaving equipment (IBA, PFD’s, EPIRB’s, and flares); AND to be prepared fishermen you will make arrangements to attend THIS meeting.

Needless to say, SPA agrees with Officer Butts and thinks it would be very helpful to those owners of Commercial Fishing Vessels that have life floats installed now. Rebecca Jammes, Life Saving Technologies (Rafts) with Datrex Inc. Jacksonville and Kendra Robinson, Raft Production Coordinator with Servitecgroup, Jacksonville
Kendra and Rebecca (presented and demonstrated at our September 2015 meeting) will discuss the IBA, its installation, its operation, initial cost, and servicing cost; will again present.
AGENDA No. 2:  John Williams, Executive Director – Southern Shrimp Alliance
SUBJECT: Sunset Review in 2016.This is a very important issue regarding maintaining the tariffs on imported shrimp for another 5 years. Mr. Williams will also update the industry on issues that will impact the shrimp industry in 2016. Both agenda items are very important and everyone associated with the shrimp industry needs to attend.
File: SPA/ME 01 16 2016 Mayport

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