Southeastern Fisheries Association
Protecting access to seafood
SFA’s mission is to defend, protect and enhance the commercial fishing industry in the southeastern United States for present participants as well as future generations through all legal means while maintaining healthy and sustainable stocks of fish.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES OF THE SFA 2019 ANNUAL MEETING!
SAFMC Requests Emergency Action for Commercial Mackerel Fisheries
From SAFMC New Release -After considering public comment and recommendations from its Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel, the Council approved a motion to request NOAA Fisheries use emergency action to increase the second season commercial king mackerel trip limit from 50 fish to 75 fish in the Southern Zone. The Council made the request with the intention of having the increase in place by the beginning of the October 1, 2019 opening. The Atlantic king mackerel stock is not overfished or undergoing overfishing, and it is not anticipated that the commercial quota will be exceeded with the increased trip limit.
South Atlantic Council Looking for New Executive Director
The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council is seeking applications for an Executive Director. The position will be responsible for managing all administrative and technical aspects of the Council operations within the federal 200-mile limit of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida to Key West. The Council is also responsible for Coastal Migratory Pelagics from New York to Florida, and for Dolphin/Wahoo from Maine to Florida.
Hurricane Irma Relief Funds are Release by NOAA
From FWC: The FWC has received notification from NOAA Fisheries that our Hurricane Irma Fisheries Disaster grant has been approved beginning July 1, 2019. While there are several projects in this grant, payment to fishermen and wholesale dealers impacted by Hurricane Irma is a priority. Available government funds are limited. The Fisheries Disaster Relief Program may not be able to cover fishermen fully for their losses.
Support The Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act of 2019
SFA is urging member and Florida residents to contact Senator Rick Scott and tell him to support the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act fo 2019. The bill, introduced by Senator Rubio in the Senate as S. 1008 and Representative Daniel Webster in the House as HR. 787, promotes ethical and sustainable shark fishing procedures and allows American fishermen to continue making a living.
Click the link below to download information about the bill and how to Contact Senator Scott, and tell him to support fishermen!
Updated Red Snapper Dates For 2019
The 2019 commercial red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, July 8, 2019. The 2019 recreational red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 12, 2019, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 15, 2019; then reopens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 19, 2019, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 21, 2019, unless changed by subsequent notification in the Federal Register.
SFA and Sustainable Shark Alliance Support SSFTA
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There are worldwide efforts to reduce the harvest of seafood and to reduce the number of fishing vessels and fishermen in the industry. One major effort of reduction is in fisheries identified as overcapitalized. Another effort is being made by groups who are opposed to harvesting animals for food purposes.
There is a worldwide concern about seafood safety, so much so that the United States, Canada and the European Economic Union have initiated strict seafood safety regulations. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established 21 CFR 123 in 1996 as the controlling regulations for all seafood and aquaculture products sold at wholesale in the country. SFA is developing new options for those needing to be HACCP-certified.
Manuscripts, rules and regulations show how the seafood industry in the southeast has been transformed from a valuable and respected industry to an industry considered by some groups as no longer needed.
SFA Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board: Peter Jarvis, Triar Seafood
President: Tony Lombardi, Lombardi's Seafood
Vice President: Dawn Aylesworth, Aylesworth Foundation
Treasurer: Sherri McCoy, Cape Canaveral Shrimp Co.
Secretary: Jeanna Merrifield, Wild Ocean Market
Robert Aylesworth, Aylesworth Fish & Bait
Gary Graves, Keys Fisheries
Dennis Henderson, Trico Shrimp Co.
Tom Hill, Key Largo Fisheries
Jimmy Hull, Hull's Seafood Market
Mike Merrifield, Wild Ocean Market
Gerald Pack, Safe Harbor Seafood
Eugene Raffield, Raffield Fisheries
Steven Rash, Water Street Seafood