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.
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New 21CFR117-Compliant HACCP training Courses with Bob Jones
Under new laws, cGMP training is mandatory under 21CFR117. Bob Jones, working with Climate Control International, LLC, has created the premier course to be fully HACCP compliant under the new law. Click the link below to take this new course and complete the exam to update your HACCP certification!
This course is brought to you by Florida Fisheries Foundation and CCI, LLC.
New Florida Fisheries Foundation Document on the Bait & Forage Fish industry
FFF President Bob Jones recently wrote a great paper on the Bait & Forage fish industry, and how the industry is sustainably managed as-is, and undervalued - "The Florida baitfish industry is an under-appreciated sector of Florida’s economy. The commercial fishermen’s harvest of baitfish (forage fish) is critical to the pleasure and success of recreational fishing for residents and tourists."
Florida Legislature Tasks Florida Ocean Alliance to create Strategic Plan for Oceans and Coasts
The Florida Ocean Alliance, working with relevant state, regional and local agencies and public and private parties, will develop a long range Strategic Plan by June 30, 2020, to help ensure that Florida’s coastal and ocean resources remain healthy and economically viable for future generation
NOAA Request for Comments: Proposed Changes to Commercial Regulations for Snapper-Grouper Species in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Region
NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on Vision Blueprint Commercial Regulatory Amendment 27 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region and proposed rule:
US lieutenant governors call for more inspections on imported seafood
From SeafoodSource.com News: Lieutenant governors in the United States have put their weight behind a resolution sponsored by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser (R-Louisiana) calling for additional inspections of imported seafood.
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.
Increase in Atlantic King Mackerel Commercial Trip Limits in the Atlantic Southern Zone March 1-September 30
Effective September 11, NOAA Fisheries has announced an increase in commercial king mackerel trips limits in the Atlantic Southern Zone during Season 1 (March 1-September 30). Therefore, the trip limit will remain at 50 fish for the area south of Volusia County, FL, through September 30.
Commercial Fishermen Rescue Sailors
While on a commercial fishing trip for SFA Members Wild Ocean Seafood Market and Cape Canaveral Shrimp Company, Captain Matt Beedle and Crewmate Jamie Rodriguez rescued two gentlemen 35 miles offshore of Port Canaveral on July 25th. While fishing, Matt heard the radar alarm go off, went in the wheel house and saw a blip on the screen. He went back out on the deck and saw some orange material waving in the distance. He eased over towards the waving flag and found a dingy with two gentlemen in it. Their sailboat had sunk the afternoon before in 100 feet of water off Ft. Pierce. There was no time to send out a Mayday call. They had burned the gas in their outboard kicker and had shot all their flares the previous night when they spotted a freighter in the distance. They were drifting north in the Gulf stream when F/V Top Tuna spotted them. F/V Top Tuna was the last commercial fishing boat that Dixie Crossroads founder Rodney Thompson built with the help of his grandson, Josh McCoy. Josh now owns and manages the Top Tuna in addition to being the dock manager at Wild Ocean Seafood's Port Canaveral facility. The USCG intercepted Top Tuna seven miles off Port Canaveral and placed the sailors on a USCG boat to finish bringing them into shore.
All in a day's work for hard-working commercial fishermen!
New Law in Lousiana Require Restaurants to Display Origins for Shrimp and Crawfish
The governor of Louisiana signed LA House Bill 335 into law last Wednesday, June 19th, which requires all restaurants to display on their menus whether shrimp and crawfish served at the establishment are domestic or from a foreign country.
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Hurricane Irma Relief Funds are Released 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 for 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!
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