Southeastern Fisheries

Association, Inc.


Southeastern Fisheries Association


Protecting access to seafood

for everyone.



SFA's Mission

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.


Seafood HACCP Trainings Offered Through Florida Sea Grant/UF IFAS

A series of basic and ‘Segment Two’ seafood HACCP training courses are scheduled in conjunction with UF/IFAS Extension offices at various locations in Florida. The lead instructor for the courses will be Dr. Steve Otwell. Current Dates and Locations are:

  • April 10-11; Jacksonville, FL; Two-day session (8AM-5PM) 
  • April 17; Palmetto, FL; Segment Two course for one full day (8AM-5PM).
  • June 5-6; Pensacola, FL; Two-day session (8AM-5PM)
  • June 18-19; Cocoa, FL: Two-day session (8AM-5PM)
The registration link for the courses can be found at This Link


NOAA Extends Validity of Vessel and Dealer Permits

NOAA Extends Validity for Permits

From NOAA Fisheries Website:  

Due to the government shutdown, the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region Permits Office is notifying permit holders of the continued validity of some permits, beyond the expiration date stated on the permits. 

Consistent with 5 U.S.C. ยง 558,  those permits, for which complete renewal applications were submitted to the Southeast Region Permits Office prior to the expiration date on the permit, will be considered valid until NOAA Fisheries makes a final determination on the renewal application. 

NOAA Fisheries anticipates making final determinations on all delayed permit renewal applications by March 31, 2019.


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.

Dept. of Commerce Memo on 2019 Red Snapper season

SFA and Sustainable Shark Alliance Support SSFTA


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2019 Sustainable Shark Fisheries Act Release.pdf

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SFA Board of Directors Passes Resolution Opposing Shark Fin Ban Legislation


Resolution on Shark Fishing 012419.PDF

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SFA's Major Goals

Preserve harvesting access to the marine fisheries resources for future generations.

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.

Promote and deliver continuing education programs concerning seafood safety.

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.

Chronicle the history of the southeastern seafood industry.

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

Executive Committee

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 

Directors

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


1700 North Monroe Street, #11-154, Tallahassee, FL 32303 Tel 850.224.0612   FAX  850.270.6464   info@sfaonline.org 

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