Wild Strawberry Lodge

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In March of 2016, the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) will draw one winning name, at random, from our database of active RFA members,to win a trip for two to Wild Strawberry Lodge in Sitka, Alaska.   The trip includes three days of fishing and four nights accommodations for one lucky winner and a guest, to be used between April of 2016 … Read More

10/02/14 – NY & NJ Announce Sandy Fish Grant Process

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This week, both New York and New Jersey have begun a process for distributing grant funding to fishing-related businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy.  Funding has been provided by the by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of a federal fishery disaster declaration for states impacted by Sandy. In New Jersey, commissioner Bob Martin of the New Jersey … Read More

9/25/14 – RFA Weighs In On Coastwide Striper Regulations

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After discussion with anglers, business owners, fisheries managers and biologists, the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) fully supports a reduction in striped bass harvest along the Atlantic Coast, with equal reductions to both the commercial and recreational sectors. Based on our own observations and extensive review of the scientific data, RFA believes it’s important to reduce fishing mortality to a level … Read More

8/26/14 – ASMFC Striped Bass Hearings Under Way

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The official striped bass discussion begins on August 26th in Connecticut, with public hearings scheduled all along the Atlantic Coast! In October 2013, the Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board initiated an addendum to the Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass to consider new biological reference points and management options to reduce fishing mortality to a … Read More

8/14/14 – Biloxi or Bust

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How far are you willing to go to protect your right to fish? On August 27, 2014, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will once again entertain a vote to divide the recreational fishing community into a ‘for-hire’ sector and a ‘private angler’ sector by divvying up the allotted recreational fishing quota.  The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and many … Read More

8/1/14 – Divide & Conquer Scheme Returns to Gulf

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Twice in the past two years, members and supporters of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) have successfully united coastwide opposition to sector separation at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. While literally thousands of recreational fishermen responded to calls opposing the various sector separation mechanisms proposed under a multitude of versions since 2012, the Gulf Council is again entertaining … Read More

7/30/14- RFA’s Million Dollar Summer

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Following up on a pair of New England shark tournaments held this summer to provide proceeds to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), there are three more Atlantic Coast tournaments coming up this summer which will help safeguard your right to fish! White Marlin Open First up is the 41st Annual White Marlin Open to be held from August 4th through … Read More

7/3/14 – Christie Steps In – Again – To Protect His Coastal Fishing Community

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While hundreds prepared to rally on Wednesday in opposition to a seismic blasting study set to begin off the Jersey shore as early as this weekend, Governor Chris Christie and officials with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced they plan on suing the federal government to stop the blasting. Just before 5 p.m. on July 2nd, as scores … Read More

6/18/14 – Why HR4742 Is Good For Saltwater Anglers

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HR 4742 Is Good For Fish, Fishermen & The Recreational Fishing Industry While a fair number of conservation and fishing groups were “underwhelmed” by efforts of Congress to improve the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Jim Hutchinson of the Recreational Fishing Alliance sees more good than bad in the bill. Here’s his take as published in The Fishing Wire on June 11, 2014. … Read More

6/17/14 – Yamaha Winning Captain

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Congratulations to Capt. John Herron of Margate, NJ, the winner of a brand new Yamaha F200 In-Line Four valued at over $19,000.  Capt. John’s name was drawn from the bin during the awards ceremony at the 34th Annual South Jersey Shark Tournament on June 7th at South Jersey Marina in Cape May. A limited run of just 200 tickets were … Read More