RFA Gulf Member Exclusive

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The red snapper battle is heating up in the Gulf of Mexico and anglers are fighting mad! Since 1996, the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) has been arguing on anglers’ behalf in Washington DC about the absurdity of fisheries management which is slowly taking away America’s right to fish.  With increasing anti-fishing pressure coupled with a broken federal fisheries law and … Read More

4/23/13 – NJ Beach N’ Boat Challenge

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 NEW NJ TOURNEY RAISES MONEY FOR SCIENCE April 22, 2013 – The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and RFA-NJ chapter are proud to be partnering with organizers at the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament.  Launched this month, this season-long, inshore competition will run through November 30 and offers cash prizes in multiple fish categories including striped bass, fluke, bluefish, … Read More

Beach N Boat Challenge

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 NEW NJ TOURNEY RAISES MONEY FOR SCIENCE RFA Calls Jersey Beach N’ Boat Challenge a “Win Win” For 2013 April 22, 2013 – The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and RFA-NJ chapter are proud to be partnering with organizers at the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament.  Launched this month, this season-long, inshore competition will run through November 30 and … Read More

4/19/13 – Red Snapper Wars Heating Up

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GULF RED SNAPPER FIASCO PITS FED VS. STATES The red snapper wars are heating up!   While the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council) convened in Gulfport, Mississippi, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) met in Tallahassee in a vote to take red snapper matters into their own hands. On Wednesday, April 18, FWC approved a 44-day … Read More

3/26/13 – PEW Partners Up For Magnuson Fight

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RFA Warns Of Environmental Duplicity In New Bluefin Ploy After 6-1/2 years of heavy political pressure, a pair of national rallies, and promises by more than a dozen respected members of Congress, U.S. saltwater anglers are perplexed at the lack of legislative movement to protect sensible access to coastal fisheries.  Sadly, since the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act in … Read More

3/25/13 – RFA Asks Senate to Hold NOAA Accountable

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Letter Spotlights Government Failure To Meet Federal Data Deadline The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) has submitted official comments to Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), Chairman of U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans following an official hearing in Washington on March 20th at the urging of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). In their letter to Chairman Begich, RFA cited recent testimony given before … Read More

3/14/13 – RFA-NJ Members Fight For Drag Island

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Rallies Support For Land-Based Angler Access At Beesley’s Point The Drag Island Access Preservation Association (DIAPA) has recently been founded by several interested New Jersey residents and anglers, including longtime Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) member Bill Shillingford of Cape May County.  In a recent release by Shillingford and fellow DIAPA members George Bucci, Nick Verducci, and Pat Martin, DIAPA is … Read More

2/28/13 – NJ Governor To Act on “Pots Off Reef”

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RFA Praises Christie Administration For Regulatory Pledge  The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) says the issue with commercial traps littering New Jersey’s artificial reefs may soon finally be addressed comprehensively by the Governor’s office. RFA executive director Jim Donofrio said that he and RFA-NJ members have had several productive meetings with both the Governor’s staff and high-level members of the New … Read More

1/31/13 – New No-Fishing Zones in NORCAL?

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 RFA RAISES CONCERN ABOUT SANCTUARY EXPANSION The proposed expansion of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries set off alarms in the fishing community when the federal government published a map of the area that also contained all the marine protected areas (MPA) established under the Marine Life Protection Act. According to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), … Read More

1/14/2013 – RFA Support Letter for Sandy Relief

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January 14, 2013 – RFA excecutive director Jim Donofrio has submitted an official request to Chairman Pete Sessions and Ranking Member Louise McIntosh Slaughter in the House of Representatives seeking additional federal fisheries funding following Superstorm Sandy. “I am writing on behalf of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA)to request that the House Rules Committee include the Pallone amendment, the Bishop … Read More