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SOUTHEASTERN FISHERIES ASSOCIATION INC.
Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA) is a 501 C (6) non-profit fisheries trade association. It was founded in 1952 by men returning from World War II and
SFA’s mission is to defend, protect and enhance the commercial fishing industry in the southeastern
SFA’s goal is to preserve fishery resources, fishermen and communities. SFA supports honest, science-based conservation and management that complies with the Rule of Law.
SFA provides current and pertinent information to members concerning federally required Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Point regulations (HACCP). Proposed fisheries legislation under consideration by Congress and fishery-related regulations, as enacted by state and federal governments, are distributed in a timely manner.
SFA is at the forefront trying to stop consumer fraud related to seafood product substitution (bait & switch) and net weight violations. SFA’s importer members support proper labeling and accurate net weight. Many foreign and domestic companies consider glazing or addition of water as part of the net weight of a seafood product. Net weight is net weight of the meat. Any product sold must contain the net weight as stated on the carton. A vendor getting $10 per pound for water is fraud and those who participate in this activity must be stopped and punished according to law. SFA constantly stresses to the industry that 13 ounces does not make a pound.
SFA is involved in BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil disaster in the
SFA is working diligently with scientists to save the red snapper fishing industry on the east coast of
SFA is a professional venue solving myriad fishery problems. Since the Magnuson-Stevens Act was passed in 1976, the management problems have grown exponentially. The federal government banned open-access fishing through decisions to stop issuing new permits for any fishery thereby making it almost impossible for young people to become commercial fishermen, hoping one day to own their own boat.
NOAA has enacted policies to remove as many commercial fishermen as possible from federal waters and recently began including the reduction of recreational anglers as part of their scheme.
Over the years several angler groups and charter-for-hire fishermen saw the need for cooperating with commercial fishing organizations. They recognized the need to protect themselves from the onslaught of oil-endowed charitable trusts that currently control
Militant environmental non-government organizations (ENGO’s), with the willing assistance of NOAA, are forcing American fisheries to be managed under the provisions of Agenda 21, the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD was passed by the United Nations but was never ratified by the U.S. Senate.
To overcome the Senate refusal to give fisheries management to the new world order, President Clinton, President George W. Bush and President Obama all issued Executive Orders mandating the executive branch agencies adopt the provisions and thrust of the Convention of Biological Diversity.
If NOAA succeeds in taking out all the fishermen they deem necessary, the domestic seafood industry will never recover and the ability of American fishermen to harvest domestic seafood will be diminished beyond salvation.
If NOAA keeps removing fishermen from the ocean the infrastructure will also fall. When seafood industry infrastructure falls it will not return. That may be the goal of efforts shutting down seafood harvesting by using flawed science to get it done.
SFA headquarters are located at
Bob Jones has served as executive director of Southeastern Fisheries Association since 1964. He has served on many state and national committees and commissions and was Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in 1980.