The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) was established in 1996 specifically as the political action organization for recreational fishermen and the sportfishing industry.  As a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization, RFA is uniquely chartered by federal law and through exclusive mission to “safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers,  protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of U.S. saltwater fisheries.”
With the dedicated support of our dues-paying members, along with the financial support (newsletter advertisements, sponsorships, donations, contributions, partnerships, etc.) of the following angling industry leaders, RFA staff continues to ‘live within the mission’ to protect America’s right to fish in marine waters.

(Click here to visit some of RFA’s supporting clubs, trade partners, outfitters and tackle shops nationwide!)

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BOEM recently extended the Public Comment period will receive public comments on the Ocean Wind 1 DEIS through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. Below is an excerpt from RFA’s submitted public comments:

Like the wind, fish move freely regardless of boundaries and grids on maps. Where the fish move private anglers and for-hire boats do their best to follow. The development of solid structures in the ocean will also establish new habitat that will attract fish to where they may not have frequented in the past. As such it is critical that the areas around and among the windmills must remain as open as possible for recreational anglers.
We are also sure you have received concerns from anglers that there could be future restrictions not only on fishing but also on transit through the wind fields. It is imperative that BOEM, the lease holders and the Coast Guard respect the rights of boaters to travel where they have for generations.
We are certainly grateful that the lease holders and BOEM have developed outreach programs and appointed fishing liaisons but the final approvals must clearly protect the rights of recreational anglers and boaters to access fishing grounds that may be within the project area. Only a definitive statement of policy supporting recreational fishing rights in the lease area will relieve the concerns of the thousands of anglers and the multi-billion dollar industry they support. Preserving the right to fish is a commitment made frequently in the hearings, in the reports and in comments from the lease holder. Cementing it as a part of the final approval should be a decision that is easy to reach together.
We look forward to working with BOEM and the lease holder in the future to ensure a continued engagement with and protections for recreational anglers as this process develops.”
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RFA Executive Director Rob A. Nixon Recently submitted public comment on the proposed Hudson Canyon marine sanctuary. The RFA’s position is that recreational fishing must be allowed to continue in the Hudson Canyon.

“The RFA is aware from the proposed NOAA-NOS-2022-0053 and NOAA comments in public hearings that the “intention” of the Sanctuary concept is to preserve recreational fishing as currently managed today. However, as NOAA has also heard in public comments, anglers worry that an intention today does not indicate action to prohibit fishing in the future. We believe, however, that NOAA can act to eliminate this concern should a Sanctuary designation be adopted for the Hudson Canyon.

NOAA can reassure the recreational fishing community by taking steps to solidify the proposed intention of keeping the sanctuary open to recreational fishing. These could include:

Adoption of language in the Sanctuary management plan to clearly state that recreational fishing is welcomed now and in perpetuity within the designated Sanctuary.

Establish that the “Terms of Designation” (Section 306: “Prohibited Activities”) does not include recreational fishing to ensure that fishing is not banned and will remain under the management of the relevant fisheries councils.

Set aside seats on the Pre-Designation Advisory Council for recreational fishing appointees.”

Full letter: link in bio.
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#HudsonCanyon
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@hooked_on_yams had a tough day fishing with wind against tide blowing at 25mph. Bite had shut down my 9:30am but managed to get a quick early limit, ending the day as high hook and this nice slab. Congratulations, Joseph on another epic catch!
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We'd like to thank our Sustaining Partners like @northcoastboats for their support. The Sustaining Partner program keeps us in the fight for your freedom to fish. If you'd like to show your support for the RFA and the work that we do to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat, and tackle industry jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of U.S. saltwater fisheries, please click the link in our bio.
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@yamahaoutboards #freedomtofish #stripedbass #tuna #whitemarlin #fishing #capecod #saltwaterfishing #boatlife #blackfish #fluke #outboard #offshore #flyfishing #bottomfishing #stripermigration #topwater #chickswhofish #madeintheusa #oceanfishing #fishingaddicts #sightfishing #saltwaterangler
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@connley_fishing hand feeding the pets at the dock... #tarpon ...

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NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently released the final report from the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit. The Summit brought together diverse stakeholders from the recreational fishing community across the coastal U.S. The theme of the 2022 Summit was "Recreational Fisheries in a Time of Change".

One of the most important recommendations was to increase the focus on forage fish management since these fish are the base of all other recreational fisheries. Atlantic menhaden are now being managed through ecological reference points (ERPs). To download the full report, click the link in bio. 📷: @southforksalt
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That smile when you juuuust make it! 🐟🐟🐟
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#fishfordinner #saltwaterfishing #stripedbassfishing #conservation #chickswhofish #research #girlswhofish #saltwaterangler #environmentallyfriendly #ladyangler #stripers #stripedbass #surfcasting #surffishing #njfishing #striper #striperseason #capemay #njangler
📷: @capemay_marlintunaclub
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RFA names Robert A. Nixon as new Executive Director. After an exhaustive nationwide talent search for a new Executive Director, vetting over 60 qualified candidates, one name rose to the top—Robert A. Nixon. Mr. Nixon has made a name for himself as one of New Jersey’s leading legislative lobbyists and strategists. He’s the founder and President of State House Strategies, a government affairs consulting firm. He also serves as Director of Government Affairs for the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, New Jersey’s largest law enforcement officer union.

“I am excited to help lead the RFA into the future, both as an avid saltwater fisherman and as a public policy professional,” Mr. Nixon says. “I think we can accomplish great things, and I can’t wait to see where we can go.” Read more about Rob in the link in bio.
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Rolling into 4th of July Weekend like 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸!
📷: @vikingyachtcompany

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#saltwaterangler #saltwaterfishing #saltwater #buylocal #fluke #cod #seabass #bass #hook #fishing #fishinglife #boat #boats #boatlife #nyc #fishingcharters #saltwater #saltwaterfishing #fishinglures #saltlife #newjersey #njfishing #4thofjuly #independenceday
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Dinner is served aboard the @valhallaboatworks V-37, Danielle Marie! Nice striper, Tami!

And thank you to @valhallaboatworks for supporting RFA as a Sustaining Partner. For more information about supporting the RFA and the work we do fighting for your freedom to fish, click the link in our bio.
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We’re in the trenches protecting your freedom to fish for this generation and the next!🇺🇸🐟🇺🇸

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.📷: @floridafishingbros
#recreational fishing #saltwaterfishing #mahi #sportfishing #fishtacos #scfishing #saltlife #offshorefishing #angler #fishingislife #onthebite #fishingaddict #fishingtrip #sportfishing #outdoors #inshorefishing #fisherman #fishon #bigfish #saltwater #shimano #tightlines #sushi #mahimahi #fishingdaily #pelagic #mahimahi #dorado #carolinafishing #fishingaddict #fishingtrip #sportfishing #outdoors #inshorefishing #fisherman #fishon #ladyangler #bigfish #saltwater #shimano #tightlines #fishingdaily #pelagic #mahimahi #dorado #kidswhofish
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We'd like to thank our Sustaining Partners like @contenderboatsofficial for their support. The Sustaining Partner program keeps us in the fight for your freedom to fish. If you'd like to show your support for the RFA and the work that we do to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat, and tackle industry jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of U.S. saltwater fisheries, please click the link in our bio. #FirstforAnglers #alwaysinthegame ...

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A framework addendum to the Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass and Bluefish fishery management plans was recently passed by the the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) that would institute a new approach for setting recreational measures in these fisheries. That approach would take into consideration other elements of the fishery including stock size, recruitment, biological references and stock trends as opposed to relying solely on the estimates produced through MRIP and comparing those estimates to the recreational harvest limit. This outdated approach is responsible for the current reductions in black sea bass and scup even when the stocks are far above their rebuilding target. The Harvest Control Rule may have far reaching applications for other federally managed species. Tip of the hat to longtime RFA Member and MAFMC member Captain Adam Nowalsky for his leadership on this issue. 📷: @aaronsfishingshow ...

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Get ready for the longest season we’ve ever had for recreational anglers since Florida took over management of Gulf red snapper! 57 days of Gulf red snapper starts Friday!  That’s right. Recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters off Florida starts June 17 and runs through July 31 with 12 select days in the fall. Don’t forget to get the State Reef Fish Angler designation on your license before you go: gooutdoorsflorida.com/

Also remember to #EarnAnotherFight. A descending device or venting tool is now required to be rigged & ready for use when targeting reef fish in Gulf federal waters. Head on over to @returnemright for some tips and tricks to make descending easy and effective. 📷: @returnemright
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They’re still here! @mangi316 sporting his @all_american_tackle_co hat. 🇺🇸 It obviously brought him luck! 🇺🇸

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Remembering those who gave their lives to keep us free. 🇺🇸 #MDW 🇺🇸 #MemorialDay ...

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The unofficial start of summer is finally here! 🇺🇸#MDW 🇺🇸 Let the fluking begin! 📷: @tackleboxnj

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Become a Sustaining Partner

Sustaining Partners are the backbone of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and provide us with a dependable source of revenue so we can do our job of protecting our community’s right to fish.

As a Sustaining Partner, your year-round partnership provides your organization with visibility to the a national audience and demonstrates your support for the RFA’s goals and objectives. Sustaining Partners do not receive renewal notices in the mail which means that even more resources are saved and go right back into keeping us working to protect your rights as saltwater anglers. Most importantly, Sustaining Partners have the satisfaction of knowing they are always actively doing their part to keep RFA thriving.

Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States. Over the last couple years, more than 50 million Americans flocked to the nation’s waterways to engage in freshwater, saltwater, and fly-fishing activities, marking the highest fishing participation rate in over a decade. (statista.com)

At RFA, we are launching a freemium membership providing Sustaining Partners reach to potentially 54 million fishing participants in the United States through RFA’s social media, website, fishing tournaments, boat shows and other opportunities. The fishing sector in the United States was valued at $9.62 billion in 2020, illustrating the fishing enthusiasts communities dedication and the need for the RFA to continue to battle the policies that could impact the industry.

We would look forward to discussing how your organization can partner with the RFA!.

If you or your company wishes to support the RFA as a Sustaining Partner, please contact Lorna O’Hara at LOhara@joinrfa.org or call 609.209.9959.