About Us

Southeastern Fisheries Association and the East Coast Fisheries Section

Southeastern Fisheries Association

The overall mission of Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA) is to defend, preserve 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 stocks of fish. SFA represents its members before local, state, regional, national and international bodies. SFA is the only regional association in the south that represents all fisheries in all levels of participation from the oceans to the plate. SFA’s Board of Directors believe cooperation between fisheries is the best way to protect and enhance the industry.

Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA) is a 501 c (6) non profit fisheries trade association founded by a core group of fish dealers in 1952. SFA is composed of companies and individual fishermen and workers employed within or supportive of the seafood and aquaculture industry at the local, state, national and international level. SFA serves the nation by maintaining a vehicle for solving problems related to the seafood industry in southeastern region of the United States. SFA emphasizes the benefits of cooperation and the commitment for protecting the wetlands and estuaries of the world. SFA provides technical information to the members on seafood safety, proposed legislation and regulations.

Several hundred company and boat members are involved in various aspects of seafood harvesting, processing, freezing, storage, distribution and wholesale and retail sales. SFA headquarters are located in Tallahassee, Florida.

Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA) is a 501 c (6) non profit fisheries trade association founded by a core group of fish dealers in 1952. SFA is composed of companies and individual fishermen and workers employed within or supportive of the seafood and aquaculture industry at the local, state, national and international level. SFA serves the nation by maintaining a vehicle for solving problems related to the seafood industry in southeastern region of the United States. SFA emphasizes the benefits of cooperation and the commitment for protecting the wetlands and estuaries of the world. SFA provides technical information to the members on seafood safety, proposed legislation and regulations.

Several hundred company and boat members are involved in various aspects of seafood harvesting, processing, freezing, storage, distribution and wholesale and retail sales. SFA headquarters are located in Tallahassee, Florida.

East Coast Fisheries Section

The East Coast Fisheries Section was formed in April of 2009 as a section of SFA with the primary objective of retaining the right to catch AMERICAN RED SNAPPER.  The ECFS has expanded its scope and has focused on bringing attention to the flawed nature of the SEDAR stock assessment process as it is implemented in the Southeast Region.

The ECFS over the past five years has been the driving force behind the initiative’s which has resulted in the NMFS changing course and announcing that the Large Area Closure to all bottom fishing in the Southeast would not be necessary.

The ECFS is the only orgainization that has funded  scientific reviews of SEDAR 15  which was a major factor in a new stock assessment, SEDAR 24.

In addition to continuing to retain the services of Dr. Frank Hester, the ECFS in March, 2011 commissioned Dr. Peter Barile to conduct an analysis of the Golden Tile and Black Sea Bass data with the view to improve the accuracy and results of the upcoming stock assessments for those important species.

On March 5th, 2009, The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved a measure to prohibit all fishing for American Red Snapper in the Southeast for up to one year! What this means to you:

-No Recreational or Commercial fisherman will be able to come to the dock with even ONE AMERICAN RED SNAPPER.

-The charter boat and commercial fishing industry will be economically devastated.

-Consumers will not have access to fresh local fish, quality and availability will be compromised.

East Coast Fisheries Section
Committee Board:

Jimmy Hull, Chairman
Sid Preskitt
John Polston
Jim Busse
David Nelson
Paul Nelson, Jr.
Russell Hudson, Fishery Consultant
Margie Hutto, Treasurer