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Recreational Fisheries Working Group

Established in 2010, the Recreational Fisheries Working Group (Working Group) advises MAFAC on its work on issues of importance to the recreational fisheries community.  Members have been selected to represent the diversity of national, regional, and sector perspectives.  Criteria for selection included having a sound expertise in the science, management, or business of recreational fishing, a well-informed background in recreational fisheries issues, and an operational knowledge of federal agencies and interactions with the Fishery Management Councils and/or regional and state partners.  Members of the Working Group are appointed by the NOAA Assistant Administrator based on recommendations from MAFAC and through a public application process solicited by Federal Register Notices.

Over the next year, the Working Group will help develop a National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy, a priority announced by Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, at the 2014 National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit.  In addition, the Working Group will provide advice and guidance on other recreational fisheries issues and activities identified by MAFAC and the agency.

In the past, working group members participated in the 2010  Recreational Fishing Summit, and  have been actively involved in the post-Summit implementation of actions including the development of the 2010 Recreational Saltwater Fisheries Action Agenda; and have provided input through their participation in Webinars  and other activities.


Working Group webinars & meetings

Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) homepage

Regional Recreational Fisheries Action Agendas

 2010 Recreational Saltwater Fisheries Action Agenda


MSA Reauthorization & NOAA Fisheries' Regulations: Challenges and Recommendations- a Recreational Fisheries Perspective

Cover letter



Member Roster (25)
Jesse Rosario
University of Guam
Dr. Craig Severence 
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo, HI
Ed Watamura
Waialua Boat Club
Honolulu, HI
Andy Mezirow
Crackerjack Charters
Seward, AK
Richard Yamada
Shelter Lodge
Auke Bay, AK
H. Lee Blankenship
Northwest Marine Technology
Olympia, WA
Kevin Lanier
Puget Sound Anglers
Burien, WA
David Bacon
WaveWalker Charter/Hooks, Line & Sinker bait & tackle
Santa Barbara, CA
Marc Gorelnik
Coastside Fishing Club
El Cerrito, CA
Thomas Marking
Humbolt Area Saltwater Anglers
McKinleyville, CA
Troy Frady
Orange Beach Fishing Association
Lillian, FL
Michael Kennedy
Coastal Conservation Association
Jupiter, FL
Carl Liederman
Captain Harry's Fishing Supply
Miami, FL
Sonny Schindler
Shore Thing Fishing Charters
Diamondhead, MS
Gary Smith
Private Angler
Pascagoula, MS
Lang Sykes
Coastal Conservation Association
Vero Beach, FL
Rip Cunningham
Salt Water Sportsman &
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Dover, MA
Skip Feller
Rudee Inlet Charters
Virginia Beach, VA
Dave Monti
Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association &
Rhode Island Party and Charter Boat Association
Warwick, RI
David Pecci
Maine Association of Charterboat Captains
Bath, ME
Chris Horton
Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Washington, DC