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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, it is anticipated that the Working Group will engage in review and revision of the NOAA Regional Recreational Fisheries Action Agendas, and planning for a second National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit, as well as other recreational fisheries issues and activities identified as appropriate by MAFAC. 

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 (23) 

Dr. Craig Severence 
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo, HI
Ed Watamura
Waialua Boat Club
Honolulu, HI
Jesse Rosario
University of Guam
Richard Yamada
Shelter Lodge
Auke Bay, AK
Dr. William S. Brown
Taku Reel Repair
Juneau, AK
H. Lee Blankenship
Northwest Marine Technology
Olympia, WA
Kevin Lanier
Puget Sound Anglers
Burien, WA
Robert Fletcher
Sportfishing Association of California
San Diego, CA
Thomas Marking
Humbolt Area Saltwater Anglers
McKinleyville, CA
Donna Kalez
Dana Wharf
Dana Point, CA
Carl Liederman
Captain Harry's Fishing Supply
Miami, FL
Patrick Fitzmorris
Recreational Fisheries Research Institute
Madisonville, LA
Michael Kennedy
Coastal Conservation Association
Jupiter, FL
Terry Lacoss
Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island, FL
Troy Frady
Orange Beach Fishing Association
Lillian, FL
Rad Trascher
Coastal Conservation Association
Baton Rouge, LA
Dave Monti
Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association 
Rhode Island Party and Charter Boat Association
Warwick, RI
Bruce Freeman
Jersey Coast Anglers Association
Lavalette, NJ
David Pecci
Maine Association of Charterboat Captains
Bath, ME
David Smith
Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association
Pasadena, MD
Steve James
Boston Big Game Fishing Club
Stellwagen Charter Boat Assocation
Marshfield, MA
Jason Schratwieser
International Game Fish Association
Dania Beach, FL
Bob Zales II
Panama City, FL
Chris Horton
Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Washington, DC