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charter fisherman's Association

It is our mission to ensure American public access to fishing, to engage and represent
the Charter for Hire industry, and to ensure long-term sustainability of our fisheries.

Each year millions of Americans rely on the Charter for Hire Industry to access our nation's fishery. Whether on a Head/Party Boat, Center Console or Luxury Sport Fishing yacht, our industry gives fishermen who do not own their own boats the opportunity to take advantage of our great fishery. Our customers come from all over the country and are a large part of the economic machine that drives our coastal communities.


Charter Fisherman's Association was formed by a group of Charter for Hire fishermen for the Charter for Hire industry and the millions of recreational fishermen who rely on the Industry across the country.

Our mission statement is: to ensure American public access to fishing, to engage and represent the charter for hire industry, and to ensure long-term sustainability of our industry. This mission is achieved through outreach, education and the development of realistic solutions within the framework of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Act, and the federal or state processes for managing and improving our fisheries.

Current fishing rules hurt anglers, fishing businesses, and our nation's fisheries by severely limiting fishing with short or even closed seasons, while promoting wasteful discards due to outdated management practices. Moreover, the rules also fail to manage the fishery effectively. CFA will work to meet the mandates set by congress through the promotion of fishery management practices that are beneficial to the American public, the fishery in general as well as the fishing industry.

The Port Ambassador Program was developed to help implement and fine tune the first For-hire electronic logbook and monitoring program. The South East For-Hire Electronic Reporting Program, also known as SEFHIER, came to fruition by a group of Federally Permitted Vessel owners and operators that worked diligently to continue the For-hire sector on a path of accountability for sustainability. The Ambassadors involved in the program are dedicated to the successful implementation and operation of SEFHIER. Click the Port Ambassador Logo above to gain access to informative links and information about the program.

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