“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.”
This industry needs focused direction so it can continue to provide long term access for recreational anglers to our nation's resources. For the most part, the Charter for Hire industry has been made up of individual men and women who have the love and desire to be working on the water. People who loved the independence and have had the maverick attitude to do things their own way, on their own schedule and without anyone telling them what they can or cannot do. It was the freedom to be your own boss and go out and conquer Mother Nature and the world on their own terms.
This existence and attitude has served us all well in the past but now times have changed. Unfortunately we found ourselves behind the eight ball and, as an industry, have not kept up to make those changes work to our advantage, or at least prevent those changes from diminishing our ability to have great success doing what we do best. It has been this underlying independent spirit that seems to have interfered with us from being organized and committed to any causes in the past. Only now in the last few years has there been concerted movement to come together and address some of the issues that threaten our industry with more involvement from a bigger variety of fisherman involved. Below are the missions before us. It will take a strong, dedicated and hardworking organization to bring these missions to success.
1) To ensure American public access to fishing- Our board and membership are actively involved in development of regulations, policies and management idea that increase access to the fishery while also protecting the fishery over the long-term so future generations will have the same opportunity.
2) To engage and represent the charter for hire industry- Regardless of your opinion or level of understanding, we want to hear your story and ideas. Although we may not always agree, our organization strives to find common ground and work together whenever possible. Our Board of Directors and advisors are readily accessible and stay engaged with fishermen as often as possible. In addition to serving as leadership to an industry, we all also run full time fishing businesses as well.
3) To ensure the long-term sustainability of our fisheries- This is a never ending mission, but certainly worthwhile. We work diligently with regulators and policy makers as well as stakeholders from every portion of the fishermen to promote sound, scientific based management that protects our fishery resources while also allowing for an enjoyable fishing experience for generations to come.
The missions above are some issues that can be addressed in the immediate future and some will take years to accomplish. What are our options?
Continue to be regulated out of business or lose it because you no longer have value of your investments (your boat, reef building, client base). Or do you become a member of the
CFA and become active in shaping your own future by letting your money, time and ideas help take this industry and yourself out of the dark ages and into the 21st century? With CFA and each member's efforts we can bring our businesses and CFH industry back to a status where our customers, our families and ourselves will be proud to be associated with an industry that has the heritage of the American Fisherman. A heritage that can be passed on to the next generation of professional fishermen.