MISSION STATEMENT

DELMARVA FISHERIES ASSOCIATION, Inc. (DFA) is a 501 (c)(6) fisheries trade association, in affiliation with the Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA), established to protect, defend and enhance the commercial fishing industry in the DelMarVa region of the United States for present participants as well as future generations through all legal means while maintaining healthy and sustainable stocks of fish.

DFA is committed to working tirelessly on behalf of its members in a fair and honest manner, in full compliance with all laws and regulations.

DFA serves as a vehicle for solving problems related to the seafood industry in the DelMarVa region of the USA.

DFA emphasizes cooperation and a commitment to protecting the natural water resources of the world.

DFA supports honest policies at all levels of government – local, state and federal – using science-based conservation and management in accord with the Rule of Law.

DFA pledges to work with any group committed to the rejuvenation, economic stability and growth of the fisheries in the DelMarVa region. DFA invites anyone with comparable interests to reach out and develop a dialogue. DFA pledges to work with other groups for the good of the fisheries in a cordial and professional manner.

OVERARCHING ISSUES

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Role in Regulating the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Any change in fishing quotas proposed by the ASMFC can only occur after adequate public hearings are held in the states whose quota will be reduced.
  • Every state in the ASMFC Compact will have at least one seafood industry representative as a voting member on the Commission.
  • An independent/peer reviewed socio-economic study must be done to determine the actual authority and impact of fishery rules enacted by the ASMFC.

Water Quality/Pollution Abatement

  • All major water quality reports on the Chesapeake Bay will be reviewed by DFA’s Water Quality Committee to determine the actual condition of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Determine where sources of pollution originate and cooperate with all parties to find the most practical and cost effective ways to reduce pollution.
  • Provide education about the fishing industry as true stewards of renewable and sustainable marine resources.

Government Management of Living Marine Resources

  • Enact a moratorium on the issuance of any new fishing regulation until significant efforts are made to bring all stakeholders to the table.
  • Create an industry/state/federal committee to address all fishing issues currently causing suspicions of all government regulations and the process used for enactment. Use the fishing industry’s knowledge on critical habitats and proper oyster replenishment throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Government must devote time and effort to solving the oyster and crab issues as the first order of business.
 
 

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