Who We Are - What We Do
full, voting member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Federation
of Fishermens Associations (PCFFA), and is the only association
which represents the small boat commercial salmon fishermen who
are not aligned with a port association.
of Directors pledges to be proactive in regulatory and legislative
meetings on your behalf and to report to you through frequent
newsletters and meetings on seasons, legislation, etc.
and swap meets, which provide ongoing information to help you
improve your catch and save you money.
member discounts on Flares, EPIRBs, Buoyant Apparatus, Antennas
and other items of fishing gear.
Central Valley water contractors & municipal
water users want us off the water. The only thing between them
and our water is PCFFA and your local association.
Powerful timber and large corporate agribusiness
want us off the water. PCFFA leadership, working with cooperative
land owners and against those who dont want change, is the
primary reason for both the Sacramento River salmon, which are
most of our catch, and the survival of our commercial fishing
Fish farms around the world want us off the
water. Without the competition of our superior wild salmon, they
will have virtual monopoly of the salmon market.
Although PCFFA has developed good working relationships
with many of the sport organizations, some want us off the water.
Its only because of PCFFA and our Salmon Stamp program that
"their" fish even exist! We all need PCFFA.
The purpose of the Association is to serve the needs and interests
of California Small Boat Commercial Salmon Fishermen in activities
which bear upon the business of commercial salmon fishing. Included
is the monitoring of those regulatory and legislative activities
which effect the conservation, maintenance, and enhancements of
the commercial salmon fishery. As proud members of this association,
and recognizing the hardships and dangers of commercial fishing,
members, whenever possible, will provide aid to other members
in times of distress.
Commercial fishing associations
are our watchdogs over government fisheries policy decisions.
We need our association to ensure that commercial fishermens
interests are represented adequately.
GETTING GOOD SCIENCE
To be effective, fishing organizations need independent science
apart from NMPS to maintain fair access to commercial fishing.
We can maintain our fishing and way of life by using our numbers.
We can survive if we unite.
Our fishing associations are our connection between government
agencies and commercial fishermen as we are faced with the ever
more challenging task of earning a living on the water.