Southeastern Fisheries Association
Serving the Commercial Fishing Industry for over 60 years
SFA Mission Statement:
SFA’s mission is to defend, protect and enhance the commercial fishing industry in the southeastern United States for present participants as well as future generations through all legal means while maintaining healthy and sustainable stocks of fish.
SFA is committed to working on behalf of its members in a fair and honest manner, in full compliance with all laws and regulations. The longstanding, honorable reputation of SFA demonstrates the professional integrity and accountability of its staff and leadership. We commit to provide accurate and fair information in all of our procedures and practices to SFA members, vendors, government agencies and all others interested in fisheries-related issues.
SFA serves as a vehicle for solving problems related to the seafood
industry in southeastern region of the United States.
SFA emphasizes the benefits of cooperation and the commitment for protecting the natural water resources of the world.
SFA provides technical information to the members on seafood safety, and provides reports on legislation and regulations.
SFA represents harvesters, packers, processors, distributors and restaurants which illustrates that SFA is involved in the seafood industry “from the oceans to the plate.”
SFA strives to preserve fishery resources, fishermen and communities
SFA supports honest, science-based conservation and management that complies with the Rule of Law
SFA provides current, pertinent information and updates to members concerning federally required Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Point regulations (HACCP), proposed fisheries legislation under consideration by Congress and fishery-related regulations, as enacted by state and federal governments
SFA is at the forefront trying to stop consumer fraud including seafood product substitution (bait& switch) and net weight violations
SFA emphasizes the benefits of cooperation and the commitment for protecting the wetlands and estuaries of the world.
SFA members are involved in all aspects of seafood harvesting, processing, freezing, storage, distribution and wholesale and retail sales.
Southeastern Fisheries Association is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit fisheries trade association founded by a core group of fish dealers in 1952. SFA is composed of companies and individual fishermen and workers employed within or supportive of the seafood and aquaculture industry at the local, state, national and international level.
- Preserve harvesting access to the marine fisheries resources for future generations.
There are worldwide efforts to reduce the harvest of seafood and to reduce the number of fishing vessels and fishermen in the industry. One major effort of reduction is in fisheries identified as overcapitalized. Another effort is being made by groups who are opposed to harvesting animals for food purposes.
- Promote and deliver continuing education programs concerning seafood safety.
There is a worldwide concern about seafood safety, so much so that the United States, Canada and the European Economic Union have initiated strict seafood safety regulations. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established 21 CFR 123 in 1996 as the controlling regulations for all seafood and aquaculture products sold at wholesale in the country. SFA’s Executive Director is certified to teach HACCP courses to any company in the world.
- Chronicle the history of the southeastern seafood industry.
Manuscripts, rules and regulations show how the seafood industry in the southeast has been transformed from a valuable and respected industry to an industry considered by some groups as no longer needed.
Since 1964, Executive Director Robert P. Jones has led the charge for many commercial fishing groups within and without the Southeastern Fisheries Association.
Jones’ leadership and knowledge allows him to actively participate in a wide range of national, regional and local organizations including:
US Coast Guard Advisory Committee
US Environmental Protection Agency’s, Gulf of Mexico Initiative
Alaskan Coastal Zone Advisory Committee
National Academy of Science on Vessel Safety
US Department of State, Ocean Affairs Advisory Committee
Deepwater Shrimp Advisory Panel, South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council
Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Development Foundation, Inc.
Gulf of Mexico Seafood Marketing Coalition
Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council
Florida Task Force on Food Safety under Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida/Alabama Habitat Committee, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Florida
Governor’s Oceans Policy Task Force
Keep American Beautiful Campaign
Jones monitors state and federal legislation affecting the seafood industry and coordinates events in Tallahassee, FL and Washington, DC. He has represented domestic fisheries on an international basis including a Trade Mission to Japan, Business development in India and Bilateral talks concerning shrimping in Mexico.
Jones is a Certified Seafood HACCP Trainer and has trained and certified staff at more than 950 firms in the seafood industry and is called on to solve complex seafood safety issues on a regular basis.
Jones has been a guest lecturer at many universities including Florida State University, University of South Florida, Oregon State University, University of Florida and Tulane University. Jones graduated from University of South Florida and served our nation in the US Marine Corps 1952-1955.
2015-2016 SFA Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Gerald Pack, Safe Harbor Seafood, Atlantic Beach, FL
Jimmy Hull, Hull’s Seafood Markets, Inc., Ormond Beach, FL
Peter Jarvis, Triar Seafood Company, Hollywood, FL
Grant Erickson, Erickson & Jensen Seafood Packers, Fort Myers Beach, FL
Jeanna Merrifield, Cape Canaveral Shrimp Company, Titusville, FL
Robert Aylesworth, Aylesworth’s Fish & Bait, Inc., St Petersburg, FL
Darrell Glover, Beaver Street Fisheries, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Gary Graves, Keys Fisheries, Inc., Marathon, FL
Dennis Henderson, Trico Shrimp Company, Fort Myers Beach, FL
Tom Hill, Key Largo Fisheries, Inc., Key Largo, FL
Jimmy Hull, SFA East Coast Fisheries, Ormond Beach, FL
Tony Lombardi, Lombardi’s Marketplace LLC, Winter Park, FL
Sherri McCoy, Cape Canaveral Shrimp Company, Cape Canaveral, FL
Mike Merrifield, Cape Canaveral Shrimp Company, Titusville, FL
Darrell Poli, Marine Supply & Oil Company, St Augustine, FL
Eugene Raffield Jr., Raffield Fisheries, Inc., Port St. Joe, FL
Steven Rash, Water Street Seafood, Inc., Apalachicola, FL
Alternate Director Ernie Donini, Jr., Superior Seafoods, Inc., Tampa, FL
SENATOR RUBIO EMAIL
As Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, I write with great concern on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) announcement that red snapper in South Atlantic Federal waters will once again be closed in 2016.
COMMERCIAL FISHERIES FIGHTING FOR FAIRNESS Members of the Southeastern Fisheries Association gathered in Key Largo last week to discuss legislative changes, industry regulations and how to protect their harvesting rights.
“The recreational side is a lot more powerful than us,” said SFA Executive Director Bob Jones. “They get about 73 percent of all the finfish allocated in the South Atlantic. We are just trying to hold onto the allocations that we have because without us, most folks in the world wouldn’t be able to enjoy fresh seafood.”
GETTING REAL ABOUT ECOSYSTEM BASED MANAGEMENT
The operative words here, which are echoed in most other definitions and discussions of Ecosystem Based Management, are “all the links among living and nonliving resources.” Obviously this should be a huge departure from what we’ll call traditional fisheries management, which has always been focused on the impacts of one activity – fishing – on one or a limited complex of several species of fish or shellfish.
WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION GRANTS
Charter schools, EDF, MSC, Ocean Conservancy and $9 Million for CATCH SHARES are some of the big winners of WalMart money in 2014. It is getting more difficult each year to stand up to the millions of tax-free dollars used to destroy the commercial fishing culture. Review the Walton family philosophy as reflected in their grants.
AT TAMPA BAY FARM-TO-TABLE RESTAURANTS, YOU'RE BEING FED FICTION
THE RESTAURANT’S CHALKBOARD makes claims as you enter from the valet parking lot. At the hostess stand, a cheery board reads, “Welcome to local, farm-fresh Boca.”
Brown butcher paper tops tables and lettuces grow along a wooden wall. In a small market case, I see canned goods from here and produce from somewhere. Check the small print: blackberries from Mexico and blueberries from California.
RUBIO CASSIDY INTRODUCE BILL TO PRESERVE ACCESS TO BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK AND OTHER PUBLIC WATERS
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today introduced the Preserving Public Access To Public Waters Act (S. 2807) in the Senate. The legislation is a modified version of H.R. 3310, sponsored by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27), and prevents the federal government from restricting public access to marine waters, including Biscayne National Park, without state consent.
KARENIA BREVIS BLOOMS ON THE WEST FLORIDA SHELF
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) of the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis occur regularly along Florida's west coast. K. brevis blooms generally appear along the coast between the Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor estuaries in the fall, and may continue throughout the year, or even reappear after subsiding.
USDA RELEASES FINAL RULE ESTABLISHING INSPECTION PROGRAM FOR SILURIFORMES FISH, INCLUDING CATFISH
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a final rule establishing an inspection program for fish under the order Siluriformes, including catfish. The final rule, which applies to both domestically-raised and imported Siluriformes fish, was developed in order to implement provisions required by the 2014 Farm Bill...
EAT MORE SEAFOOD -- IT'S GOOD FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY
Over the past century, deficiencies of essential nutrients have dramatically decreased, many infectious diseases have been conquered, and the majority of the U.S. population can now anticipate a long and productive life. At the same time, rates of chronic diseases—many of which are related to poor quality diet and physical inactivity—have increased. About half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and overweight and obesity.
WHO REALLY GETS THE FISH IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC
This is a side-by-side comparison of the type of fish per pound that recreational anglers and the commercial industry catch.
SOUTHEASTERN FISHERIES ASSOCIATION INC.
Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA) was founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1952. The umbrella organization represents all segments of the United States seafood industry on local, state, regional and national issues. Members include harvesters, dealers, processors and distributors...
STATES RIGHTS RED SNAPPER PLAN IS ANTI-CONSERVATION AND ANTI-CONSERVATIVE
Representative Garret Graves’s H.R. 3094, the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act, is an egregious piece of legislation that flies in the faces of sound leadership and the Republican tenets of what is good for the individual is for the good of the nation....
SPOTLIGHT ON TEXAS SEA GRANT SPECIALIST GARY GRAHAM
Gary Graham, Texas Sea Grant’s Marine Fisheries Specialist, has worked with the shrimp fishery for 45 years. Much of his current work focuses on efforts to reduce bycatch...
MARINE POPULATIONS UNCHANGED FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS
Figures released by the WWF show that marine populations have remained almost unchanged for almost 30 years. Despite years of bad news stories about the impending ‘death’ of the world’s oceans, the figures produced by the Zoological Society of London on behalf of the WWF...
HOW THE GULF CONSERVATION ASSOCIATIONS' WEALTHY BACKERS HAVE STEERED REC FISHING INTERESTS
“The CCA has nothing to do with conservation unless you consider sport fishermen having all of a certain species allocated to themselves as conservation.” Those are the words of author Robert Fritchey, who wrote Wetland Riders, the definitive book on the history of the Coastal Conservation Association.
The CCA traces its roots to Texas in 1977 and was originally founded by mostly wealthy anglers in Houston."
Sustainable seafood is a hot topic these days. “Sustainability” is based on a simple principle—meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In terms of seafood, this means catching or farming seafood responsibly, with consideration for the long-term health of the environment and the livelihoods of the people that depend upon the environment...