Why our Red Snapper seasons are getting shorter

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 03:26 PM.

In spite of the EDF-backed push to stop recreational fishing as we know it today, RFA is working closely with Rep. Steve Southerland and others in Washington to stop this effort dead in its tracks.  RFA is really expanding on both coasts of Florida now, with Rick Hale pushing hard for members in his hometown of Jacksonville and all the way south, while representing the Gulf coast we have Capt Buddy Bradham in the Tampa area and the chairman of Florida West Coast RFA and myself chairing our Forgotten Coast efforts in the Port St. Joe-Mexico Beach area.

Nationally, the RFA is represented by Board-elect Nate Odum of Mexico Beach Marina, as well as Panama City resident and longtime RFA Board member Jamie Wilkinson (along with fellow Floridian Jack Holmes of the Southern Kingfish Association).  Together, we are working on gathering fresh ideas for fishermen to build a group large enough to have the loudest voice on Capitol Hill.  Much the same as the NRA is for the second amend, the RFA was founded as a political action organization designated a 501(c)(4) with a singular, unchanged mission to protect the rights of saltwater anglers and recreational fishing business owners, while also ensuring that there are plenty of fish!

We want our fishing seasons back – that’s why RFA Florida is asking fellow anglers in the state to join the RFA today, to help keep Rep. Steve Southerland in office, to beat back the environmental groups who are trying to take away our public resource, and to fight for our right to fish in America’s saltwaters!

Tom Adams is a charter boat captain operating out of Port St. Joe

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