Dear Fellow Commercial Fishermen,
Today, more than ever, fishermen throughout the industry need to be united in our efforts to protect our livelihoods. The threats to our way of life are numerous and far-reaching. Hurricanes, tropical storms and world wide economic instability all play a part in the future of our businesses. However, none of these issues gives as much cause for concern as ever increasing rules and regulations from state and federal regulators and fisheries managers. Members of our association serve on countless committees and federal advisory panels working hand in hand with county, state and federal agencies to bring balance and fair and impartial industry representation. We continue to do so at every level because appropriate representation is an important part of the cost of doing business in complex times and dealing with complex issues. In addition to fisheries management, FKCFA takes an active role in our community focusing our efforts on both short and long-term benefits for our members with scholarship programs, seafood festivals, grant funding for special projects, educational programs, environmental responsibility through trap design studies and trap cleanup programs. We also work diligently with law-enforcement to protect permit holders from poaching and other forms of thievery accounting for as much as 10% of the annual income of legal fisheries harvesters. Please give every consideration to renewing your membership or becoming a member of FKCFA. We also offer a "Crewman" category for professional fishermen. Anyone earning a living in the commercial fishing industry should be supporting our efforts to protesct their livelihoods. Please discuss this with your employees.
Together, we have a future, divided, we do not.
Capt. Ernie Piton, President Capt. Bill Kelly, Executive Director