Organizations & Clubs - Links for Saltwater Fishing Clubs, Associations, Foundations, Organizations & Societies


    Fishing Clubs:

    Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen Club – An organized charity that promotes both natural resource and fishing education along with drug and alcohol abuse awareness, the Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen are involved in six youth fishing / education events yearly – Absecon, NJ

    Asbury Park Fishing Club – The oldest striped bass fishing club in the United States.   Meets 7:30 PM the first Monday of the month at the VFW Building, Lake Ave – Asbury Park, NJ

    Atlantic Saltwater Fly Rodders – Founded with a dedication toward camaraderie and sharing the amazing new materials, techniques, and tackle available to our sport today.   Meetings are held at the Tri-Boro First Aid Building on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM and are open to all – Seaside Park, NJ

    Atlantis Anglers Association – A Long Island, NY based fishing club that has been in existence over 30 years.   Whether you own a boat or fish from the surf, pier, or party boats, this may be the fishing club for you.   Activities include fishing competitions, guest speakers, club charters, rig tying workshops, tackle auctions and more.   Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Baldwin Park Community Room, Baldwin, NY.

    Avalon Tuna Club – Founded in 1898, the Avalon Tuna Club is the oldest fishing club in the world.   The club's building in Avalon Harbor is a national landmark and IGFA fishing rules were adopted from the rules of this club.   There is a tremendous amount of antique tackle on display and pictures that go back to the turn of the century.  Once a year, the Club has an antique tackle marlin tournament.   In order to fish, your tackle has to be pre-1940 – Catalina Island, CA

    Babylon Tuna Club – The largest and most active fishing club on Long Island since 1929 – Babylon, NY

    Bay Shore Tuna Club – Club activities include member contests, inter-club contests, tournament participation, clam bakes, picnics and parties – Bay Shore, Long Island, NY

    Bayside Anglers Group LTD – Established in 1995, we are a nonprofit organization/fishing club.   Our goal is to promote safe, effective, and environmentally sound recreational fishing practices.   We share our knowledge to become better fisherman and offer our expertise to the public through various community outreach events.   We also enjoy the friendly competition of tournament fishing.   We not only compete within the club; we also compete against other clubs as well – Flushing, NY

    Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club – For more than forty years, the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club has lived up to its name.   Every summer, its members head offshore to troll the endless waves for the thrill of a strike.   Carrying on a sportfishing tradition, the Club honors that special relationship that great fish have with those who seek them – Long Beach Island, NJ

    Berkeley Striper Club – Established in 1966, the Berkeley Striper Club is one of the largest and most active surf-fishing clubs in New Jersey.   We have 180 members, some of whom are among the best fishermen in New Jersey.   Our members have one common thread... the fanatic pursuit of Striped Bass – Seaside Park, NJ

    Cape Hatteras Anglers Club – Formed in 1957 for the sole purpose of stimulating tourism during the fall season, the founders of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club sought to achieve this goal by hosting a surf fishing tournament.   The tournament was such a success that it has been held every year.   Along with promoting and supporting the conservation and preservation of fish and all types of marine life and wildlife, the Club serves as a "Watch Dog" organization over all individuals and agencies that would close or limit access to our beaches – Buxton, NC

    ChicksWhoFish.com – Dara Stotesbury's personal web site about women who enjoy fishing as much as the men do.   The site contains a ladies chat room, links page, fishing seminars, all-girl fishing trips and plenty of pictures of the ladies with their fish – Costa Mesa, CA

    Coastal Flyrodders – We are a saltwater fly fishing club whose primary goal is to have fun and learn as much as possible from one another about great East Coast saltwater fly fishing and anywhere else that affords fly fishing for big fish – Wyckoff, NJ

    Davis Island Fishing Foundation – The purpose, objectives, and efforts of the DIFF Club are to benefit Cape Lookout National Seashore, its visitors, and the club membership – Mooresville, NC

    Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen – The DMS Club is more than just a fishing club.   It is an organization interested in the preservation of our beaches, our way of life and our marine resources.   Our goal is to preserve the beaches and marine life for the coming generations, so that our children may enjoy what we enjoy.   We want everyone to have the privilege to access our beaches for recreational fishing without unfair restrictions.   We believe this is our heritage, and we intend to defend it – Dagsboro, DE

    Eastern Flyrodders – The primary goal of the club is to promote both salt and fresh water fly fishing, and to acquire knowledge and understanding of the sport and the fisheries of Long Island.   The club strives to promote conservation, respect and caring for our marine environment.   We work to create an information network for all fly fishermen, from beginner to advanced, exchange ideas, techniques and skills of the sport.   And we are committed to passing on the skills and traditions of the sport to the next generation of fly fishers – Port Jefferson Station, NY

    Farragut Striper Club – The Farragut Striper Club evolved from the Farragut Rod and Gun Club, an organization founded in 1948.   The Rod and Gun Club roster boasted 125 active hunters and fishermen during the its hey day.   The Farragut Inn on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn (from which the club got its name) served as the original meeting place.   Today, the club's focus remains on surf fishing the northeast for striped bass, bluefish and weakfish – Massapequa, NY

    Fish Hawks Fishing Club – Formed in 1977 and granted a charter as a nonprofit organization by the State of New Jersey.  The Fish Hawks is now one of the largest and most active fishing clubs in New Jersey – Forked River, NJ

    Forked River Tuna Club – A private, not-for-profit organization formed to foster and promote skill in the sport of yachting, boating, hunting and fishing – Forked River, NJ

    Freeport Hudson Anglers Fishing Club – Formed in 1966 as the "Hudson Point Fishing Club", the goals of the club are to  interest and encourage members in all kinds of sportfishing; to support all movements and legislation intended to assist in the propagation of saltwater fish; to use all legislative methods to protect the interest of rod and reel fisherman; to encourage good fellowship and sportsmanship; and to aid in the formulation and establishment of sound policies and practices designed to conserve, restore, protect and safely regulate our fisheries resources – Freeport, NY

    Freeport Tuna Club – For over 60 years, the Freeport Tuna Club has been one of Long Island's premier fishing clubs.   Some of the best local fishermen and fisherwomen are among our 200-plus membership body.   We fish hard and enjoy each other's camaraderie throughout all twelve months of the year – Freeport, NY

    Green Harbor Tuna Club – The oldest Tuna Club on the Massachusetts South Shore was founded in 1970 in Marshfield to promote recreational fishing for Bluefin Tuna.   The Club has expanded their activities to include a multi-specie season long Tournament, as well as Cod, Bluefish, and two Bluefin Tournaments – Pembroke, MA

    Hartford Surf Fishing Club – Since 1952, the Hartford Surf Fishing Club has endeavored to promote and preserve the fine tradition of salt and fresh water angling on Connecticut's shoreline and tidal estuaries such as the Connecticut, Thames, and Housatonic River systems – Tolland, CT

    Hempstead Harbor Anglers Club – A recreational fishing club based in New York.   The members of this saltwater club fish the waters of western Long Island Sound.   Activities include tournaments, guest speakers, seminars, and group fishing trips – Glenwood Landing, NY

    High Hill Striper Club – Founded in 1952 in order to bring together individuals who have a passion for fishing.   Over the years, the Club has evolved into a strictly competitive surf fishing club, whose members compete amongst themselves and with other surf fishing clubs in the New York Surf Fishing Contest.   The Clubs' guiding principles are Fishing, Fun, Friendship and Fish Conservation – Smithtown, NY

    Hi-Mar Striper Club – The premiere Striped Bass club in New Jersey.   Most of our members focus their fishing on Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook area.   The club is made of the areas best charter captains, family recreational fisherman, and individuals who want to make a difference in preserving our precious fishery for generations to come.  Throughout its almost forty years of existence, various Hi-Mar members were the innovators of several effective bass catching techniques with plugs and spoons.   Members of the club are also pioneers in developing such effective techniques as worming for bass, chunking Flynn's Knoll, light tackle angling for bass and nighttime plug trolling in the Sandy Hook rips – Sandy Hook, NJ

    Huntington Angler's Club – We promote and stimulate fishing under conditions most favorable to the enjoyment of the sport by all.   We promote fishing as a means of recreation and good sportsmanship in our community and share with all, the common knowledge of where, when, how and with what to catch fish – Huntington Station, NY

    Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Club – The JCSA started when a group of avid fisherman got together and started fishing for sharks, this was back in 1977.   Shark fishing became very popular among the recreational fisherman on the Jersey shore and our group of anglers decided to form a club in 1978.   We were among the first on the Jersey shore to have organized Shark tournaments and with the box office smash of Jaws, shark fishing was here to stay – Riviera Beach, NJ

    Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club – For the past 75 years members of the Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club have had a remarkable and profound influence on the world of big-game and inshore fishing.   The MRMTC offers plenty of inshore and offshore tournaments and derbies, and they are active in fishing legislation – Brielle, NJ

    Marblehead Surfcasters – Promoting and encouraging the sport of fishing from surf and boat since 1987.   Club meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, with the exception of July and August (too many fish in the area at that time.) – Marblehead, MA

    Merrick Rod and Gun Club – Founded in 1939 on the South Shore of Long Island, the MRG is a social fraternity for fisherman, hunters, or just outdoor sportsmen in general.   As for the fishing aspect of the MRG, we charter boats from Freeport to Mattituck to Orient Point and of course Montauk.   Targeting all species of fish that call Long Island waters home – Seaford, NY

    Mid-Island Surfcasters – The goal of our Club is, as it has been since its inception in 1984, to equally welcome both men and women who have a passion for fishing.   Another asset of our Club is the inclusion of family members, both spouses and children.   Conservation is a strong ethic of our club, with each member making conscious efforts to save and preserve our beaches and waterways for every man, woman, and child.   Along with fishing, there are picnics, parties, and an annual trip to Cape Cod – Bronx, NY

    Narraganset Salt Water Fishing Club – Chartered in 1936, the NSWFC is one of the oldest fishing clubs in Rhode Island.   While still a surf fishing club with some of the finest surf casters in the Northeast, they also have some of the area's best boat and fly fishermen among its members – South Kingston, RI

    Narragansett Surfcasters – The club's mission is to enjoy, encourage and support the preservation and maintenance of fishing areas within the town of Narragansett and its vicinity;   promote and maintain good sportsmanship among fishermen;   provide children with a safe, positive learning environment and experiences;   and support research and conservation efforts for striped bass and other game fish in Rhode Island – Narragansett, RI

    Ocean City Marlin & Tuna Club – Established in 1959, the OCMTC practices camaraderie with a common interest in fishing.   The OCMTC sponsors over a dozen tournaments each year and supports marine conservation efforts – Ocean City, NJ

    Patchogue Fishing Club – A long Island surf and boat fishing club.   Fishing forums, Tournaments, etc – Patchogue, NY

    Paumonak Surfcasters – Activities include meetings, outings, family beach barbecues and monthly club fishing contests.   The call to the surf is not for every angler, but for those who answer, the rewards are many – Babylon, NY

    Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club – Our goal is to stimulate and encourage the sport of big game fishing in northwest Florida coastal waters near and offshore of Pensacola, Florida.   Our members  encourage and promote the conservation and study of game fishes and  they assist scientific foundations in the collection and dissemination of available data and information.   We encourage and promote the sport of big game fishing as a recreation and as source of scientific data that is critical to the survival of all game species – Pensacola, FL

    Plum Island Surfcasters – Founded in 1957, a growing club of more than 250 recreational striped bass fishermen, who are involved in surf, boat and fly fishing.   Other club interests include beach access, conservation, fishery management planning, and offering young people the experience of salt water fishing with an adult mentor.   Activities include year-round monthly meetings, group fishing trips, kid's outings, tournaments, newsletter, beach clean-up, dinners and picnics – Newburyport, MA

    Raritan Bay Anglers Club – A non-profit organization for fishing enthusiasts in the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay areas.   Club activities such as our Annual Charity Fluke Tournament support local charities plus organizations that protect our marine environment.   The club also sponsors the "Perth Amboy Annual Children's Fishing Derby" – Perth Amboy, NJ

    Rhode Island Mobile Sportfishermen Club – Founded in 1958 by a group of fishermen that frequented East Beach and the Charlestown, RI areas.   As a family oriented club, RIMS was organized with a mission dedicated to the preservation and conservation of our coastal resources, as well as maintaining public beach access.   Today, RIMS continues its stance on public beach access, preservation and conservation, and the protection of our fisheries – Westerly, RI

    Rockaway Surf Anglers – Founded in 1993, RSA is primarily a surf fishing club whose only member requirement is to have a love for fishing, laughter and good will.   Club members fish mainly Rockaway, Riis Park, Fort Tilden, Breezy Point and Jamaica Bay, but cover all areas from Staten Island to Montauk – Rockaway, NY

    Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County – Founded in 1937, the SWAB fishing club is concerned with conserving fish, protecting the nation's resources and enhancing fishing opportunities for local anglers.   There are regularly scheduled monthly meetings, a highly informative monthly bulletin, quality guest speakers who talk about fishing techniques, and plenty of exciting fishing trips planned throughout the year.   Prospective members are encouraged to visit a club meeting – Rochelle Park, NJ

    Salty Flyrodders of New York – The sole remaining chapter of the original Salty Flyrodders of America.   Activities range from fly tying sessions to well known guest speakers from the salt water fly fishing community – New York, NY

    San Diego Anglers Fishing Club – A Family Oriented Club Dedicated to Anglers of All Ages – San Diego, CA

    Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Club – These folks sponsor a very nice two-day Fluke fishing tournament in Raritan Bay every year.   Club meetings are held on the second Friday of every month at 8:00 PM at the Senior Citizens Building, Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

    Shark River Surf Anglers – SRSA is a saltwater fishing club dedicated to the pursuit of striped bass and good times!   A fully insured, not-for-profit organization, we have enjoyed tremendous success the past few years and have emerged as one of the premier fishing clubs along the Jersey Coast.   Although our primary focus is always on fishing, the club has a lot more to offer and we hold a variety of great activities throughout the year – Belmar, NJ

    Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club – Started in 1955, the club objectives are the promotion of sportsmanship, the art of competitive angling and the welfare of fishing in general.   We also are fighting for the improvement of the Shinnecock Inlet, the preservation of our local waters, supporting local charities, representing sports fishermen at hearings, and education through public seminars – Quogue, NY

    South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers – Our club was formed in 2003 with the hopes of bringing together and educating saltwater fly anglers who call southern New Jersey their home waters – Ocean City, NJ

    South Jersey Fly Fishers Club – SJFF is a fly fishing club that was organized in Salem County in the fall of 1990 to serve saltwater and freshwater fly fishers in South Jersey and nearby states – Deepwater, NJ

    South Jersey Saltwater Anglers Club – The Club's mission is to get fisherman with boats together with fisherman without boats.   Club members get together to fish and share expenses.   A great way to meet other people who want to do the same types of fishing that you do – Mount Holly, NJ

    South Shore Marlin & Tuna Club – Center Moriches, NY

    Spring Lake Live Liners Fishing Club – We have been active in local surf fishing activities for over 20 years.   Our name is derived from the fact that many of the biggest trophy bass that we have caught over the years were by "live lining" baitfish, notably herring.  Despite the club’s name the members fish using a variety of techniques including a very active core group of fly rodders – Spring Lake Heights, NJ

    Stripercoast Surfcasters Club – A non-profit surfcasting club catering to the more experienced and hardcore surfcasters along the east coast.   The club practices catch and release fishing, supports conservation measures to protect Striped Bass, and pursues legislation that protects and expands shoreline access – New Bedford, MA

    Striper Surf Club, Inc – Organized in 1948, is one of the oldest organized surf-fishing clubs in New York – East Meadow, NY

    Village Harbour Fishing Club – Started in 1989 as a non-profit organization to bring together those anglers wishing to further their knowledge of sportfishing in our area of the New Jersey shore.   Throughout the year, the Club sponsors fishing tournaments and events designed to foster these ideals – Manahawkin, NJ

    White Water Anglers Club – Dedicated to promoting the sport of fishing.   The club meets the first Tuesday of every month, topics at the meeting run from what tackle works best for different fish to tactics and locations.   The club also sponsors monthly derbies and weekend tournaments from May to November for both inshore and offshore species.   New members are welcome – Oakdale, NY

    Women's Surf Fishing Club of New Jersey (WSFC) – If you are a surf fishing woman and are interested in joining a club, this couldn’t be a better time.   The WSFC has elected officers.   We have an annual awards banquet, Christmas luncheon, and usually 3-4 meetings per year.   The WSFC is affiliated with ASAC and participates in 13 to 16 sanctioned tournaments annually.   We also have our own tournament in Sea Isle City every fall – Manahawkin, NJ


    Associations:

    American Sportfishing Association – Voice of the sportfishing industry.   For millions of Americans, fishing is the reward at the end of a hard day.   Our job is spent making that possible.   The ASA is the leading recreational fishing trade association, uniting more than 600 members of the sportfishing and boating industries, state fish and wildlife agencies, federal land and water management agencies, conservation organizations, angler advocacy groups, and outdoor journalists – Alexandria, VA

    American Striper Association (ASA) – The ASA is a strong member based organization that has become the nation's "Premier Striper Tournament Series".   The ASA conducts tournaments from Massachusetts to North Carolina.   Striper enthusiasts can choose to fish local tournaments or compete in any of the three divisions available in the ASA.   In addition to Local and Divisional Awards for ASA participants, yearly prizes are also awarded to the Top Jr. and Female Angler.   The prestigious Angler of the Year Award will be presented to the ASA Boat Captain that exhibits the skills needed to earn the bragging rights as the Nation's Best Striped Bass Fisherman – Washington, NC

    Assateague Mobile Sportfishermen Association (AMSA) – Berlin, MD

    Association of Surf Angling Clubs – Founded in 1915 by a dedicated group of surf anglers who were primarily interested in perfecting and improving the art of surfcasting, the ASAC has played a major leadership role in the conservation field, especially in the state of New Jersey where the majority of its member clubs are located.  The ASAC approves and acts as a clearing house for many fishing and casting tournaments each year for over forty member fishing clubs – Cape May Court House, NJ
    BEACH HAVEN CHARTER FISHING ASSOCIATION
    Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association – The Elite Fleet!   Our Member Charter Boats offer all types of fishing from fly or spin fishing trips in the bay, inshore trolling trips and bottom fishing, to offshore expeditions.   Our boats sail from Beach Haven, Long Beach Island and the surrounding New Jersey mainland.   Member Charter Boats of the Elite Fleet range from 18 to 60 feet with exactly the accommodations that you need.

    California Striped Bass Association – Modesto, CA
    CAPE MAY COUNTY PARTY & CHARTER BOAT ASSOCIATION
    Cape May County Party & Charter Boa Association – An organization of  local party and charter fishing boats located at the Southern New Jersey shore, from Ocean City, NJ to Cape May, NJ.   Our members are located in Avalon, Cape May, Ocean City, Sea Isle City and The Wildwoods.   Association boats include…

    CAPTREE BOATMEN'S ASSOCIATION

    Captree Boatmen's Association – The Captree Fleet is the largest fishing fleet on Long Island.   Members include Open Boats, Charter Boats, Sightseeing Boats and Dive Boats located at Captree State Park Boat Basin, Babylon, NY.   The Captree Fleet includes…
    Chincoteague Island Charterboat Association

    CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND CHARTERBOAT ASSOCIATION – Experience the wonderful waters of Chincoteague Island, VA… Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, scenic cruises, sailing and waterfowl hunting.   Our Captains are fully licensed, belong to a random drug testing program and have many years of experience.   Our boats have been U S Coast Guard Inspected for safety.


    Coastal Conservation Association of New York – The New York state chapter is dedicated to the Conservation and Protection of New York’s Marine Resources – New York, NY
    CONNECTICUT CHARTER AND PARTY BOAT ASSOCIATION
    Connecticut Charter And Party Boat Association – Make a reservation on one of many boats to spend a special day off the shores of Southern New England on Long Island Sound or the Atlantic Ocean.   The Association has boats in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Clinton, Old Saybrook/Essex, Westbrook, Niantic/Waterford, Stamford, New London/Groton, Noank/Mystic and Stonington, CT.

    Fishermen's Conservation Association – A 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the "Conservation Triad": Access, Habitat, and Fisheries Management. Financial support of FCA will directly benefit the marine waters of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

    Gulf Coast Angler's Association – Fishing reports, articles, photos, Q&A with Pros, guide locator, links and more – Kemah, TX
    GREATER POINT PLEASANT CHARTER BOAT ASSOCIATION
    Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association – Formed in 1981, the GPPCBA's goals are to enhance the recreational fishing industry on the Manasquan River, aid in the improvement of our coastal fishery, and collectively voice our concerns on marine conservation and environmental issues.   The GPPCBA donates a portion of tournament revenues to organizations and toward building artificial reefs outside the Manasquan Inlet.   Their members also donate their expertise and vessel use, to introduce underprivileged kids and special interest groups to the experience and joys of fishing – Wall Township, NJ

    Hudson River Fisherman's Association of NJ – A group of recreational fishermen who make active use of the NY Bight and the surrounding water system and are concerned with the present and future state of these fisheries.  Our objectives are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat.  We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation – Ridgefield Park, NJ

    International Game Fish Association (IGFA) – The IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.   These are the folks that keep an attested and up-to-date chart of world record catches – Dania Beach, FL

    Jersey Coast Anglers Association – The JCAA is a non-profit association of more than 75 saltwater fishing clubs, with a combined membership exceeding 30,000, that represents the position of marine sport anglers, champions their causes and protects their rights in matters pertaining to fishing, fisheries, and environmental quality. In doing so, JCAA often works in concert with major environmental organizations and other influential associations of sports clubs – Toms River, NJ

    Long Island Beach Buggy Association Inc. – Founded in 1958 by a small group of people who were dedicated to beach access and conservation.  They had the foresight to protect and preserve our beautiful shores here on Long Island.  Through the next forty-four years, the LIBBA has continued to lead the way in conservation and beach access – Patchogue, NY

    Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association (MSSA) – The first organization to unite saltwater fishermen into a recognizable force to take an aggressive, active and positive approach to: Provide a recreational forum for our fishing members to improve their techniques, catches and overall enjoyment of fishing. To protect and preserve our bountiful resources through sound conservation and management of Maryland’s fisheries – Baltimore, MD

    Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association, Inc. – The MBBA was founded in 1950, when beach buggying first became popular shortly after the end of World War II.   It was organized by a group of far-seeing enthusiasts who realized that if the sport were to continue, self-generated controls would be necessary to avoid infringing upon the rights of others who use the beach – Sagamore Beach, MA

    Massachusetts Striped Bass Association – Founded in 1950 and remains the oldest salt water fishing club in the state of Massachusetts.   The MSBA is a non-profit organization, 500 plus members, dedicated to promoting recreational sportfishing, conservation, environmental awareness and good fellowship – Braintree, MA 

    Montauk Surfcasters Association – A non-profit association which was started in 1985 by a handful of surf fishermen who wanted to have a voice in preserving and protecting the privilege to surf fish at all our pristine beaches in the East Coast – Montauk, NY
    National Association of Charter Boat Operators
    NACO The National Association of Charter Boat Operators – NACO is a national association of charterboat owners and operators that was formed in 1991.   Representing thousands of individuals all across the United States, our membership includes marine charters who provide fishing, sailing, diving, eco-tours, and other excursion vessels who carry passengers for hire.   The Association provides a strong voice in Washington, DC – Hurley, MS

    National Marine Charter Association (NMCA) – The NMCA is an association for the entire spectrum of over 40,000 companies in the marine charter industry.  Marine charters who provide sailing, fishing, diving, ecotours, water transportation, bareboats, and other excursion vessels up to 150 passengers are represented in NMCA, a national non-profit organization fully representative of their interests – Alexandria, VA

    National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) – The unifying force behind the entire marine electronics industry, bringing together all aspects of the industry for the betterment of all in our business – Severna Park, MD

    National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) – The NMMA is dedicated to creating, promoting and protecting an environment where members can achieve financial success through excellence in manufacturing, in selling, and in servicing their customers.  NMMA members, more than 1,400 companies, produce every conceivable product used by recreational boaters.  An estimated 80 percent of marine products used in North America are produced by NMMA members – Chicago, IL

    New Jersey Beach Buggy Association – Since 1954 the NJBBA has fought to preserve beach access for all beach users.  The NJBBA not only builds protective fences and plants dune grasses to protect beaches, but we get involved with community leaders and other worthy organizations to keep beaches open for all types of uses.  From birding to fishing and horseback riding or just for folks who like to walk the beach, the NJBBA is here for you – Seaside Park , NJ

    New Jersey Chapter of the Hudson River Fisherman's Association – A group of recreational fishermen who make active use of the NY Bight and the surrounding water system and are concerned with the present and future state of these fisheries.  Our objectives are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat.  We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation – Ridgefield Park, NJ

    New York Fishing Tackle Trade Association (NYFTTA) – Founded several years ago and through the efforts of its members has earned the attention and respect of the legislators and advisory bodies now governing our recreational fisheries.  This organization was created to voice the concerns of the recreational fishing industry, to deal with problems common to our businesses and to promote the sport which supports our industry – Patchogue, NY

    North Carolina Beach Buggy Association – The NCBBA is a non-profit organization established in 1964, dedicated to the preservation of and vehicular access to the natural beach resources of the Outer Banks through conservation, a code of ethics for beach behavior and support of local, state, federal officials and other organizations dedicated to these same goals – Manteo, NC
    NORTH FORK CAPTAINS ASSOCIATION

    North Fork Captains Association – Our fleet of fishing boats, sailing from Southhold, Greenport, and Orient Point NY, offer some of the finest fishing on the East Coast.   Professionally qualified Coast Guard licensed Captains, with decades of experience, are committed to making your fishing experience exciting, enjoyable and fulfilling.
    Northeast Charterboat Captains Association

    Northeast Charterboat Captains Association – An organization of United States Coast Guard Licensed Captains serving the New England States.   Looking for a boat to charter?   Need boat handling instructions?   Want fly fishing lessons?   Here you will find the most comprehensive list of Licensed Captains serving New England waters – York, ME

    Ocean State Surf Casters Association (OSSCA) – Founded in 2004, OSSCA is a dedicated group of surf fishermen and women that share reports from their area so members can have up to date information on the best spots to fish.  They are dedicated to maximizing the fish catching success of shore fishermen and women in Rhode Island – Riverside, RI

    Outer Banks Preservation Association – The goal of the OBPA is to work with the National Park Service to develop a comprehensive Off Road Vehicle use and management plan that will meet the concerns of the environmentalists without compromising Hatteras Island's distinctive lifestyle and economic growth – Buxton, NC

    Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association – Life jacket, life vest, Personal Flotation Device (PFD)... whatever you call it, it only works if you wear it!  Information on choosing a lifejacket, children's lifejackets and caring for your lifejacket – Chicago, IL

    RHODE ISLAND PARTY & CHARTER BOAT ASSOCIATIONRhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association – Founded in 1962, the RIPCBA has a long tradition of taking adults, children, families and friends to where the fish are for fishing adventures that create a lifetime of memories.   We promote sport fishing, bottom fishing, cruising, sightseeing and diving in a safe, wholesome and environmentally conscientious manor.   Rhode Island is the place to experience the best and most vast variety of fish that this region of the county has to offer.   Striped bass, fluke, bluefish, tautog, tuna, black sea bass, cod, scup and many other species are targeted by association vessels at various times of the year.   Every RIPCBA captain holds a U.S. Coast Guard license and participates in a mandatory random drug program.   All State and Federal safety standards required of passenger carrying vessels are stressed by the organization with its over 65 qualified vessels that sail from a variety of Rhode Island ports.

    Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association – A non-profit organization, created to provide a forum for recreational saltwater anglers;  to provide education to members concerning fishing techniques, improved catches, and overall enjoyment of fishing;  to foster sportsmanship;  to support marine conservation and sound management of fisheries resources;  and provide a unified voice to preserve and protect the rights, traditions and the future of recreational fishing in Rhode Island – Coventry, RI

    Southern Kingfish Association – Founded in 1991, the SKA has grown into the premiere saltwater fishing organization in the country, and produces the world’s finest offshore tournament trail – St. Augustine, FL

    UPPER BAY CHARTER CAPTAINS ASSOCIATIONUpper Bay Charter Captains Association – Enjoy Chesapeake Bay Fishing, Cruising and Sightseeing and discover the beautiful surroundings of the upper Chesapeake Bay.   Our Chesapeake Bay Charter boats provide Sportfishing and Cruising throughout the Maryland Chesapeake Bay region.   Members hold both United States Coast Guard captain license and a Maryland Fishing Guide license.   Our primary focus is to offer world class Striped Bass fishing plus great opportunities for Black Drum, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Perch, Spanish Mackerel, Spot, Trout, and others.   Boats of all sizes are available also for cruising and sightseeing to many upper Chesapeake locations including Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Annapolis, Rock Hall, Kent Island, Deale and many other areas throughout the Bay region.

    VCBA-logoVirginia Charter Boat Association – The members of the Virginia Charter Boat Association (VCBA) are licensed by the U .S. Coast Guard and the Commonwealth of Virginia.   The captains must meet physical standards set by the Coast Guard, undergo random drug screenings, and their boats must comply with state, federal and Coast Guard safety regulations.   Our members also undergo first aid and CPR training.   If you charter with a VCBA member, you will be fishing or cruising with a professional who has your safety and satisfaction as a primary concern.   You can charter a VCBA boat for fishing or cruising in any of the state's five primary saltwater regions: Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, Peninsula, Norfolk/Virginia Beach and Eastern Shore.   If you love fishing…Virginia is the place to do it, and a VCBA captain knows how it's done!


    Foundations:

    Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation – Dedicated to fostering, advocating and participating in the preservation of historic Delaware River and Bay lighthouses and will demonstrate this commitment through the restoration and preservation of “Harbor of Refuge” Lighthouse – Lewes, DE

    Equipped To Survive Foundation – The Definitive Source for Independent Reviews & Information on Outdoors Gear and Survival Equipment and Techniques

    Future Fisherman Foundation – The Foundation brings the fishing experience to nearly one million new anglers each year.   It unites the sportfishing industry with a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups, and youth organizations.   The Foundation offers a variety of fishing and boating programs, equipment, and services to community groups and schools across the country.   Premier fishing education programs include Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs®, Physh Ed Grants Initiative, Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, and National 4-H Sportfishing – Alexandria, VA

    Perfect Storm Foundation –  Our mission is to provide educational and cultural opportunities to young people whose parents make their living in the commercial fishing industry and in working maritime communities.  While writing his international bestseller, The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger developed tremendous respect for the fishermen of Gloucester.  The hardships of the job, the skill and rugged commitment of those who make their living on the sea, inspired author Sebastian Junger to establish The Perfect Storm Foundation – Gloucester, MA

    Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation – A nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring this nation's aquatic natural resources – Alexandria, VA


    Organizations:

    American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) – From its inception in 1862, setting safety standards for the marine industry has been the core commitment of ABS. This is achieved through the establishment and application of technical standards, known as Rules, for the design, construction and operational maintenance of ships and other marine structures.  ABS is a not-for-profit corporation that has no capital stock and pays no dividends. All funds generated from fees for classification services are used solely for the performance of such services – Houston, TX

    Aquaculture Network Information Center (AquaNIC) – A gateway to the world's electronic aquaculture resources.  AquaNIC is coordinated by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and hosted by Purdue University and the University of Illinois through the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program.

    BoatUS.com – Boating, boating equipment, boat insurance, boat loans, marine towing

    Clean Ocean Action – Our goal is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York Coast. Clean Ocean Action will identify the sources of pollution and mount an attack on each source by using research, public education, and citizen action to convince our public officials to enact and enforce measures which will clean up and protect our oceans – Highlands, NJ

    FishingNJ.org – Funded by the Garden State Seafood Association and National Fisheries Institute, this site serves as a clearing house for information on New Jersey's fish and seafood industry.  Through it we will try to familiarize you with the commercial fishing industry, provide you with some useful information, introduce you to some other places on the web that we find interesting, and keep you up-to-date on issues – Trenton, NJ

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Fisheries and Aquaculture Department – Our mission is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world's fisheries and aquaculture.

    Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute – Founded in 1947, we provide information exchange services to governmental, non-governmental, academic and commercial users of marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean regions – Fort Pierce, FL

    Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution – Dedicated to exploring the world's oceans, integrating the science and technology of the sea with the needs of humankind.  Our staff includes over 250 includes scientists, engineers, mariners and support personnel.  We are involved in research and education in the marine sciences; biological, chemical, and environmental sciences; marine biomedical sciences; marine mammal conservation; aquaculture; and ocean engineering.  We have a wide variety of educational programs and products to raise public awareness of the marine environment – Fort Pierce, FL

    International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) – The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The first version was adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster.  The United States accepted the SOLAS treaty after the Morro Castle disaster in 1934 – International Maritime Organization (IMO), London, United Kingdom

    International Maritime Organization – The parent organization for many important international maritime safety treaties and conventions.  Contains information about the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs), the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and others – London, United Kingdom

    International Women Fly Fishers – The first and only international women's fly fishing organization.   Founded in 1996, the IWFF is a non-profit organization that has grown to over 300 women members, and a few very supportive men – Pleasant Hill, CA

    Keep America Fishing – Offers information on 'hot' spots where fishing access and resources are in jeopardy.   Their goal is to minimize the barriers to recreational fishing where the science supports it and thwart attempts to unduly prevent people from enjoying the sport.   Keep America fishing is managed and operated by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the sportfishing industry’s trade association – Alexandria, VA

    National Coalition for Marine Conservation – Based in Virginia, the NCMC is the USA's oldest public advocacy group dedicated exclusively to conserving ocean fish and their environment.   They work to prevent overfishing, reduce fish bycatch and protect marine habitat for fish such as swordfish, marlin, sharks, tuna, herring, striped bass and menhaden – Leesburg, VA

    National Teen Anglers – Not-for-profit fishing organization educating America's teens in fishing and boating skills – Fort Pierce, FL

    New Jersey Outdoor Alliance – A grassroots coalition of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen dedicated to environmental stewardship.   They champion the intrinsic value of natural resource conservation – including fishing, hunting and trapping, among opinion leaders and policy makers.   They support legislation, and those sponsoring legislation, that provides lasting ecological and social enrichment through sustainable use of the earth’s resources.   A NJ non-profit corporation – Belmar, NJ

    New York Sportfishing Federation – For over 21 years the Federation has represented the recreational fishing community and continues to be actively involved with the issues that face you, the recreational angler, in New York.  Established in 1981, the NYSF is a non-for-profit organization, with approximately 30,000 supporters and members.  Our continued dedication to preserving the marine habitat, maintaining the bio-diversity of our marine resources, through sound management practices, regulations, and laws and promoting sportfishing, educating youngsters on stewardship, and education through public awareness, are recognized by all – Oakdale, NY

    Recreational Fishing Alliance – Your voice on Capitol Hill.  The RFA is a national, grassroots political action organization representing individual sport fishermen and the sport fishing industry.  The RFA Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of U.S. saltwater fisheries.  Commercial fishermen and environmentalist are pushing their agenda on marine fisheries issues affecting you.  The RFA is in the trenches lobbying, educating decision makers and ensuring that our interests are being heard loud and clear too!  Support our freedom to fish – New Gretna, NJ

    Recreational Fishing Alliance, New Jersey State Chapter – The New Jersey chapter has the same mission as the parent RFA organization, but with a slant towards issues facing New Jersey anglers – New Gretna, NJ

    Reef Rescue – Represents a statewide community of fishermen, divers and sport organizations in the promotion, construction and preservation of New Jersey's Artificial Reef system – Port Republic, NJ

    Stripers Forever! – A not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the striped bass a gamefish – South Portland, ME

    United Anglers of Southern California – A not-for-profit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of the marine environment.   The UASC represents sport fishermen from all parts of California who would like to pass on the sport they love to future generations.   More than a fishing club, members have been working for almost two decades to protect fish stocks and valuable eco-systems.   The UASC has focused on a long-term goal of scientifically managing fisheries to maximize their value to the people of California – Irvine, CA

    United Mobile Sportfishermen – Your voice for beach access, conservation and mobile sportfishing on the East Coast.  The UMS represents 24 organizations with over 75 ,000 members.  Our mission is to join in formal organization, all associations that partake in mobile sportfishing in coastal, tidal or inland waters.  To work for the conservation and preservation in these waters.  To preserve and encourage the sport of saltwater fishing and sportfishing vehicle operations.  To insure for succeeding generations, the right of access to these waters.  To educate and promote better relations with the public, and to work with all local, state, and federal agencies and officials in advancing the above stated purposes.

    United States Power Squadrons® – Organized in 1914, USPS is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.  Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education.


    Societies:

    American Fisheries Society – The American Fisheries Society (AFS), founded in 1870, is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists.  AFS promotes scientific research and enlightened management of resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public.  It also encourages a comprehensive education for fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training.  The AFS publishes some of the world's leading fisheries research journals – Alpharetta, GA

    American Littoral Society – A national, not-for-profit, membership organization, dedicated to the environmental well being of coastal habitat.  Projects include a wide variety of education, research, and advocacy efforts.  The ALS offers field trips, scheduled activities and publications – Sandy Hook, Highlands, NJ

    American Littoral Society – Fish tagging with the American Littoral Society.   If you catch a fish with a yellow dorsal loop tag, the tag belongs to the American Littoral Society.   We need the tag returned along with the recapture information.   In return, you will receive the history of your fish (where it was tagged, how much it has grown), a jacket patch, information about our tagging program, and the knowledge that you have made a contribution to marine fisheries science – Sandy Hook, NJ

    American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists – The ASIH is dedicated to the scientific study of fishes, amphibians and reptiles.  The primary emphases of the Society are to increase knowledge about these organisms, to disseminate that knowledge through publications, conferences, symposia, and other means, and to encourage and support young scientists who will make future advances in these fields – Miami, FL

    American Society of Limnology and Oceanography – For more than 50 years, ASLO has been the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science – Waco, TX

    National Marine History Society – A non-profit organization dedicated to America's seafaring heritage.  Activities include promoting maritime history, educational projects and historic ship preservation – Peekskill, NY

    Titanic Historical Society – Formed in 1963, the THS was the first and is the largest global organization dedicated to preserving the history of RMS Titanic and the White Star Line. We invite all to visit the Titanic Museum, a unique collection of personal items donated by survivors and their families, historical documents and memorabilia from Titanic, Olympic, Britannic and White Star Line ships – Indian Orchard, MA