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PCFFA is a proud member of the
World Forum of Fish Harvesters and
Fishworkers (WFF) and SALMONAID
What is PCFFA?
The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA) is by
far the largest and most active trade association of commercial fishermen on
the west coast. For nearly the last 30 years, we have been leading the industry
in assuring the rights of individual fishermen and fighting for the long-term
survival of commercial fishing as a productive livelihood and way of life.
As its lengthy name makes clear, PCFFA is an "umbrella" group made up
of diverse associations all along the west coast. PCFFA is, in fact, a
federation of many different port and fishermen's marketing associations with
members spanning the US west coast from San Diego to Alaska. It is funded
principally through assessments on catches, collected at the local port level;
those monies go to support local association activities and a portion is
transmitted to PCFFA to fund activities affecting all of its member groups. It
is a "bottom-up" organization, rather than "top-down"; it begins with the
individual fishing man or woman belonging to their local association.
More than any other fishery organization on the US west coast, PCFFA
has come to embody the working family fisherman -- the working men and women
operating their vessels to bring to America's -- and the world's -- table the
ocean's bounty of fresh wild salmon, dungeness and rock crab, squid, herring,
swordfish, shark, blackcod, rockfish, albacore, sea cucumber, California
halibut and flounder, urchin and abalone. We are the small and medium sized
family businesses, conducted from vessels fishing distant grounds to small,
trailerable boats working nearshore waters. We are professionals who derive our
incomes largely from harvesting the sea. Large or small vessel operator,
full-time or part-time, we all share a common passion for this way of life, a
dedication to its future, and a committment to a sustainable resource.
What PCFFA provides the individual fisherman is a vehicle to protect
themselves and their industry, to assure the sustainable protection of the
fragile resources we all depend upon, and a vehicle for empowerment. PCFFA
provides fishermen a means to challenge and counter the dictates of big
business or big government. PCFFA provides fishermen with a voice in their
affairs, a say about their future.
Its Your Future! Get Involved!
Whether it's fighting for fishing interests in the halls of Congress,
implementing new Coast Guard safety regulations, promoting high quality
seafood, implementating the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to double
salmon populations, protecting river flows, suing the government over
salmon-killing dam operations in the Columbia River, or stopping the discharge
of pollutants into our rivers and estuaries --- PCFFA will be there as long as
individual fishermen and others concerned for the long-term health of the
fisheries are there to support it.
If you are a commercial fishermen, PCFFA is about you. It empowers
you, but only with your support. Its your future. Get active, get involved and
join us in that effort. See the information below to find out how you can
help protect your fishery!
PCFFA's Habitat Protection Program
"The increasing loss of fish habitat, to pollution, unwise
development and other human activities, is the single largest long-term threat
to the future viability of the marine fisheries of the United States ...
Protection of habitat is the cheapest investment the nation can make to sustain
---- From Hinman, K. and C. Safina (1992). Summary and
recommendation. In: R.H. Stroud (ed), "Stemming the Tide of Coastal Fish
Habitat Loss." Marine Recreational Fisheries Symposium 14:245-249.
National Coalition for Marine Conservation, Savannah,
PCFFA is involved and fighting for fishermen everywhere on a wide
variety of regional and national habitat protection issues. More than 75% of
this nation's entire $152 billion/year fishing industry depends upon the health
of this nation's inshore or nearshore environment. These are the nursery
grounds for the vast majority of all the species of fish and shellfish caught
in US waters. Without clean water, healthy watersheds, biologically productive
estuaries and wetlands, and unpolluted oceans, most of this nation's fishing
jobs would utterly disappear!
As it is, habitat losses to date already cost our industry an estimated
$27 billion/year -- enough to support 450,000 family wage jobs. The west coast
salmon fishing industry (including both commercial and recreational components)
has already lost an estimated 72,000 salmon-produced family wage jobs over the
last 20 years. These losses are directly related to widespread inland habitat
destruction and mismanagement of federal hydropower and irrigation dams.
According to the American Fisheries Society, more than 106 major salmon runs
in northern California and the Pacific Northwest are already extinct and
another 214 are at risk of extinction in the near future. Current estimates
are that unless northern California and Northwest land use practices change
substantially, that eventually Pacific salmon will all but disappear from the
lower 48 states -- just like Atlantic salmon have already disappeared from the
Commercial fishermen therefore must fight to protect wetlands,
estuaries, old-growth salmon-producing forests and healthy river ecosystems.
We must fight for abundant clean water and pristine oceans. As
commercial fishermen, we must always fight for our right to exist.
If we do not, our industry will be gradually strangled to death and snuffed
out, for if we do not speak for the fish -- who will?
As the largest representative of west coast commercial fishermen, PCFFA
has never been shy about taking on these problems. We led the charge to put a
stop to west coast oil drilling in prime fishing grounds. We were key players
in passing major water reform legislation for the Central Valley Project (the
"Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992"). PCFFA played a key role in
improving private land forestry and grazing practices in both California and
Oregon, and on all west coast federal lands, to protect key salmon runs. We are
fighting in Congress almost daily for better fisheries habitat protections all
across this nation and in every coastal state.
PCFFA's habitat protection program is now expanding and being carried
on by its sister organization, the Institute for Fisheries Resources. Please
jump to IFR's Home Page for more information on our efforts on behalf of the
men and women of the commercial fishing fleet to protect fish habitat
throughout the country. You can go directly to the Institute's Home Page by
Go Directly to the Institute
for Fisheries Resources Home Page
This page is always under
construction and soon going through a major update. Last update was done
7/22/13. For comments on this page or to correct any broken links please
contact Glen Spain at email@example.com.
Don't forget to check out PCFFA's sister organization, the
Institute for Fisheries Resources Home
Page, for updates on our joint habitat and sustainable fisheries protection