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BWFA LogoThe primary mission of Blue Water Fishermen’s Association is to protect access to the highest sustainable level of swordfish, tunas, and other highly migratory species caught by the American commercial fleet and regulated by the United States (NOAA Fisheries/NMFS) and international forums such as the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

In pursuit of our mission, BWFA’s elected Board of Directors and its Executive Committee oversee operations and provide direction to our professional staff, which includes an Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, Legislative Consultant, Financial Administrator, and ad hoc legal counsel. BWFA’s staff participates in regular and special government meetings concerning domestic and international management regulations and maintains good working relationships with officials from all levels of government, including Congressional offices and fishery management agencies.

Since 1990, BWFA has offered our fishery the opportunity to be much better informed about potential threats to our fisheries and our way of life. BWFA members have the advantage of being "in the loop" and "in the know" concerning pertinent issues and being part of a unified professional organization dedicated to efforts to control our future.

 

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Fishery Members

Membership dues are $650 and are billed on a calendar year basis. New members joining mid-year may have their initial dues pro-rated as described below. Because BWFA engages in legislative lobbying, 15% of your membership dues are not tax deductible as a business expense.  Consult your tax advisor for more information.

To join BWFA, please click here to download the membership application.

Associate Members

Dues for Associate Members are $200 per year. Because BWFA engages in legislative lobbying, 15% of membership dues are not tax deductible as a business expense. Consult your tax advisor for more information.

BWFA's Associate Member application can be downloaded here.

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