Dear Trade Associates,
The NEW YORK FISHING TACKLE TRADE ASSOCIATION INC. (NYFTTA) was 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.
NYFTTA has not been idle during it’s relatively short span of existence. One of our members, Melissa Dearborn, NYFTTA’s Former Vice President (631) 385-8284, now sits on the New York Marine Resources Advisory Council. We have been represented by Melissa on various advisory councils to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council regarding our local fish species. We have made appearances and expressed our concerns at public hearings held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. We have also voiced our concerns regarding the possible closure of the Snapper Bluefish fishery and the current summer flounder (Fluke) regulations, essential parts of our industry.
This is not a “pat ourselves on the back” organization; we must continue to protect the interests of the New York Fishing Tackle Trade — our very survival depends on it. I’m sure your business is and will continue to be directly impacted by any newly implemented fisheries legislation. Having a voice and “exercising our collective vocal cords” is crucial and long overdue.
We are young enough to allow every member to express an opinion and take a direct part in setting future goals and agendas. We are strong enough to send a clear message to everyone that there are viable businesses existing in the recreational fishing trade that contribute greatly to the economy of New York State and that we intend to take an active role in shaping the decisions that affect us.
By aligning your business or association with NYFTTA we can demonstrate to fisheries managers the diversity of businesses and recreational organizations geared toward the recreational sportfisherman that depend on healthy fisheries. Together we will make a profound economic impact.