The history of the SBCBA goes back quite a few years when the National Marine Fisheries Service wanted to put stricter regulations on recreational ground fisherman. The organization was started by a group of charter boat captains in the beginning of the decade.
The recreational angler is our customer and we will continue to fight the proposals which have an adverse affect on our business and on the recreational angler.
Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Tavern Restaurant, behind Roche Brothers supermarket on route 139 in Marshfield. We have excellent speakers lined up each month from fishery managers to expert charter captains giving up their secrets.
The members of the association has done some great work over the years and some of the highlights include:
- Successfully led the fight to prevent the prohibition of recreational bottom fishing in a 55 square mile area on Stellwagen Bank
- Have members serving and representing recreational anglers on the New England Fisheries Management Council, Recreational Advisory Panel, Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel and the New England representative of the Recreational Fishing Alliance
- Attend hearings and meetings at both the state and federal level which affect recreational anglers supporting the interest of recreational anglers
- Continue to fight to oppose very low bag limits and seasonal closures which have adverse effects on recreational anglers
- Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association has developed a reputation with fisheries managers at all levels as a leader and is well respected as a voice for the charter boat industry and recreational angler
- Currently working with other groups to stop the proposed Canyons and Seamounts National Monument which potentially could take close thousands of square miles of fishing grounds on Cashes Ledge and the Northeast Canyons