“Serving the Commercial Fishing Families of North Carolina since 1952”
Phone: (252) 633-NCFA (6232)
Jerry Schill, President: [email protected] Cell: 252-361-3015  
Lauren Morris, Membership/Operations Manager:  
David Bush, Fisheries Biologist
ANNUAL MEETING: Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern. This is the meeting where the members elect the Board of Directors and help set the agenda for NCFA for the upcoming year.
The agenda will include the election of Board members and a discussion of some very important issues facing commercial fishermen in 2016.
10:00 – 2:00: Shrimp Bycatch Reduction Industry Work Group
2:00 – 3:00: Update from the Southern Shrimp Alliance on shrimp imports
3:00 – ???: NCFA Annual Meeting
Please watch for more details on the annual meeting, which will include the election of our Board and discussion on issues, including the latest on the southern flounder situation and the Marine Fisheries Commission’s role in the definition of a commercial fisherman.
Please note the following change for NCFA’s contact information:
Mailing address: Effective immediately, although we will keep the PO Box in Bayboro open until further notice.
2807 Neuse Blvd; Suite 11
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: (252) 633-NCFA (6232)
Fax: (252) 633-6233  Effective next week
More information about office hours will be shared later.

NOTE: Please read the following information carefully! Here is a program that allows fishermen to attend a program in Norfolk to learn more about the fishery management plan process PLUS it pays your expenses and a $125 per day stipend to help with lost wages while you attend!


The Marine Resource Education Program is created and run by fishermen, for fishermen to help leaders in fishing communities more effectively engage in the fishery management process.  MREP has seen 700 workshop graduates over the past 14 years.  Participation in the workshops is limited and includes a balanced representation of fisheries, gear types, and geographic regions. Applicants will be selected for their unique contribution to the group and based on their stated interests. Participants are expected to commit to attending all days of the workshop and will be awarded a certificate of completion for each session.

Workshop benefits include room and board as well as mileage reimbursement to and from your home port.  Active commercial and charter-for-hire fishermen may apply for an honorarium in the amount of $125/day daily stipend to account for lost wages.
For more information, go to:
Or call Patty Collins, Community Program Coordinator: (207) 228-1625, or [email protected]
2016 Schedule:
  • MREP Management 100 – February 23-25, 2016 – Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 235 E. Main St. Norfolk, VA
  • MREP Ecosystems 200 (NEW) – March 15-16, 2016 – Ocean Place Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ
  • MREP for Recreational Fisheries (NEW) – January 19-21, 2016 – Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court – 612 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD