VSSA needs volunteers. We are powered by anglers donating their time and energy to make recreational saltwater fishing more enjoyable for anglers, family members, children, and hopefully for our children’s children. Please consider volunteering to help us out. We need the following:
1. Public Affairs Officer. We are seeking an individual who can write good articles and liaison with the press, newspapers, TV news, magazine and other online publications. If you have a knack for writing, please consider volunteering this position.
2. General admin work. Just plain old help out with general housekeeping tasks to keep the place running smooth.
3. Fund raising committee. We need a handful of volunteers to help out with fund raising activities.
4. Calendar. We need a dedicated calendar volunteer to ensure the VSSA calendar is totally up to date
5. Government Affairs. One of the standing committees, which will be permanent for the VSSA, will be the Government Affairs Advisory Committee. This standing committee is envisioned to the heart and soul of the VSSA to stay on top of all fishery management related issues. We are currently seeking volunteers for this standing committee. The chair and co-chairs’ responsibilities will be to stay abreast of all government actions that affect the species, attend meetings, brief the board, prepare position papers, present VSSA positions at meetings, solicit positions/polls from VSSA members, and keep all VSSA members abreast of all issues relating to the species. The way VSSA intends to function is this committee develops the draft position on the various species by soliciting input from VSSA members after gathers all available information on the species. The VSSA position on any given species will be that of the majority of its members ensuring no minority personal agendas are pushed through. These positions may call for increased bag limits, decreased bag limits, or status quo. These are not elected positions, but must be approved by the VSSA board. If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, please do so by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below. The board will consider all volunteers and let you know if you have been selected. If you don’t desire to volunteer, please forward this email to anyone you think might be a good fit for these positions.
Government Affairs Advisory Chair (current chair is Dr. Bob Allen)
We need co-chairs for the following
Co-Chair: Menhaden. Significantly reduce or eliminate industrial scale allocation. Support legislation to move management to VMRC. Address both at federal and state levels with emphasis on federal.
Co-Chair: Flounder. Ensure recreational anglers have fair access to flounder.
Co-Chair: Tile, Grouper and other deep drop species. Ensure reasonable limits for Virginia anglers.
Co-Chair: BSB. More winter access from Jan-Mar.
Co-Chair: Tog. Adjust spring season to account for cold winters. Support ASFMC plan to establish tog regions.
Co-Chair: Striped Bass. Summer season for schoolies. Reports are good in the mid-bay all they up to the VA/MD boarder especially in the rivers. MD gets summer access, why not VA?. Consider fall season date adjustments.
Co-Chair: Cobia. Prevent closures in Virginia waters. Support reduced cobia limits to prevent full closures.
Co-Chair: Croaker/spot. If there are to be limits put in place, ensure recreational anglers get adequate access. Help develop FMP with reasonable limits.
Co-Chair: Net Management. Require VMRC to management nets more effectively, recs and comms.
Co-Chair: Small Sharks. So many small sharks in the bay, consider limits for small sharks.