Posted by Ken Jones
on Jun-1-08 1:13pm
The Recreational Fishing Alliance will host the "Randy Fry Awards" Dinner on Saturday June 14th at the Marin Rod and Gun Club in San Rafael. The doors open with a no-host bar at 4 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m and the festivities include an auction, raffle and speakers. Requested donation $45 for a BBQ Tri-Tip dinner, vegetable entrée, salad and cornbread with all the trimmings.
The Awards are named after the late RFA NorCal activist, Randall G. Fry, who blazed new paths in fishery advocacy for anglers and divers. The "Randy Fry Awards" are given each year to those volunteers who have given the most to further the RFA mission: "to safeguard the rights of salt water anglers, protect marine, boat, and tackle industry jobs, and insure the long-term sustainability of our nation’s marine fisheries."
This year's winners are Milo Vukovich of Rancho Cordova, Ken Jones of Lodi, and Bill Bernard of Stockton. Together, they have brought a new perspective to the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process. Milo Vukovich has been diving for abalone and spearfishing the north coast for many years, and has recently been named President of the Sonoma County Abalone Network (SCAN). Ken Jones, president of the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC), has been serving for the last year and a half as a member of the north coast regional stakeholder group for the MLPA initiative. Likewise, Bill Bernard is a member of the same regional stakeholder group, and a member of the Fish & Game Commission's Abalone Advisory Group. Bill has provided expert advice on the abalone fishery on the north coast. Bill won the abalone division at the RFA dive tournament at Ocean Cove last year.
John Beuttler, conservation director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and board member of the Northern California Chapter of the RFA, will be the keynote speaker. Beuttler and the CSPA have been instrumental in obtaining recent court decisions for the benefit of salmon, striped bass and other estuarine species threatened by California's heedless water diversion policies.
The fundraising event will fall on the day before Father's Day. We encourage all Dads to take advantage of your home pass and bring the whole family to the dinner. The focus is on having fun with our family and friends, honoring RFA's most active volunteers and raising money for the future of our fisheries.
California's RFA members' accomplishments include tightening loopholes in poaching laws, stopping crab trap theft, fighting for public access, challenging the federal government on "wave energy" boondoggles, working to open deep-water rockfishing, and lobbying to amend federal fisheries law for sustainable fisheries and maintaining a shore based angling and diving exemption from seasonal closures. The RFA provides consistent leadership and representation for saltwater anglers and divers in Sacramento and Washington, DC.
Tred Barta writes in this month's Sport Fishing Magazine, "I believe all conservation groups are good; I belong to virtually all of them. I believe our best hope, however, is the Recreational Fishing Alliance [...] if you want to get educated on the real facts of how the American public is getting screwed, and if you want to have your vote counted in Washington, DC, join the RFA." Our volunteers have made our presence known. It's time we honored their contributions at the 4th Annual RFA Awards Dinner. RSVP: 707-357-3422. Click here to learn more and register online: www.JoinRFA.org.
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RFA Randy Fry Dinner in San Rafael 6/14—
Ken Jones -
Congratulations on the award, Ken ... pierhead - Jun-1-08 1:48pm