Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce our Striped Bass and
Bluefish Tournament Is Back .
will run from July 10th – 19th , 2014.
Registration is closed. However if you would like to join us for the bbq reception please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org there will be a 10.00 fee.
The Horseneck Point Life Saving Station and Visitor Center will be closed for the holiday weekend. It will re-open on the July 9th, 2014
2014 WFA MERIT
The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce
the recipients of the “Merit scholarship for 2014. Melinda Tripp and Andrew
Ronan have each been awarded a $650.00 scholarship for their academic and civil
Melinda is a graduate of the Westport High School class of
2014. She is the daughter of Scott and Amy Tripp of Westport MA. While Melinda excelled academically throughout
her high school years, she also applied
her time and talents volunteering in her community. While maintaining
her 4.1 GPA and graduating 10th in her class, she was student
council president, student liaison to the school committee and senior class
presidents this past year. In her
community she helped teach tennis summer camps, volunteered at the Schwartz
Center For Children and was president of S.T.E.E.L. (Students That Exemplify
Extraordinary Citizenship). Melinda will be attending Salve Regina University
to pursue an education in Elementary and Special Education. As an advocate for a
healthy Westport River, which she enjoyed throughout her youth, she looks forward
to sharing the importance of protecting the marine culture of the Westport River
with her future students.
Andrew Ronan is a graduate of the Bristol County Agricultural
High School. The Son of Elizabeth and David Ronan of Westport.
Andrew was an excellent student academically and an outstanding
volunteer in his community. Throughout his high school years, Andrew was a 4
year honor roll student, state rosette winner, two time academic award winner
and a vocational wrestling state champion. While he was an active member of his
high school volunteering as a youth cabinet member of faith congressional
district of MA and being a senior
advisor, he also volunteer at the boys and girls club. Andrew is planning on
attending Paul Smiths College in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. He will
major in Parks Recreation and Management along with Arboriculture and Business.
Andrew is excited to pursue his passion of working to preserve trees which he
believes, “like our river and the surrounding watershed areas are
interconnected and a critical resource”.
The WFA would like to extend their congratulations to these
2 deserving graduating High School Seniors and wish them much success in their
The Directors and Officers of the WFA would also like to
recognize and thank all of our generous members, sponsors and community friends
who contribute to our scholarship fund throughout the year .Your donations make
possible our efforts to offer scholarships for higher education.
The Historic Horseneck Point Life Saving Station & Visitor Center doors will be open for the 2014 season!
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12noon - 4:00pm
Plan to come by when someone can be there to greet you, share the story of this historic site and the mission of the Westport Fishermen's Association-Advocates for Healthy Marine Resources.
Because we are able to make our museum and visitor center available to you through the generosity of volunteers, hours may be subject to change on any given weekend please check website to make sure the doors will be open.
WFA Run For The Water Wrap Up
This year marked the 10th anniversary of our 8k (4.97 miles) Road Race & 5k Family Fun Walk / Run at the DCR Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport MA.
On Saturday May 10th, 2014 200 plus runners came out to
Run for the Water. As the damp fog lifted across the parking lot, the weather
held, and the sign in and same day registration lines were feverously busy as
we began to approach race time. The WFA board of directors, volunteers and
Coordinator were thrilled that Race Director Jonathan Paull, had recruited
the UMASS Dartmouth rugby team, whom he coaches, to help out with pre
race duties, especially to help get all of the day of registrants and
participants signed in so the race could start as scheduled at 10:00am, there
was little to no delay between our last registration and the start.
This year we had an increase in participation in the 5k family
fun walk/run categories and it was great to see families and community friends
who were not competing in the event come out in support of our efforts to help
make it a successful community event. All commented on what a great course and
beautiful scenery the state reservation offers to help make it the perfect
location for our
event. The Race went off without
a hitch, runners and walkers all made it across the finish line to enjoy a
delicious lunch and to take place in the post race award ceremony and raffle.
This year's winners of the cash prizes for the Top 3 overall
Male and Female runners were Daniel Croteau and Karen
Quinn for 1st place, James Hughes and Annie Arnzen for 2nd place and Fred
Borges and Amanda Donovan who took 3rd. In addition we awarded 36 prizes for 6
age group categories. For more details about the race results and to see photos of the event visit https://www.racemenu.com/events/36401-WFA-10th-Run-for-the-Water
The WFA would like to thank all of the participants for taking
part in this event and helping us to get over the 200 mark. The proceeds from
your registration fees helps to support our advocacy work for the protection
& preservation of the Westport River and the overall improvement of water
quality of our surrounding waters, marine education programs and help us to be
able to award scholarships for higher education.
As well we would like to thank all of our volunteers and this years race sponsors for
their generous contributions that make our Run For The Water a success on race
day. The 2014
Run For The Water Sponsors who helped to offset all of the expenses that occur in preparation for such an event were: BayCoast
Bank, Bradshaw Insurance, Lapointe Insurance Agency, Even Keel Realty, Westport
Chiropractic, Back Eddy, SSTAR, Emond Lobster Sales, Lafrance Hospitality
Alonso Medical, Cumberland Farms, Honeydew Donuts, Crystal Springs, Internal
Medicine & Cardiology Associates, Stop & Shop, CountryWoolens, Rod
Davis Landscaping, Graphix Plus, New England Promotions, Westport Police
Association. Many thanks to all of you!
2014 Annual Meeting and Oyster Stew Supper Wrap Up
Thanks to all who came out in support of our organization to
celebrate another great year and look forward to the work that lies ahead in 2014
and beyond. Delicious Oyster Stew and corn bread was served to our guest by the
WFA board of directors. And for desert fresh baked Apple Pie topped with
delicious Adamsville Cheddar Cheese, a New England classic.
We had a full house it was great to see so many of our members
and meet those who were new to our organization. The Annual Meeting portion of the evening began just
after supper around 7:30. Our discussion
included an overview of activities at the Historic Life Saving Station in the
upcoming year, the benefits for fish habitats in successful river restoration
projects, protecting cold water habitats, and our concerns and efforts in the
area of advocating to see nitrogen loading daily limits put into effect for the
overall health and ecosystem of the Westport river.
After reviewing the agenda with the attendees we voted in the
slate of officers. The officers for 2014 are Jack Reynolds-President, Brian
Pontolilo- Vice President, Tom Perkins – Treasurer and Laurie Marinone-
Secretary. Just after the ballot was
cast we proceeded to show a series of videos that related to the above topics
of conversation followed by an opportunity for questions.
It was a terrific
evening and very telling of how fortunate we are to live in a town where so
many value and advocate for the conservation of our natural resources and the
unique marine culture of Westport and its River system.
We are committed to come up with a solution that will improve on the
fish passage and overall health of the river at Forge Pond.
This past year we kicked off our annual meeting with guest speaker Douglas Watts, the author of the book "Alewives", who continues to work with us on our efforts and thoughts for improvement in the area of fish passage at the Forge Pond Dam location.
We are working to ensure the state is aware of the situation and that the Mass Fisheries and Wildlife will investigate the feasiblity and options for solutions to the ongoing problem of fish passage at the site whether it be a state of the art fish ladder or removing the dam in an effort of river restoration. We continue to check in with the status and priority of the project and will be working toward community engagement through education moving forward in 2014. Stay tuned
Moving forward the WFA will continue to be committed to co-
funding phase II of the study to catalog nitrogen sources impacting the
Westport River with the Community Preservation Committee.
The WFA supplemented the project with a $10,000 pledge. This Phase II study compliments the first part of the work
that was compiled by the Umass Dartmouth's SMAST and brings that part of the work to attend to the
nitrogen loading problem to a close.
The WFA will advocate that the Town will have to work out the
details for solutions. Also the WFA joined with the Coalition for
Buzzard's Bay in petitioning DEP to set the TAMDL's (total allowable maximum
daily limits) for tributaries entering the river. These benchmarks are
necessaryin order to know the extent of measures that will be needed to restore and keep
the river healthy.
This past year we finalized the long term lease agreement with the MA DCR
The lease agreement allows us to manage and keep open and available to the public the Historic LifeSaving Station and Visitor Center for the next 25 years.
The WFA hosted a terrific event with community friends and sponsors sharing in the celebration. DCR officials and our local town and state representatives recognized our efforts and outlined the benefits and importance to preserving the maritime history and community treasures such as the life saving station and visitor center for future generations to enjoy.