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About the WFA

WFA Celebrates 30+ Years

The Westport Fishermen’s Association continues with the
same goals as when it was founded in 1983: to preserve, protect and improve the water quality and marine habitat of the Westport River, marshes, tributaries and all surrounding water.

ADVOCACY:
The Westport Fishermen’s Association is dedicated to advocating for a healthy Westport River system that supports high quality habitat for marine life. We advocate for projects that reduce pollution, preserve aquatic habitat, improve fish passage and more.

EDUCATION:
The WFA provides scholarships for up to four years for college bound students. We also provide funding to local schools for ongoing shellfish aquaculture programs.

AWARENESS:
The WFA is actively building awareness and encouraging action on the issues facing the Westport River, its tributaries and greater watershed.

Highlights of our 30 + years of work include:

  • Funding successful legal action to eliminate pollution into the Westport River coming from a cattle feed lot;
  • Restoring and maintaining the herring ditch into Cockeast Pond;
  • Working on dam removal to restore fish passage;
  • Supporting shellfish propagation;
  • Establishing a data bank on oyster propagation;
  • Providing college tuition scholarships for high school seniors and continuing education scholarships;
  • Providing guidance and support for local schools on marine environment and shellfish propagation;
  • Erecting a memorial for lost fishermen;
  • Preserving the maritime history of Westport and making it available to the public at our Historic Horseneck Point LifeSaving Station and Visitor Center and
  • More!

Give us your feedback! Email us with your comments on the issues facing the Westport River. We look forward to hearing from you!