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.

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.

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.

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!