The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association

Representing over 7,500 recreational anglers

Scholarship Information now available

About us

Supporting RI saltwater fishing

The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association is a nonprofit organization, created to provide a forum for recreational saltwater anglers; to provide education to members and the public concerning fishing techniques, improved catches, and overall enjoyment of fishing; to foster sportsmanship; to support marine conservation and sound management of fisheries resources; and provide a unified voice to preserve and protect the rights, traditions and the future of recreational fishing in Rhode Island.


Advocating for Recreational Anglers

Our Mission calls for strongly advocating for recreational anglers in Rhode Island.  Here are the latest position papers and letters about current issues affecting our community.

CMRC public comment letter

The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) has reviewed the Public Notice relative to CRMC File Number 2014-04-106. Although this application does not increase the size of the lease area,[…]

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Comment on offshore wind energy cables

To: Michelle Morin Chief, Environment Branch for Renewable Energy Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 45600 Woodland Road Sterling, VA 20166 Dear Ms. Morin: The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA)[…]

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Chase Marina RFI Response

The Chase Marina facility is located in what is commonly referred to as the Tiverton Basin close to the northern end of the Sakonnet River. The lower shores of the[…]

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RISAA Leadership

The association’s day-to-day operations are managed by our executive director, Capt. Greg Vespe. The board is led by Dawn Filliatreault Wood assisted by Capt. Richard Hittinger. Many additional voulenteers enable our organization to operate effectively – please visit the about us page for a full list.

 Greg Vespe

Executive Director

A ten year member or RISAA, Greg became the executive director of our organization during the fall of 2021.  Considered one of RI’s top anglers, Greg has presented seminars for RISAA and other local clubs as well as multiple presentations at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show.

Dawn Filliatreault Wood


Dawn has been a RISAA member for 14 years and is now serving her fourth year on the board and first year as the President. She serves as Chair of the Education Committee, Chair of the Membership/Welcome Committee and is a member of the Legislative, and New England Saltwater Fishing Show committees.

Capt. Richard Hittinger

1st Vice President

Rich is now in his 15th year as an officer. He is chairman of the RISAA Legislative and Artificial Reefs Committees. He also serves on the Political Action Committee and Youth Fishing Camp committee. Rich represents RISAA on several state fisheries and environmental groups.

Member Benefits – Fluke

Interested in Fluke fishing in Rhode Island?  Here are some of the great benefits we offer our members this year to help them take advantage of this fishery.


To get ready for the start of the season, we had a special seminar with Capt. BJ Harris an how to catch massive doormats.  This seminar was recorded is available for all members to view, review and take notes at any time. 

Discounted Charter Trips

This years special fluke trip will be held July 17th, on the 105 ft long Lady Frances of the Frances fleet out of Pt. Judith.  As part of our special offer for members, we offered this trip at a nearly 1/2 price discount with tip included, and the trip filled to capacity in only 5 days.

Special Touranaments

Team fluke is one of our most popular annual tournaments.  Teams of two members each are competing this July 1-10 for the best-four fish combined weight.  In addition, fame and glory is available for the top 3 biggest fluke caught in our season-long tournament.