The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association is a non-profit organization, created to provide a forum for recreational saltwater anglers; to provide education to members 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.
Established in 1997, the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association by-laws define our organization, and our membership subscribes to a code of ethics that guides our actions while fishing. As one of the largest saltwater fishing associations in the United States, our charter has now undergone nine revisions, and we remain confident that we will continue to evolve with our fisheries.
The organization is lead by a board of directors with six officers and six directors. We have a number of committees focused on specific initiatives or forms of fishing – the names of the groups and contact information is available below.
On April 19th, RISAA offered testimony to the RI Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture in support of two bills that aim to reform the structure of the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC).
The Board of Directors of Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) is concerned by a recent recommendation made by the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council regarding potential changes to state Menhaden regulations. During its April 3, 2023 meeting, the council voted to recommend a modification to Marine Fisheries regulations that would allow commercial fishing vessels to harvest 50,000 lbs of Menhaden per week in the Menhaden Management Area (MMA), regardless of whether the MMA is open based on biomass estimates.
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Scott joined RISAA as our executive director in June of 2023. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Salve Regina University with experience with the RI Division of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Education Program expanding recreational fishing opportunities. He is a fly tying Instructor, avid fly angler in both saltwater and freshwater, kayak angler, quoahogger, and wildlife conservationist.
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, New England Saltwater Fishing Show and Saltwater License Plate Committees. She has previously served on the Charter Trips Committee. She has volunteered many hours at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show and Take a Kid Fishing Day as well as a number of other RISAA events.
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.
2nd Vice President
Fred has been a RISAA member since 2020. He serves as Secretary of the Legislative Committee and is a member of the ad hoc Magazine Committee. He has also worked on the development of the AnglerCatch app and conducts surveys on behalf of the Club.
A member since 2002, Susan is serving her sixth term as RISAA Secretary. Susan is also a member of the Saltwater Fishing Show, Charter Trips and Legislative Committees. Considered a top angler, Susan has presented seminars at RISAA meetings and at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show.
Capt. Steve Skenyon
Steve has been a member of RISAA since 2018 and this is his first year as Treasurer. He also serves on the Legislative Committee by monitoring the status of bills relevant to RISAA interests. Steve is licensed CPA and also has his USCG 50 ton Captain’s license.
David has been a RISAA member since 2008 and has served on the Board of Directors as Sergeant-at Arms since 2019. David is the Chair of our Scholarship Committee, and is a member of the Education Committee and the Legislative Committee. David earned his USCG Captain’s license in 2020 after studying with RISAA member Capt. Mike Littlefield at Narragansett Bay Marine Training.
Kraig has been a RISAA member since 2007. He has been a member of the Kayak Committee since 2009 and has been the Kayak Committee Chairman since 2018. Kraig is a member of the Legislative Committee.
|Robert Blasi, Chair
|Ralph Orleck, Chair
|Charter Trips Committee
|Hal Gibson, Chair
|Dealer Discount Program
|Gilbert Bell, Coordinator
|Dawn Wood, Chair
|Gisele Golembeski, Chair
|Financial Review Committee
|Raymond Marchak, CPA
|Fly Fishing Committee
|John W. Edwards II
|Kraig Ruth, Chair
|Richard Hittinger, Chair
|Artificial Reefs Subcommittee
|Richard Hittinger, Chair
|David Monti, Chair
|Public Access Subcommittee
|Peter Jenkins, Chair
|Political Action Committee.
|Saltwater Fishing Show
|David Michel, Chair
|Ron Barnes, Chair
|Tag & Release Program
|Robert Murray, Coordinator
|Karlis Kaugars, Chair
|Dawn Filliatreault Wood, Chair