What is the Florida Fishing Academy?
The Florida Fishing Academy (FFA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006. Our mission is to positively influence South Florida’s at-risk youth by providing inspiration and direction through recreation. Using marine-related activities, we teach children a healthy lifestyle and constructive hobby; guide them away from drugs and violence; engage them in efforts to preserve Florida’s fragile natural resources; and introduce them to the marine industries as a potential career path.
As part of our mission, we aspire to instill positive values in the young people we educate and mentor. These values include a respect for the law; a responsibility to preserve and protect the environment; a commitment to personal health and hygiene; a desire to be stewards of safe local neighborhoods; a belief in the value of education; and an urge to be positive role models.Read More
Our marine environment is under attack, from overfishing, environmental degradation and manmade spoils like pollution and industrial accidents. To protect the future...
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Since 2015, the FFA has improved access for people with special needs, especially youth and disabled veterans dependent on a wheelchair. We...
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Wallace J. Nichols, a California Academy of Sciences marine biologist, is one of many to document the emotional and social benefits of...
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In late 2018, we signed a lease for the old workshop at the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy, in Riviera Beach. We...
The FFA is prepared to bring an advanced Marine Lab program and science center to Palm Beach County. In this classroom-based program,...
The Florida Fishing Academy handicapped-accessible marine adventures. Our program offerings include community fishing and snorkeling days on our partner’s newly launched...
The Fishing for Families program, designed to create a community educated on which species of fish can be legally and ethically...
Capt. Richard Brochu
Executive Director and Founder