Jim Hutchinson Jr., former editor of The Fisherman magazine, was named managing director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
He was unanimously approved Jan. 29 by the RFA executive board and officially joins the group full time Feb. 23.
"This is quite a coup for the RFA and our membership," said Jim Donofrio, RFA executive director, in a statement. "Hutch has immersed himself in many national fisheries issues over the past few years and is extremely passionate about protecting angler access rights.”
Hutchinson joined The Fisherman as managing editor of the New Jersey edition in 2002 and was promoted to the magazine group's Long Island, N.Y., headquarters as executive editor in 2006. He was later elected to the RFA's executive board of directors.
A New Jersey shore native and longtime angler, Hutchinson has spent a lot of time traveling along the East Coast, but says he is also well aware of the issues affecting Gulf Coast and Pacific Coast anglers. Furthermore, he says his editorial work gives him insight into the relationship between recreational anglers and business owners.
"What's critical right now in terms of the success or failure of the recreational fishing industry can be found at the consumer level, with the individual fishermen," Hutchinson said in a statement. "As anglers, we're being denied access to our natural resources and shut out of the fisheries management decision-making process."