Membership & Member Benefits


AS THE LEADING VOICE FOR THE FISH AND SEAFOOD INDUSTRY,NATIONAL FISHERIES INSTITUTE (NFI) promotes sustainable and affordable seafood as the daily protein food choice for feeding the world. NFI is comprised of companies engaged in the commercial fish and seafood business. NFI members span from “water to table” – whether they catch or cultivate, process or distribute, import or export, a common goal is to help American families eat more fish and seafood.

NFI members work together on issues that affect the seafood industry, including legislative and regulatory policies, technical and scientific issues, seafood promotion, and consumer marketing opportunities.

There are five major categories of membership:
SEAFOOD COMPANIES-Including Harvesters, Importers, Processors, Secondary processors, Wholesalers, Packers, Regular members whose business is predominantly seafood, regardless of whether headquartered in the U.S. or in another country, and seafood distributors. Fees are based on sales and include both domestic and export sales.

BROAD-LINE DISTRIBUTORS & SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS – Restaurants with food sales greater than 50% in seafood. Fees are based on seafood purchases.

GENERAL RESTAURANTS – Restaurants with food sales that are less than 50% in seafood. Fees are based on the number of restaurants or units.

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS – Regional and national associations. Fees are based on the size of the trade association’s budget.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS – Any company in the business of supplying goods or services to companies in the commercial fish or seafood industry. Government agencies and diversified retailers are also represented through this category. The fee is a flat rate of $2,000.


To JOIN NFI, complete the membership application and fax it to: (703) 752-7583 or mail it to Gerrie Thomas’ attention at the below address. Membership fees are based on your company’s category of membership. For all seafood companies your commitment to the Economic Intregrity Program is a requirement of membership. Questions about NFI should be directed to Gerrie Thomas at (703) 752-8888 or If you are interested in talking to a current NFI member, we are happy to put you in touch with someone. Invest with the rest of the seafood community to ensure we have a strong voice to continue increasing the demand for seafood.

National Fisheries Institute
7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 700
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 752-8880 

Additional Member Benefits & Affinity Program

• The NFI Insider, a weekly e-newsletter with the latest updates on regulatory, legislative and industry actions.
• The Federal Register, a daily summary that keeps members informed on government agencies activities related to the seafood
• Company inclusion in the annual NFI Buyer’s Guide & Membership Directory.


OfficeMax Partner AdvantageSM Program
Members of NFI will enjoy substantial savings of 31% to 88% off the manufacturers’ list price on frequently purchased items, and get reduced pricing on more than 12,000 in-stock products and 3,700 environmentally preferable products and services. Members will also receive discounts on certain OfficeMax Print and Document services. Whether you order online or at an OfficeMax store, your exclusive NFI member discounts apply. This member program offers:
NFI has partnered with InterCall, to provide members special rates for audio and web conferencing. InterCall is the world’s largest conferencing services provider and is consistently noted by industry experts as a market leader.
Best of all, our member pricing represents a 50% discount off of InterCall’s standard pricing for toll-free audio conferencing. InterCall also offers web conferencing through Cisco WebEx™ and Adobe® Connect™ and cloud services for business with Microsoft® Office 365

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  • NFI's 28th Annual Chowder Party
    Kick-off the 2016 Seafood Expo North America with old friends and new. Join us to celebrate NFI's 28th Annual Chowder Party to be held on Saturday, March 5th from 6pm - 7:30pm at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel conveniently located adjacent to the Boston Convention Center.