2021 Striper Cup Dedicated to RISAA in Memory of Steve Medeiros

Stephen Medeiros founded the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association over 23 years ago.

The Striper Cup

In 2020, On The Water began a new tradition of dedicating The Striper Cup to an organization or individual that best represents the spirit of the Striper Cup: encouraging responsible participation in the striper fishery and striper conservation.

In 2020, we dedicated The Striper Cup to The Berkeley Striper Club, one of the largest and most active surf-fishing clubs in New Jersey. They were one of the first to launch a catch-and-release striper tournament, inspiring other clubs – and The Striper Cup – to do the same.
This year, we’ve dedicated The 2021 Striper Cup to the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, known to many of us as RISAA.

The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association is a nationally recognized force for marine conservation, sound management of fisheries resources, and the protection of the rights, traditions and the future of recreational fishing.

And, for over 23 years, the force behind RISAA has been their founder and executive director, Stephen Medeiros, who unexpectedly passed away on Monday, September 13 at the age of 72.

Steve worked tirelessly to develop the fishing club into a nationally recognized body consisting of thousands of individual members and a broad alliance of affiliated organizations and coalition partners. His efforts to protect and preserve the marine fisheries of Rhode Island and Southern New England saw his involvement in countless efforts to benefit the recreational fishing community, from safeguarding the future of individual fish species to ensuring shoreline access to an enduring legacy of bringing the joys of fishing to the next generation.

We hereby dedicate the 2021 Striper Cup to the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association in memory of Stephen J. Medeiros.

4 on “2021 Striper Cup Dedicated to RISAA in Memory of Steve Medeiros

  1. john meserve

    What a great dedication to RISAA and especially Steve. His efforts have been huge for all saltwater recreational anglers!! He will be missed.

  2. Robert Maietta

    So true. As a relatively new member of RISSA I only wish I had gotten to know Steve better. He was ALWAYS responsive and a gentleman on the 5 or 6 occasions we had interacted. RIP Steve

  3. Thomas Wood

    What class you all at OTW have. RIP Steve it was an honor to call you my friend

  4. Pete Giegerich

    I lived in RI for 15 years a member of RISAA 6 years. Steve was a great organizer. I’m just finding of his passing now. I joined the NJ BEACH BUGGY association this year and another member I was with mentioned Rich Mueller and I went to their website. May Steve Rest In Peace

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