Newsletter April 2015


Kenny Chesney and Costa Continue Partnership with 2015 Limited Edition Line of Sunglasses to Benefit Coastal Conservation Association



Country icon Kenny Chesney, who recently topped the charts with “Til It’s Gone” and the Grammy-nominated multiple week #1 “American Kids” from his brand new Big Revival album, again teams with Costa for another series of limited edition sunglasses to benefit Coastal Conservation Association's Building Conservation Trust habitat program.

This year’s five styles arrive just in time for Chesney’s Big Revival 2015 Summer Tour, hitting the road and 23 stadiums before the end of August.

All of Kenny Chesney’s limited edition Costa sunglasses are meant for people who savor the outdoors, especially being on the water. Available in the full array of Costa’s 580P™ lens technology, these options selectively filter out harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light. By filtering yellow light, they enhance reds, blues and greens and produce better contrast and definition, while reducing glare and eye fatigue. Absorbing high-energy blue light also cuts haze, producing greater visual clarity and sharpness.

Each of the 8-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year’s Costa sunglasses come with a free gift pack that includes a custom hat, cleaning cloth and sunglass case. All the kit’s components feature a unique design with bold colors inspired by the painted school bus featured in Chesney’s “American Kids” video.




Expect the Unexpected in the CCA STAR Tournaments

For about 100 days every summer along the Gulf Coast, a fish can quite literally change a life. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, every time a cork disappears or a topwater gets slurped under, an angler could be hooked to a living, breathing, swimming opportunity of a lifetime.
Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, but it is always best to be entered in one of the four CCA STAR Tournaments if you plan to wet a line in the Gulf of Mexico during the summer months. STAR originated in 1990 in Texas as a means of drawing attention to the state’s coastal resources and to CCA's role in their conservation. CCA Louisiana launched its own STAR Tournament (renamed the State-wide Tournament and Anglers’ Rodeo for obvious reasons) in 1995. CCA Mississippi got in on the act in 2011, as a division of Louisiana STAR, and this year marks the inaugural CCA Florida STAR Tournament.

Each STAR shares a common set of requirements (eligible anglers must be members of CCA and be registered for each individual state tournament in which they want to participate), but each one has also developed divisions, rules and characteristics unique to that state. Tournament organizers are constantly tweaking the formats, adding new divisions and more chances to win.

One thing common to all STAR tournaments (and fishing in general) is that anything can happen. The tournaments reward both the hardcore fisherman and the casual, occasional angler. Kids have won scholarships and grandmothers have won boats.

If you plan to fish along the Gulf Coast this summer, take a few minutes to register for the STAR Tournament in your state or register for more than one if you plan to travel. Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime – go online to find out more and register today:

Texas STAR -    |    Louisiana STAR -
Mississippi STAR Division -    |    Florida STAR -




TIDE Magazine takes top honors

In the Texas Outdoor Writers Association 2014 Excellence in Craft competition, TIDE Magazine was recognized as the best in the Major Outdoor Publication category. TOWA is a state-wide organization for professional writers, photographers, broadcasters, videographers, and communications specialists working in the hunting, fishing, and conservation fields.




Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute announces establishment of Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program



Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program. In February 2015, Dorothea Laub, wife of the late long-time angler Dick Laub, committed $900,000 catapulting an existing HSWRI research initiative to the next level. In his honor, the expansion of a proactive, resource management effort has been named the Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program.

The Ocean Resources Enhancement Hatchery Program (OREHP) is one of HSWRI’s conservation research programs that was designed in collaboration with southern California recreational anglers, under the auspices of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, to specifically counteract the alarming decline of certain vital marine fish stocks. Since 1983, HSWRI scientists and their collaborators have developed culture techniques to rear and release white seabass, a commercially and recreationally important coastal marine fish species. Volunteer anglers contribute more than 20,000 hours annually to support the juvenile fish at grow-out facilities. Now that white seabass stocks are recovering, anglers are looking at additional species that may benefit from the decades of culture experience learned through OREHP.

With several years of support from Chevron Corporation, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s scientists have already been investigating additional species such as yellowtail and halibut that might fit into OREHP’s mission. In 2014, an anonymous angler made a generous donation which served as the catalyst for HSWRI to explore the potential for additional species and a multi-year campaign was initiated. Momentum was gained with recent donations from AFTCO, Frank LoPreste and his partners in Fisherman's, Pt. Loma, Seaforth and H&M Landings, and Sempra Energy.

Concurrent with this new initiative, California’s recreational angling community has become organized under the umbrella of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), a nation-wide, state-driven, recreational fishing advocacy organization. A new CCA California Chapter was recently formed and has chosen the Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program as its first priority after incorporation.

The species to be focused on by this larger enhancement program are still under discussion between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the marine science community and recreational anglers. With the creation of CCA-California, the Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program will enjoy additional support from the angler community but matching gifts and advocacy will still be needed over several years from philanthropic partners.




iSnapper App by Harte Research Institute available soon

Harte Research Institute Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi needs YOU to help make a difference in the red snapper fishery. They have released a new smart phone app designed to provide fisheries managers with valuable data to improve red snapper recreational management. iSnapper is your chance to let your voice be heard and to ensure quality access to the red snapper fishery for generations to come.

The more anglers using iSnapper the better the data they receive, so you and your friends are encouraged to download and start using it as soon as it's available. The app is FREE for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Visit to learn more. Your catch counts!





Newsletter Editor and Designer: Heather Peterek
Newsletter Consulting Editors: Pat Murray and Ted Venker

The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.