Conservationists prepare for oil spill response

CCA Gulf State chapters standing by to lend assistance in cleanup efforts

Posted on April 30, 2010

In response to the tragic rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Coastal Conservation Association chapters along the Gulf Coast have offered assistance to state agencies as they enact plans for clean-up efforts.

“Our chapters have been in contact with the appropriate fish and game management agencies in each state and have notified their local membership that they may be needed in the coming weeks and months to do some heavy lifting to protect and restore our coastal environment,” said Pat Murray, CCA president. “The concern from our membership has been overwhelming. I’m confident when and if we are asked to assist, we will have no shortage of volunteers ready and willing to do whatever they can to help.”
 
A massive clean-up effort is already underway in the Gulf of Mexico even as more oil is leaking from the well where a devastating explosion and fire sank the Deepwater Horizon rig 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana almost two weeks ago.
 
“Anglers know better than almost anyone of both the value and fragile nature of coastal wetlands, and our members are dedicated to the health of our shared coastal marine resources,” said David Cresson, executive director of CCA Louisiana. “This is a serious situation that poses a real threat to our fisheries and we stand ready to do anything we can to protect our coastal resources.”
 
CONTACT: Ted Venker, 1-800-201-FISH