The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to habitat creation and restoration. Organized to fund and facilitate meaningful marine habitat creation and restoration projects, BCT has created a model for the successful collaboration of business, non-profit organizations and government agencies to revitalize critical habitat and establish a vibrant foundation for the marine ecosystem.
BCT funds grassroots-driven projects that achieve one or more of five key objectives:
Restore degraded habitats
Create new habitats
Advance the science of coastal habitat restoration and marine fisheries conservation
Foster habitat stewardship
Educate coastal communities of the value of conservation
The funds are combined with local CCA chapter efforts to organize conservation projects that inspire local communities to work together for marine conservation.
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Private/public partnership launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin construction this week on an artificial reef system at the site of the recently removed structures in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.”
Private/public effort completes enhancement on Cane, Fish River reefs
The Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) completed an artificial reef enhancement project on P. Grey Cane, Jr. and Fish River Reefs in Mobile Bay this summer, the result of an ongoing partnership between CCA Alabama and the state to enhance habitat within Alabama’s inshore waters and increase recreational fishing opportunities. CCA Alabama contributed $80,000 towards the project, which was matched by MRD’s Sport Fish Restoration funds provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Iconic Pass Now Open After Years of Planning and Fundraising Efforts
Cedar Bayou is a natural pass that separates San Jose Island from Matagorda Island. Dredging efforts date back to the 1930s, but partial efforts, siltation, and misplacement of spoil materials eventually led to the pass and adjacent Vinson Slough being sealed. The restoration of Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough has created the vital connection from Mesquite and Aransas Bays to the Gulf of Mexico.
Private/public effort launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
A $1.2 million plan to preserve habitat in the area known as the Pickets, often referred to as hallowed ground in Louisiana trout fishing circles, was unveiled this week by officials of Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy LLC, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and the State of Louisiana, in coordination with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). As soon as the energy structures and pilings are removed per federal requirements from Ship Shoal 26 sometime in July, this cooperative effort at the local level is set to deploy 15,000 tons of concrete rip-rap in three artificial reefs to maintain the summer-time hotspot for speckled trout and the anglers who pursue them out of Cocodrie and Dularge.
Historic partnership with CCA habitat program to continue another three years
Reefing project set for St. Johns River in heart of downtown
Artificial reef named in honor of the late Southwest Louisiana sportsman
NEW ORLEANS-- Almost every hour, the Louisiana coastline loses a football field-sized piece of land.
State provides no money in program that uses donated oyster shells
ATLANTA — A program that’s been credited with helping to stop erosion of intertidal waterways and spawning new oyster beds is dependent on handouts.
ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES — Island Road is the only small strip of land remaining in the miles of open water that now separate Isle de Jean Charles from Pointe-aux-Chenes. But locals remember when it was different.
Sept. 9, 2011 - CCA's Building Conservation Habitat Program, in partnership with Shell Oil Company, Terrebonne Parish Government, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Americt.
Project will be largest inshore permitted reef in Alabama
MOBILE, AL – CCA Alabama and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division, have announced a partnership to complete the massive Bayou Cour Reef in Bon Secour Bay. The Bayou Cour Reef is a proposed 34-acre reef located about one mile north of the Intracoastal Waterway in the Bon Secour Bay arm of Mobile Bay.
160 acres of marshlands being reclaimed
CORPUS CHRISTI — The first phase of a multipart project to restore a 160-acre area off the Nueces Bay Causeway near Indian Point has been completed.
The Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program started the project in July 2010 with construction of a 76-acre marsh complex and continued with the planting of marsh grass beginning in November.
CCA Texas joins effort to expand fishing opportunities at existing reef
PORT MANSFIELD, TEXAS – Recreational fishermen in the nearshore waters off the coast of Port Mansfield will have almost five times the amount of habitat to fish within eight miles of the Port Mansfield Jetties after a major infusion of hard structure this week.
In honor of World Oceans Day, West Marine announced the recipients of their annual Marine Conservation Grants program. Grants for a total amount of $30,000 are being awarded to non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. who are working to “improve and protect marine habitat,” which is part of West Marine’s mission.
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for Gulf regions working to recover from the recent oil spill disaster, Sportsman Channel has created a special "Sportsman’s Fund" with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) to benefit Gulf coast habitat restoration and research.
Funds Will Go into Sportsman Fund Created with CCA in 2010
New Berlin, Wis. (July 15, 2011) – Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, presented a $50,000 check to Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) President Pat Murray at the ICAST Show in Las Vegas.
The largest inshore limestone artificial reef project in state history dropped the last of its 8,000 tons of limestone last week onto four acres of old oyster reefs along long-submerged Independence Island.
CCA, LDWF and partners complete historic project at Independence Island Reef
JUNE 7, 2011- The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) have completed construction on Independence Island Reef, believed to be the largest limestone inshore artificial reef project ever in Louisiana. Work crews finished the job on Monday afternoon.
An artificial reef north of Grand Isle seeks to attract the fish that attract the fishermen.
HOUMA — Fishing enthusiasts are hoping to give Grand Isle a boost by restoring a former fishing hot spot claimed by coastal erosion into a bustling artificial reef.
Partnership between CCA, LDWF, Shell and the Candies Family makes project a reality
Coastal Conservation Association is set to begin construction on an island reef near Grand Isle that is expected to boost recreational fishing in an area damaged by erosion. Despite recent heavy winds and high water, CCA has all the pieces in place to begin construction on the 4-acre, $500,000 Independence Island Reef.
4,000 concrete culverts set to go in nearshore waters this summer
The CCA Texas Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow (HTFT) program continues to pursue its aggressive goal to develop reefing projects in state waters all along the coast and has announced plans to drop 4,000 concrete culverts in a designated 160-acre reefing site off Port Mansfield this summer.
Latest reefing effort brings partners together to create near-shore reef fish habitat
Coastal Conservation Association has announced plans for a $100,000 reef project off the Texas mid-coast, funded by CCA Texas, CCA National’s Building Conservation Habitat Program, Shell, Shimano and Frabill, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Artificial Reef Program. This latest step in CCA’s reefing program will bring valuable reef fish habitat and angling opportunities in the heart of the Texas coast at a time when it is needed most.
Two artificial reefs soon will cover 4 acres of old oyster reefs alongside the long-submerged Independence Island, one of the most popular speckled-trout fishing sites off Grand Isle.
HOUMA — A formerly popular fishing spot near Grand Isle that’s sunken into the bay due to coastal erosion is getting a facelift.
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and Shell Oil Company to announce a new public-private partnership – between the recreational angling community, private businesses and the state – to assist in CCA’s ongoing Building Conservation Habitat Program. Shell has committed 1.5 million dollars to CCA’s Building Conservation Habitat Program.
Sportsman SD and HD Now Available as A la Carte Option; New Subscriber Proceeds To Support Gulf Coast Fund & Coastal Conservation Association
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for Gulf regions working to recover from the recent oil spill disaster, Sportsman Channel will funnel this year’s proceeds from the a la carte pricing to a special “Sportsman’s Fund” created with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) to benefit Gulf coast habitat restoration and research. CCA is one of the largest non-profit marine conservation groups in America.
CCA Texas partners with state to add 250 tons of material to reef off Freeport
HOUSTON, TX – Texas anglers now have more fishing room at Vancouver Reef after more than 250 tons of concrete and granite reefing material were added to the popular fishing site this week through a cooperative effort of CCA Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The addition of the material marks the single largest addition to the reef since the original Liberty ship was sunk at the site off Freeport in 1976.
A central Florida community, lead by one oyster expert and her students, works to stabilize the shoreline of Mosquito Lagoon and improve fish habitat while increasing shellfish populations--and preserving a unique archaeological landmark.
North America’s largest refiner offers three-year commitment to youth angler outreach and education program
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Coastal Conservation Association and Valero Energy Corporation have teamed up to promote conservation ethics in young anglers. Through a dynamic youth program that will include an eye-catching newsletter, interactive web site, and conservation-oriented school lesson plans, Valero and CCA will work to capture the enthusiasm of children and encourage them to understand and protect the coastal landscape.
HOUSTON, TX – As proper conservation measures succeed in rebuilding swordfish stocks in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is calling for a series of additional steps to ensure that the future of this important species is secure – and that a renewed, exciting recreational fishery is assured.