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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.
 

 

 

Articles about BCT

Construction to begin on the “Pickets Reef”

Private/public partnership launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Posted on October 16, 2014

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.”

Anglers pitch in to refurbish artificial reefs

Private/public effort completes enhancement on Cane, Fish River reefs
Posted on September 29, 2014

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.

Restoration of Cedar Bayou Completed

Iconic Pass Now Open After Years of Planning and Fundraising Efforts
Posted on September 29, 2014

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.

Pickets Plan Comes Together

Private/public effort launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Posted on June 20, 2014

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.

Kenny Chesney accepts honorary board seat with CCA's habitat program

Posted on February 10, 2014

Shell Continues Major Commitment to Gulf Marine Habitat

Historic partnership with CCA habitat program to continue another three years
Posted on November 06, 2013

CCA Florida set to bring urban reefing to Jacksonville

Reefing project set for St. Johns River in heart of downtown
Posted on October 17, 2013

CCA Louisiana to begin construction on new reef in Vermilion Bay

Posted on July 10, 2013

Shell wins Gulf Guardian Award for marsh restoration project

Posted on July 02, 2013

CCA Louisiana and partners join forces for Phase II build of Floating Islands

Posted on April 23, 2013

Material from Katrina damaged Buras High School used to create new fish habitat

Posted on December 19, 2012

CCA's Brad Vincent reef in Calcasieu Lake

Artificial reef named in honor of the late Southwest Louisiana sportsman
Posted on May 04, 2012

Recycled PET enlisted to save Louisiana shore

Posted on November 07, 2011

NEW ORLEANS-- Almost every hour, the Louisiana coastline loses a football field-sized piece of land.

Individuals, restaurants shelling out to restore Georgia oyster reefs

State provides no money in program that uses donated oyster shells
Posted on September 27, 2011

ATLANTA — A program that’s been credited with helping to stop erosion of intertidal waterways and spawning new oyster beds is dependent on handouts.

Experimental project aims to protect marshes

Posted on September 24, 2011

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.

“Floating Islands” project blazes new trail for marsh restoration

Posted on September 09, 2011

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.

CCA steps in to complete Bayou Cour Reef in Alabama

Project will be largest inshore permitted reef in Alabama
Posted on August 29, 2011

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.

Nueces Bay restoration project progresses

160 acres of marshlands being reclaimed
Posted on July 25, 2011

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.

Major expansion of Port Mansfield reef underway

CCA Texas joins effort to expand fishing opportunities at existing reef
Posted on July 20, 2011

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.

CCA North Carolina earns West Marine grant for habitat

Posted on July 15, 2011

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. 

Sportsman Channel and Coastal Conservation Association Team Up To Support Gulf Habitat

Posted on July 14, 2011

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.

Sportsman Channel Presents $50,000 to CCA at ICAST to Support Gulf Region Recovery Efforts

Funds Will Go into Sportsman Fund Created with CCA in 2010
Posted on July 14, 2011

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. 

Louisiana's largest inshore artificial reef completed northeast of Grand Isle

Posted on June 13, 2011

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.

Construction Completed on Louisiana’s Largest Limestone Inshore Artificial Reef

CCA, LDWF and partners complete historic project at Independence Island Reef
Posted on June 07, 2011

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.

Reef project aims to bring back fishermen

An artificial reef north of Grand Isle seeks to attract the fish that attract the fishermen.
Posted on May 29, 2011

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.

Independence Island Reef construction set to begin

Partnership between CCA, LDWF, Shell and the Candies Family makes project a reality
Posted on May 24, 2011

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.

CCA Texas announces new artificial reef off Port Mansfield

4,000 concrete culverts set to go in nearshore waters this summer
Posted on March 31, 2011

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. 

CCA habitat program targets Texas mid-coast

Latest reefing effort brings partners together to create near-shore reef fish habitat
Posted on March 03, 2011

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.

Artificial reefs could resurrect oysters on Independence Island

Posted on December 19, 2010

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.

Once-popular fishing spot could make a comeback

Posted on December 18, 2010

HOUMA — A formerly popular fishing spot near Grand Isle that’s sunken into the bay due to coastal erosion is getting a facelift.

Governor Jindal, CCA & Shell Announce New Partnership to Benefit Louisiana’s Coast

Posted on December 14, 2010

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 Channel and DISH Network Collaborate To Support Gulf Region Recovery Efforts

Sportsman SD and HD Now Available as A la Carte Option; New Subscriber Proceeds To Support Gulf Coast Fund & Coastal Conservation Association
Posted on August 31, 2010

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.

Vancouver Reef expansion splashes down

CCA Texas partners with state to add 250 tons of material to reef off Freeport
Posted on August 18, 2010

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.

CCA Orlando's Greg Harrison Aides in Laying Down an Erosion Blockade in Florida

Posted on May 01, 2010

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.

CCA and Valero Partner in Conservation

North America’s largest refiner offers three-year commitment to youth angler outreach and education program
Posted on July 10, 2007

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.

Swordfish recovery a victory in the making

Posted on January 22, 2007

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.

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