March 2016 Newsletter


Building Conservation Trust launches habitat campaign
CCA Texas Fund kicks off drive with $1.5 million

bct_logoAs part of its ongoing commitment to improving marine habitats, Coastal Conservation Association's national habitat program, the Building Conservation Trust (BCT), has initiated a multi-million dollar capital campaign which will result in diverse projects such as Gulf reefing, cutting-edge marsh restoration, habitat research programs and more. Setting the tone for the capital campaign, CCA Texas has announced a lead donation of $1.5 million.

"With the incredible generosity of CCA Texas, this is a very exciting time for our habitat program as we are poised to exponentially expand our capabilities," said Sean Stone, executive director of BCT. "Over the history of our program, every dollar from BCT has produced at least $3 in marine habitat creation and enhancement. As the campaign progresses, we will be in an even better position to do some amazing things for marine resources."

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Georgia moves to ramp up funding for marine habitat
House of Representatives approves measure to direct new license tag funding to Georgia coast

A measure carried by Rep. Alex Attwood (St. Simons) to strengthen the state wildlife license tag program was approved by the House last week and now needs only the companion bill carried by Sen. Ben Watson (Savannah) to pass the Senate to open the door for additional funding of coastal habitat projects. Coastal Conservation Association Georgia is the sponsor for HB 736 and has high hopes for the potential of the legislation.

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Red drum bycatch bills fail

menhadenTwo bills that proposed to allow the industrial menhaden fishery to retain mature red drum killed as bycatch failed to make it out of committee at the Mississippi Legislature, much to the relief of conservationists who worked to ensure the bills' demise.

"These bills should be a wake-up call for the recreational angling community of the continuing threats to our marine resources from various sources," said F.J. Eicke, chairman of CCA Mississippi's Government Relations Committee. "We remain in the dark with regard to the overall catch and bycatch in state waters by these boats. CCA Mississippi believes that information is critical to how we manage our public marine resources and the public should have the right to know the extent of these menhaden operations. We are exploring legislation to bring this bycatch data to light once and for all."

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CCA expands reach in California

cca_cal The Fred Hall Shows have been going on for 70 years in southern California and have become the largest fishing, outdoor and boating show in California. Record number of people attend the shows in Long Beach and San Diego in search of awesome deals, to book trips, search out new items, catch up with old friends, sit in seminars and learn new tricks and techniques.

This year was no exception. CCA CAL was there in force with a membership drive offering special package including membership, entry to the show, a CCA CAL goodie bag and a coupon book with specials, discounts and raffles worth over $3,200 in value. Thanks to the work of our awesome volunteers, we were able to sign up new or renew more than 1,000 members at the Fred Hall Shows. We can't wait to continue expanding our reach in California.

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CCA SC reefing program ramps up to produce results
CCA SC provides more equipment to help state deploy reefs

With four near-shore artificial reefs projects along the coast of the Palmetto State already on the books, the partnership between CCA South Carolina and the artificial reef program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is producing tangible results for anglers.

During the opening hours of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, representatives from CCA South Carolina presented a portable water pump and hose kit to the state's reef program to assist in the deployment of artificial reef material. As with CCA South Carolina's previous donations to the state artificial reefing program, including a dump truck and a fleet of boats to move thousands of pounds of recycled oyster shells, the new gear will meet a specific need that ensures artificial reefs will be deployed more efficiently.

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CCA Texas Oyster Lake Shoreline Restoration Project Completion

The Oyster Lake Shoreline site is on West Galveston Bay, and is funded in Part by CCA Texas dollars. The project was completed in January 2016. Through the Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow (HTFT) program, CCA Texas contributed $200,000 in funding towards this project - Your conservation dollars at work!!

CCA Texas Oyster Lake Shoreline Restoration Project Completion


March/April TIDE Recipe

Broiled Redfish Throats with Ponzu Dipping Sauce

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