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Shimano and CCA Launch National Marine Science Scholarship Program
In partnership with Harte Research Institute, program seeks to assist future leaders in conservation-based marine science

Shimano and Coastal Conservation Association have announced a partnership to fund four scholarships dedicated to students furthering their marine science education at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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CCA CAL Raises $237,643.50 for Marine Conservation and Saltwater Anglers

CCA_Cal_check Through the generosity of a match from Anthony Hsieh, the Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) raised $237,543.50 to further their ability to represent saltwater anglers in CA. On February 6, 2018 CCA CAL Chairman Bill Shedd and Treasurer Don Trojan received a $79,214.50 check from Anthony for the 2-1 match program against the $158,429 raised from current CCA CAL members and concerned saltwater anglers.

CCA is a 40 year old organization with 130,000 members nationally. While only a few years old, CCA CAL has already accomplished much. A recent example was CCA CAL helping to prevent pacific bluefin tuna from being listed as an endangered species last year. If the environmental activists pushing that effort had been successful, it would have prevented any take of bluefin by California anglers. Communication Committee Chairman and BD Outdoors President Ali Hussainy said that "Most anglers don’t even know what CCA CAL and our partners accomplished with bluefin. These funds will allow us to hire professional marketing staff support. That will enable us to revamp our web site, and generally improve on our communication and marketing efforts."

The long - term goal for CCA CAL is to have state chapters throughout CA., including Northern CA. According the CCA CAL Board Member Bart Hall of the Fred Hall Shows, "In most every coastal state in the US, the CCA is a force for saltwater anglers to be reckoned with." Doug Lasko President of Okuma and CCA Board Member added, "The key to CCA success is having a number of chapters throughout the state, and a lobbyist in the state capital. These funds will help us to acquire both here in CA." Dave Pfeiffer CCA CAL Vice Chairman and President of Shimano said "This match program made possible by Anthony provides a huge step forward for CCA CAL. Now we can more fully build out our chapter base. While we do so I encourage all saltwater anglers in CA. to get involved with and support your local CCA CAL chapter and their events."

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CCA SC putting oyster shells in the bag for 10 years running | $20,000 going to local nonprofits

walther_awardHeralded as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast as well as the world's largest oyster roast, the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant is a celebration of all things oysters. Nearly 80,000 pounds of the bivalves are steamed or roasted in one day for the large crowds of people gathered to consume them. Since 2008, Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina (CCA SC) has organized a group of volunteers to collect and recycle the empty shells for the building of new oyster reefs in the estuaries of the Palmetto State.





Maverick Boat Group's commitment to giving back

maverick CCA Florida and Maverick Boat Group have expanded their partnership, allowing the statewide nonprofit to enhance habitat and environmental restoration efforts and lead support of industry issues affecting recreational anglers.

The partnership names Maverick Boat Group and two of its brands (Maverick Boats and Pathfinder Boats) as the Official Shallow Water Skiff and Official Bay Boat of CCA Florida. In addition, MBG will be the Official Sponsor of the CCA Florida Banquet Trail. The expanded agreement includes the annual donation of two brand new boats, including a Maverick 17 HPX-S and a Pathfinder 2200TRS for CCA Florida's statewide boat raffle, which directly benefits habitat work and other projects throughout the state.

In addition to the CCA Florida sponsorship, the brand will be donating a new Hewes 16-foot Redfisher and Pathfinder 2200 TRS to CCA Florida STAR, the organization's signature 101-day statewide fishing competition which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Both boats will be prizes in the featured STAR Tagged Redfish Division of the event.


Point Mast Reef expanded in Terrebonne Bay

tx_film CCA Louisiana, Chevron, the Building Conservation Trust (CCA's National Habitat Program) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), built a new artificial reef, located in Terrebonne Bay, south of Cocodrie, in December.

Volunteers and project partners participated in a dedication ceremony at Coco Marina followed by a trip to the project site. This is the second enhancement to the original Point Mast Reef, constructed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1985. An additional 3,500 tons of crushed limestone was added by CCA Louisiana in 2009. This addition is comprised of approximately 1200 tons of crushed limestone and created between two and three acres of new reef habitat on the site.

Enhancement of this reef will support a variety of marine life, including oyster, crustaceans and small baitfish. These species serve as forage to sportfish like redfish, speckled trout, flounder and others, making this new habitat a perfect spot for Louisiana anglers. The reef's location in lower Terrebonne Bay is a site that was formerly emergent islands composed of relic oyster shells and dominated by a dense stand of black mangrove.

This project marks the third reef-building collaboration between CCA Louisiana and Chevron and is the 22nd artificial reef overall to be built by CCA Louisiana.



New River Oyster Highway Project

tx_film CCA NC presented a check for $50,000 to the City of Jacksonville in November for the New River Oyster Highway Project. The project will create oyster habitat stepping stones in the central portion of the estuary that will host oyster brood stock populations to supply larvae to habitats within the central and upper portions of the New River. The enhanced oyster populations will provide valuable ecosystem services to the entire watershed and serve as destination sites for recreational fishermen.

The "Oyster Highway" concept is being proposed to create stepping stone habitats for oyster populations in the region to create oyster-appropriate habitats with small spatial gaps between them and to prime these stepping stone reefs for oyster reproduction with plantings of immense numbers of oysters. An additional benefit from this reef creation effort will be fish utilization and the establishment of destination sites in the mid-estuary region for recreational fishing. Habitat restoration (including artificial reefs) and augmentation have become major tools in efforts to conserve coastal fishery resources, as well as improve water quality.



CCA News Highlights



Springtime Texas Trout Fishing
The early months of spring can present some of the most challenging conditions of the year for Texas trout anglers, but they also yield some of the best catches. As trout push onto shorelines to spawn, the bite can be unpredictable at best. Coupled with nagging winds, temperamental tides and unpredictable weather shifts, mixing up your approach can make all the difference.

Go Small
With new hatches of a variety of forage species, the baitfish profile of the bay changes dramatically thought spring. Shrimp, shad, glass minnows and all of their brethren flood the shorelines and fishing smaller lures can be an important shift to match the proverbial hatch.

Go Big
Texas' Gulf passes always provide an important gateway for fish traveling between the bay and Gulf. These ocean portals take on a new significance in spring when warming Gulf waters usher in beachfront trout.

Don't Go Home
The springtime bite can be a test of any angler's patience. The distraction of the spawn, water temperature changes and every other change of spring can make feeding slide down a speckled trout's to-do list. Don't be afraid to fish into the dusk or even dark. The late-day bite can be your best bet.

Text and Photo By Patrick Murray











Featured Recipe

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2 dozen fresh, unshucked oysters

3 c rock or ice cream salt

1 12 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed

4 strips bacon

1 c yellow onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 c celery, diced

1 stick salted butter

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

1 c panko bread crumbs

1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

Lemon wedges


OYSTERS: Preheat to 450 degrees F. Fill an ovenproof serving dish large enough for all the oysters with the rock salt. Nestle oysters in it as you shuck them. This will prevent them from tipping and also retains heat after removal from oven.

FILLING: Remove any excess water from the frozen spinach by wringing out with your hands over a strainer in the sink. Set aside.

Chop bacon and add to a large skillet on medium heat. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on paper towels for later use.

To same skillet with bacon grease add onion, garlic and celery and saute about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through.

Turn heat to low and add butter. Stir until butter is melted then add salt, pepper, panko bread crumbs, grated cheese, spinach and cooked bacon bits. Remove from heat and combine all thoroughly until cheese is melted.

Top each raw oyster with about 1 tablespoon of topping, then sprinkle each with grated Parmesan.

Place serving dish of oysters in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

TO SERVE: Serve immediately with lemon wedges.




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.


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