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Floating Islands restoration project in Vermilion Bay

md_trailer In May, more than 130 school students from AMIkids and Catholic High New Iberia joined volunteers from CCA Louisiana, Entergy and Shell to build the Floating Islands Restoration Project near Cypremort Point in Vermilion Bay. The project was spearheaded by CCA Louisiana’s four local chapters (Sugar, Acadiana, Cajun and Vermilion) along with CCA's National Habitat Program, Building Conservation Trust (BCT).


California lead ban derailed

weightsA bill to ban buying, selling and manufacturing lead fishing weights 50 grams and under (AB 2787) was not passed as a full ban and instead was amended as a study bill. Anglers remain concerned about a number of principles related to the proposed study, including who would conduct it, the scope and focus, and the public process.

While a study on the impacts of lead fishing tackle could help illuminate any potential impacts from these products, absent any real and objective analysis, this legislation still has the potential to pose unreasonable economic burdens on anglers, manufacturers, retailers, and communities dependent on outdoor tourism. CCA California will continue to oppose this bill and is working to shape the study language and make improvements to the bill moving forward.

ASMFC warns Virginia on menhaden | State management body prepares to defend forage base conservation measures

walther_awardCoastal Conservation Association applauds the efforts of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to force the State of Virginia to comply with the provisions of Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. While an immediate finding of Virginia to be out of compliance with the plan was delayed to the Commission’s August meeting, a motion to send a letter to Virginia’s Governor and General Assembly urging compliance in the strongest possible terms was adopted unanimously, with the federal services abstaining.


scholarshipCCA supports legislative effort to eliminate shark finning

Coastal Conservation Association has joined forces with leaders in the marine science world to support the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act (HR 5248) as part of the ongoing effort to eliminate the vile practice of shark finning around the world. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, would require any nation seeking to export shark, ray or skate products to the U.S. to receive certification from NOAA that it has management and conservation policies in place comparable to those in the U.S. Furthermore, the exporter must show that there is no overfishing of those species and that a prohibition on shark finning is enacted and enforced.




Citizen science with CCA Maryland

tx_film A lack of data is always an issue with fisheries management, and CCA Maryland is ready to do its part to improve the situation. Thanks to a partnership with the American Littoral Society's (ALS) fish tagging program, our members can purchase tagging kits, and tag some of the fish they release this year. The existing ALS program captures length, weight (if possible) and the location of the catch. CCA Maryland’s taggers will increase the data we capture, adding water temp, air temp, hook type, and condition of the fish when releases.

"We are hopeful that our membership can help increase the data captured in the Chesapeake Bay and help provide more information about striped bass and many other species in the region," said Michael Brupbacher, CCA Maryland volunteer helping spearhead the tagging partnership.

Anglers are urged to follow best practices for handling and releasing tagged fish, and must attend a training seminar before participating in the program. For more information visit

Sea lion dilemma

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) recently announced that it was abandoning its efforts to reduce sea lion predation at Willamette Falls because the legal remedies currently available simply don't work. This is an alarming development for the survival of ESA-listed wild Willamette River winter steelhead, which ODFW predicts has a 90 percent chance of extinction. In the absence of federal approval to lethally remove California sea lions at Willamette Falls, ODFW attempted a stop gap program of capturing and relocating sea lions this spring.

Unfortunately, bipartisan legislation (HR 2083) to give federal, state, and tribal fish and wildlife officials the authority they need to address the predation continues to languish in Congress – particularly in the U.S. Senate. ODFW, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the tribes have worked to develop a package of amendments to HR 2083 that will help it garner more support in the Senate, but the legislation remains stalled despite the urgent need for action.

Time is getting short for Congress to act. It is critical that the legislation move forward before it is too late for Oregon and the Willamette River steelhead and other fish populations. CCA Oregon is urging its members to call the Portland offices of Senators Ron Wyden (503-326-7525) and Jeff Merkley (503-326-3386) and encourage them to take action to save Oregon fish. Concerned citizens living outside of Oregon can help by calling the offices of their Senators and voicing support for HR 2083.

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There is no better place for Texas speckled trout fishermen to be than on the summertime beachfront. Warm tides, abundant baitfish and regularly accommodative wind and water conditions can combine for electric results. When the surf is right, there is nothing better, but preparing for your trip is paramount.

Not too much...not too little. Every angler has to fight the temptation to over-accessorize for their summer beach wade. Keep it simple has new meaning when you are dealing with unpredictable wave conditions and deceptive tide velocities. Too much gear can result in at best a cumbersome wade and at worst a disaster. Focus on the essentials. A well-fitting wading belt, a basic selection of baits (don’t forget a few silver spoons and some topwaters), and pliers and polarized sunglasses both with lanyards. If you are planning to keep fish, a do-net style basket or cord stringer is essential. Also, proper clothing is vital. Think light-weight but full body coverage. Read on for why....

I didn’t always wade in long pants. Here is my sage warning: never ever, ever wade in running shorts....ever. Jellyfish are a constant threat even if you have not seen one all season. I used to have some masochistic vision that I would wade in running shorts whenever I was not regularly encountering jellyfish. My thought was that shorts are really comfortable, light and dry quickly. What I didn’t calculate was how nightmarishly unprotective the inner lining is. I don’t think I need to give more detail other than noting that I was a devoted shorts wader until I found myself bounding out of a productive morning trout bite and rushing to a seawall CVS pharmacy to buy every salve, balm, ointment and cream they had. None of them worked, I still wear the mental (if not physical) scars, and I will never ever wade in shorts again. Lesson taught.

One of the many things that make the Texas surf so exciting is that you are literally fishing on the rim of the ocean. As you wade out to the nearshore sandbars, you are steps away from everything that inspires an angler. There is (of course) potential for phenomenal trout fishing, but there is also access to every exotic Gulf creature and epic oceanic condition that can fill a dream or nightmare. You are onstage with everything from tarpon to absurdly large sharks while surrounded by ocean conditions that can quickly turn to upending rollers and unmanageable rip current without warning. Be aware of your surroundings and always wade wearing an inflatable life vest that is properly fitted and suited to address the conditions of the surf. Everyone who has waded the surf for some time has had a mistimed swim to the third bar (that was mine), a surprising current shift, stingray fiasco or some other calamity that leaves its mark. Never be afraid of the surf, but treat it with sincere respect.

Text and Photo By Patrick Murray







Newsletter Editor and Designer: Heather Peterek
Newsletter Consulting Editors: Pat Murray and Ted Venker


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