Discovering Our Tide for 40 years

ccc_quoteThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Coastal Conservation Association’s creation. After starting with 14 frustrated and very passionate anglers driven to meet one evening at a local Houston tackle shop, CCA has grown to 125,000 members across all three coasts. An extraordinary accomplishment.

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“Oysters, Blues & Brews” Houston event, benefitting the St. Charles Bay Oyster Reef

oysers_blues_brews_video In November 2016, folks gathered together for the first ever “Oysters, Blues & Brews,” a Gulf Coast collaboration that benefitted the St. Charles Bay Oyster Reef and the partnership between BCT & CCA Texas. The event was hosted at Goode Company BBQ's Armadillo Palace. Highlights from the evening included Gulf oysters cooked in a variety of ways, live music & ice cold beer. Thank you to everyone who came out for this great fundraiser!

Out of the desert
Artificial reefs could make Southern California’s seafloor bloom.

ca reefNothing is more stunning than the difference in biodiversity and abundance of marine organisms between the flat featureless seafloor and towering offshore reef and along the Pacific Coast, the contrast is especially stark.

Where the right ingredients come together here, nature's persistent northwesterly winds churn deep sea nutrients into the daylight. Plankton blooms. On every vertical rock surface sea life thrives, competing for a foothold. Fish swarm nearby, foraging in the food-rich waters, usually not far from structure. These rugose reefs offer fish a place to dart behind when pelagic predators loom near, holes to hide in, and a welcome relief from a surging current.

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Maryland Oyster Stroll

oysterstroll CCA Maryland’s Central Region Chapter and the City of Westminster, MD held their second annual Oyster Stroll in October, sponsored by Sweetwater Brewing.

More than 3,000 people traveled to the city to celebrate CCA Maryland's Living Reef Action Campaign to raise awareness within the community about the importance of conserving and enhancing marine habitat. Intermittent rain didn't stop visitors from enjoying more than 15,000 local farmed raised oysters, shopping downtown and watching local students demonstrate how to construct reef balls.

Attendees were also able to get a firsthand look at CCA Maryland's new habitat road show – a new enclosed trailer is wrapped with artwork showing how new reef balls transform into new oyster reefs all surrounded by recycled oyster shell, fish and crabs. It is equipped with all of the tooling and equipment needed to construct concrete reef balls at a variety of locations. The mobile campaign will be focused on raising awareness about the commitment shared by CCA Maryland and CCA’s national marine habitat program – the Building Conservation Trust – to habitat conservation and restoration projects.

Through the generous support of Lehigh Cement, students and businesses may have the opportunity to build reef balls onsite at their location and play a role in helping to restore oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay.

Ted Beaulieu Sr./CCA Louisiana Scholarship awarded

LA_scholarship W. Ryan James was recently honored with the 2016 Ted Beaulieu Sr./Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana Scholarship. After completing his Master's degree with a 4.0 grade point average from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, James is now in the Environment and Evolution PhD program at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. He plans to study the connectivity of Louisiana's coastal estuarine habitats, both natural and restored, with offshore reef ecosystems.


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Check out the Catch, Cook, Eat Insert in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue. The insert features 6 of our favorite recipes PLUS wine pairings from Foley Family Wines.
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Newsletter Editor and Designer: Heather Peterek
Newsletter Consulting Editors: Pat Murray and Ted Venker


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