Projects

Tampa Bay oyster restoration picks up pace

CCA Florida, BCT, and CCA Music City join effort to build new reef on 2D Island
Posted on May 16, 2016

With one oyster restoration project recently launched on nearby Fantasy Island, plans are in the works for another project to install new oyster reefing on the eastern shoreline of Spoil Island 2D in Tampa Bay. Coastal Conservation Association Florida, the Building Conservation Trust, CCA Music City Chapter and Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center and the Port of Tampa Bay, have joined forces to improve water quality and enhance marine habitat in the Bay.

Oyster reefing project set for Tampa Bay

CCA Florida, BCT, and CCA Music City join effort to enhance habitat around Fantasy Island
Posted on January 21, 2016

CCA Louisiana and Conservation Partners Expand Independence Island Artificial Reef

Shell, LDWF collaborate on Phase II of important fisheries habitat near Grand Isle
Posted on December 02, 2015

Construction began earlier this week on the four-acre expansion of Independence Island Artificial Reef, which is comprised of roughly 7,000 tons of large limestone.  The original Independence Island Reef, built in the summer of 2011, has become a favorite fishing destination for thousands of anglers.

Innovative offshore reefing project set to go in off Jupiter

Building Conservation Trust joins effort to create new angling, diving destination
Posted on July 28, 2015

Marine fisheries and recreational angling off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, are set to get a boost this summer with the placement of 40 artificial reef cells in 88 feet of water. The CCA Building Conservation Trust has contributed $25,000 to the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation for the project, which will utilize innovative reefing materials to create a thriving new ecosystem.

Kenny Chesney Visits First Coastal Conservation Reefs In St. John River

Funds for the Two Reefs Were Raised Via Partnership with Chesney and Costa Sunglasses
Posted on June 30, 2015

Kenny Chesney got to do something very special before his sold-out Florida Country Superfest show June 14: the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar visited the first two No Shoes Reefs in Jacksonville’s St. John River. Named the Coastal Conservation Association and George Holt Reefs, the man-made reefs – designed to promote quality of aquatic life – were built through the support of Chesney’s ongoing partnership with Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and The Coastal Conservation Association/Building Conservation Trust.

The Pickets Reborn

Cooperative habitat effort saves an iconic Louisiana fishing spot.
Posted on June 01, 2015

Capt. Ricky Brondum had the look of a man heading to a funeral rather than one who was guiding a fishing trip on a surprisingly mild mid-August day in 2014.

Lafourche Parish School Kids help build Floating Islands Restoration Project near Grand Isle

Posted on April 23, 2015

Close to 100 Lafourche Parish school students and dozens of volunteers helped build the Floating Islands Restoration Project off of Highway 1 near Grand Isle on Friday.

Artificial Reef at the “Pickets” underway

CCA Louisiana and partners launch artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Posted on October 22, 2014

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, along with partners, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, began construction Tuesday on an artificial reef system in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.”   

 

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.