Advocacy

The purpose of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland is to advise and educate the public on the conservation of our marine resources. 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.

Along with our national, state, and local partners we work to promote a resource-first and science based natural resource management system.  As anglers, we focus on what is best for recreational fishing and work to promote abundant and well managed fisheries.

Our Government Relations Committee of volunteers and staff works tirelessly on the many issues which face the angling community, and the status of the resources that we depend on.  We work on behalf of our members, and always welcome volunteer members to help us shape our positions and actions to achieve our objectives.

For more information about getting involved with our advocacy work, please contact us today.

The majority of CCA Maryland’s advocacy efforts are focused on the work of managers at Maryland DNR, as well as the various state, and regional commissions and councils set up to provide public input to the management of our public natural resources.

For more information on some of these commissions or councils, please click each name below.

Maryland DNR Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission(SFAC),

Maryland DNR Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission(TFAC)

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission(ASMFC)

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council(MAFMC)

Additional species or issue specific information can be found by navigating the menu below.   If you are seeking more information on a fisheries issue that impacts our resources and recreational fishing, please contact us any time.  

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2019 Legislative Session

February 11, 2019
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On the second Wednesday of each January, the Maryland General Assembly (GAM) begins a ninety day legislative session.  During this time 47 State Senators, and 141 Delegates work to consider action on multiple bills, as well as the states capital and operating budgets. The information below is specific to bills that CCA Maryland is tracking and/or … Read more

Out of Town Oyster News: Calcasieu Oyster Reefs on a Comeback After Removal of Dredges

January 30, 2019
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CCA Louisiana is finding out what science has told us for decades….The use of dredges and scrapes, is destructive to oyster reef habitat, and the many ecosystem services oysters provide. “It’s sad what has happened to the state’s public oyster grounds. They have been absolutely dragged to death, and there is no denying it,” said Cresson. “Perhaps … Read more

Maryland DNR Report to ASMFC on Circle Hook Provision from 2018

January 30, 2019
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You can find Maryland DNR’s report to the ASMFC on the effectiveness of the circle hook regulations by clicking here The document also contains a letter from the American Sportfishing Association regarding the proposal to open the section of the EEZ called the Block Island Transit zone to harvest of SB. The document also includes … Read more

Striped Bass Stock Assessment FAQ

January 25, 2019
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Striped bass are managed from Maine to North Carolina by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission(ASMFC) under the guidance of the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act and Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Management Act. The Striped Bass Management Board of ASMFC has representatives from each state and federal jurisdictions.  The data which is used for management is captured throughout … Read more

Have You Ever Seen Maryland DNR’s Fall Oyster Survey Data?

December 20, 2018
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Did you know that Maryland DNR conducts an annual Oyster Population Fall Survey each year to review the overall health of the oyster population? Surveys that asses the health of our natural resources like these should guide managers in determining how to best utilize our oyster resources.  Information like disease prevalence and spat per bushel … Read more

CCA Requests NEW Broad Stakeholder Based Consensus Building Effort for Oyster Management

November 16, 2018
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As a requirement of the Sustainable Oyster Population and Fishery Act of 2016, Maryland DNR requested input from members of the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission(SFAC) on management tools to include in the new fisheries management plan. CCA’s Executive Director sent the following letter to DNR requesting a new consensus building effort to build the future … Read more

CCA Opposes Proposal to Open Block Island Transit Zone to Striped Bass Fishing

November 7, 2018
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On behalf of our members, CCA sent these comments in opposition of the proposal to open the Block Island Transit Zone to Striped Bass Fishing. The following text is the summary of a proposal that NOAA is currently considering to change the rules regarding possession and possible harvest “NOAA Fisheries is considering removal of the current … Read more

CCA Maryland Opposes Changes to Commercial Live Sale of Yellow Perch

October 29, 2018
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The following comments were sent to Maryland DNR as part of the regulatory scoping process on 10/29/2018.  More information on the fisheries rule-making process can be found on the DNR “Changes to Fisheries Regulations” website. October 29, 2018 Via email only to: fisheriespubliccomment.dnr@maryland.gov   RE: Comments for Proposed Changes to Regulations the Sale of Live … Read more

Coastal Conservation Association Comments On Bluefish Allocation Amendment To The Bluefish Management Plan

July 23, 2018
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The following comments were provided by CCA on the current Bluefish Allocation Amendment being considered by the Mid-Atlantic Council.  Full details of this action can be found HERE The following information is from the document regarding public input: The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding the range of potential issues to be addressed in … Read more

Partners in conservation launch ReleaSense initiative

June 20, 2018
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  Collaborative effort to make best catch-and-release practices, research available to anglers   Shimano, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies and Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) are proud to announce the launch of a cooperative effort called ReleaSense to promote and enhance the traditional role of anglers as leaders … Read more