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.
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.
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
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
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
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: email@example.com RE: Comments for Proposed Changes to Regulations the Sale of Live … Read more
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
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
Click Here to view CCA Maryland’s input to DNR on proposed changes to the yellow perch fishery in May of 2018. Regulatory scoping is an important part of the public process and all changes being considered by Maryland DNR can be viewed here
March 12, 2018 David Sikorski, Executive Director. CCA Maryland’s Government Relations Committee has been hard at work in Annapolis this session opposing bad bills and supporting good ones. It has been a busy year, with A LOT of legislation being introduced. You can CLICK HERE to search for bills, find out who your legislator is, or … Read more
By: David Sikorski, Executive Director As any good angler knows, Atlantic menhaden are anything but a pisciverous predator. Rather they are the foundation of the regional food web, and an abundant source of protein for many important gamefish like striped bass, bluefish, king mackerel and even some tuna species. To date, they have been managed … Read more
Dr. Kenneth Lewis, a longtime CCA Maryland leader penned the following Op-Ed regarding the proposal to dredge Man O War Shoal. Click here to view the full article in the Baltimore Sun.