Time for ASMFC to Stand FIRM for Menhaden
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Info on the Proposal to Dredge
Man O War Shoal
The Board of Public Works accepted input on a Tidal Wetlands License application to dredge fossil shell from Man O War shoal. This practice was done over 46 years and paid for by public dollars, with no evidence that this action will provide a net benefit to the Chesapeake Bay. CCA Maryland provided comments in opposition to the proposed action
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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.

A lot of the work we do in fisheries takes place on a state and regional level at commissions and councils.

CLICK HERE for the meeting dates of the following committees and commissions.

For more information on each commission or council, 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)

 

  • Time for ASMFC to Stand Firm for Menhaden

    Feb 2, 2018 | Posted in: Menhaden, News

    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 […]

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  • Opinion: Preserve MD’s Man O War Shoal

    Dec 19, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters

    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.  

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  • Provide Input on the Dredging of Man O War Shoal

    Nov 14, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters, Water Quality

      The public comment period on this issue ended Tuesday November, 21 2017.  To view CCA Maryland’s official comments on this issue CLICK HERE   In 2015, Maryland Department of Natural Resources(DNR) made the decision to further their longstanding application to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for […]

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  • ASMFC Menhaden Management Board Misses Historic Opportunity

    Nov 14, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Forage, Menhaden

    Management body caves with vote to maintain failed management of menhaden  Presented with the historic opportunity to put in place much-needed protections for menhaden that recognize their ecological role, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Menhaden Management Board blinked, and instead opted for status quo management. In the months leading up to the vote, public […]

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  • An Anglers Guide to Amendment 3 for Atlantic Menhaden Management

    Sep 5, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Forage, Menhaden

    Future of the forage base is on the line Voice your support for a change in the management of menhaden One of the first lessons anglers learn is to find the fish you must first find the bait.  A healthy forage base is critical to both the health of important gamefish such as striped bass […]

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  • Chub Mackerel Management Input Needed

    May 14, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Forage

      Chub Mackerel, Scomber colias (photo credit: mafmc.org) UPDATE 5/29: Click Here to view CCA Maryland’s input on the issue. 5/15/2017 David Sikorski, CCA MD Executive Director Background: Last summer the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) passed an amendment to protect forage species from large scale harvest.  Many of the protected species are important food sources […]

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  • Advocacy Update 3/17

    Mar 17, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters, Striped Bass, Water Quality

    March 17th, 2016 By: David Sikorski, Executive Director With the session still in, CCA Maryland’s Government Relations Committee(GRC) is still working the halls of the legislature to ensure our messages of the importance of science based management and the long-term sustainability of our shared natural resources continues to be learned and understood by our elected […]

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  • Advocacy Update: February 24th

    Feb 24, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy

    February 24th, 2016 By: David Sikorski, Executive Director Volunteers from CCA Maryland’s Government Relations Committee worked the halls of Annapolis this week to share the message of sound, science based fisheries management. SB 554 – Natural Resources – Gill Nets – Mesh Size On Tuesday, Larry Jennings, a long time CCA Maryland volunteer spoke in […]

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  • Update on Man O War Shoal from 2/13 OAC meeting

    Feb 14, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters, Water Quality

    Photo credit: Bay Journal/Virginia Marine Resources Commission 2/14/2017 David Sikorski, Executive Director CCA Maryland An update on the status of the application to dredge Man O War shoal’s fossil shell was presented at the meeting of the Oyster Advisory Commission (OAC) on February 13, 2017. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources(DNR) reported that the timeline provided […]

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  • Your Chance to Provide Input to ASMFC on Menhaden

    Dec 2, 2016 | Posted in: Advocacy

    CCA Maryland Public Information Document Guidance for Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden FMP   The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has released the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 3 for public comment. ASMFC is requesting comments on potential changes to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Menhaden to be […]

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