Advocacy News

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)

4th Annual Oyster Stroll Downtown Westminster 2018

October 16, 2018
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Downtown Westminster’s 4th annual Oyster Stroll raised awareness and funds for Coastal Conservation Association Maryland with delectable freshly shucked oysters from aquaculture farms all over The Bay. WESTMINSTER, MARYLAND (Saturday, October 13, 2018) Thousands of oyster lovers hit the streets of Westminster last Saturday to enjoy the season’s first taste of fall and slurp up … 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

CCA Maryland Weighs in on Proposed Yellow Perch Changes

May 11, 2018
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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

2018 Advocacy Update

March 12, 2018
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  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

Time for ASMFC to Stand Firm for Menhaden

February 2, 2018
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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

Opinion: Preserve MD’s Man O War Shoal

December 19, 2017
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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.  

Provide Input on the Dredging of Man O War Shoal

November 14, 2017
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  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 … Read more

ASMFC Menhaden Management Board Misses Historic Opportunity

November 14, 2017
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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 … Read more

An Anglers Guide to Amendment 3 for Atlantic Menhaden Management

September 5, 2017
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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 … Read more