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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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

Chub Mackerel Management Input Needed

May 14, 2017
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  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 … Read more

Advocacy Update 3/17

March 17, 2017
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March 17th, 2017 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 … Read more

Advocacy Update: February 24th

February 24, 2017
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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 … Read more