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)

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: 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, 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 … 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

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

February 14, 2017
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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 … Read more

Your Chance to Provide Input to ASMFC on Menhaden

December 2, 2016
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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 … Read more

States Schedule Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 3 Public Information Document

November 22, 2016
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States Schedule Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 3 Public Information Document  Arlington, VA – The Atlantic coastal states of Maine through Florida have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The details of the scheduled … Read more

Menhaden Math Doesn’t Add Up

October 24, 2016
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Menhaden Math Doesn’t Add Up Proposed commercial harvest increase jeopardizes menhaden plan POSTED ON OCTOBER 24, 2016 Many places along the coast are seeing more menhaden than they have in years, and it’s a wonderful sight. After decades of managing this important forage base as simply a feedstock for a single industrial harvester, managers cut … Read more

Forage fish need our help

May 19, 2016
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  Contact: David Sikorski, Chairman- Government Relations Committee, We have an incredible opportunity in front of us.  Forage fish are the cornerstone of a healthy fishery.  There are many species that are currently unmanaged.  That means that either fisheries exist or could open up with no scientific data to support the removal of the … Read more