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)

Sustainable Oyster Population and Fishery Act of 2016 SB 937/HB 1603

April 12, 2016
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Last night, in the waning hours of the legislative session, the now named Sustainable Oyster Population and Fishery Act of 2016(HB 1603/SB937) received strong bipartisan support and passed the General assembly. CCA MD’s Government Relations Committee(GRC) is very proud of this accomplishment A number of legislators and their staff should be commended on their efforts … Read more

CCA testifies on SB 937 Sustainable Oyster Harvest Act of 2016

March 11, 2016
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  CCA Maryland’s Government Relations Committee (GRC) culminated months of work Tuesday with the presentation of testimony supporting SB 937, the Sustainable Oyster Harvest Act of 2016, before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. CCA’s testimony supported the bill with amendments.   “We have focused much of our attention on this legislation throughout … Read more

CCA opposes Man O War Shoal dredging

February 22, 2016
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CCA Maryland last week expressed its strong opposition to dredging Man O’ War Shoals in a letter sent to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The letter urged the agencies to reject DNR’s application for a permit to dredge that area. The letter indicted that dredging “is an … Read more

MDOT on oysters… is this the best use of taxpayer dollars?

June 24, 2015
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“The Chesapeake Bay is facing another decline in oyster populations after harvest levels spiked in recent years because of high natural reproduction.  Now is when true oyster restortation with long term and widely beneficial goals should be implemented.  Wouldn’t the public interest be better served if the money was routed through a fully vetted, peer … Read more

CCA Maryland Chairman of Govertment Relations, David Sikorski, with Governor Hogan. Maryland to Issue 365-Day Recreational Fishing Licenses

May 14, 2015
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Today, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law a bill that authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to issue recreational fishing licenses for 365 days from the date of purchase, rather than for the calendar year. Created by Senate Bill 666/House Bill 785, the new law takes effect October 1. “By giving anglers the added value … Read more

2015 Testimony

March 13, 2015
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Keep up on the latest developments in fisheries.  Read our testimony on key issues.   HB638 CCAMD ENT Testimony 03-04-15 HB72 Bloede Dam CCAMD Testimony 03-03-15 HB 914_Written_testimony_2_24_14 HB419_writtentestimony_3_6_15 HB785_Written_testimony_3_5_15 HB1005_Written Testimony_3_6_15 HB1002_WrittenTestimony_3_6_2015 HB998_Written_testimony_3_5_15 SB57 Bloede Dam CCAMD Testimony 03-03-15 SB666_Written_testimony_3_10_15 CCAMD SB322 EHEA Testimony 02-24-15

Menhaden Management Finally Begins

March 25, 2011
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News Release Coastal Conservation Association 6919 Portwest, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77024 Email: twvenker@joincca.org Website: www.joincca.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2011 CONTACT: Ted Venker, 1-800-201-FISH   Menhaden Management Finally Begins ASMFC takes first steps to rebuild menhaden forage base   ALEXANDRIA, VA – For the first time ever, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission … Read more

Griffin Letter

March 23, 2011
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CCA Maryland ANNAPOLIS • BALTIMORE • GREATER WASHINGTON • KENT NARROWS • LOWER SHORE • MID-SHORE • NORTH ANNE ARUNDEL • PATUXENT RIVER • UPPER BAY March 10, 2011 Via email to jgriffin@dnr.state.md.us The Honorable John R. Griffin Maryland Department of Natural Resources 580 Taylor Avenue Annapolis, MD 21401 Dear Secretary Griffin: Although CCA Maryland … Read more