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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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, davidsikorski@www.ccamd.org 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

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