Habitat News

Working to enhance and restore marine habitat is paramount to the success of our conservation efforts.   In Chesapeake Bay, the oyster population and submerged aquatic vegetation coverage are all time lows.  These habitats are the very foundation of life in the region.

Our Habitat Committee works to engage chapters, educators, local communities, and numerous local partners that support our habitat work here in Maryland.  Thanks to our national partners at the Building Conservation Trust, CCA’s National Habitat Program we are increasing the positive impact that we can on our local ecosystem through habitat enhancement and restoration.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with our habitat efforts and decisions the committee makes, please contact us.

Tilghman Reef Deployment

June 16, 2017
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BCT & CCA Make A Splash with 2nd Chesapeake Reef Project

February 22, 2017
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Tangier Sound is about to have a whole lot more underwater habitat for anglers to explore!  Tuesday, February 21, 2017, marked the deployment of CCA’s National Habitat Program, The Building Conservation Trust’s (BCT) second reef project in the Chesapeake Bay.  Anglers alike will have even more options in Tangier Sound for what was already considered a premier destination and the … Read more

Reef Project Will Improve Habitat and Fishing in Tangier Sound

January 23, 2017
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(Frederick, Maryland) – In an effort to restore marine habitat while improving fishing opportunities for recreational fisherman in the Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Conservation Association’s (CCA’s) national marine habitat program, the Building Conservation Trust (BCT), has partnered with CCA Maryland, the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiation (MARI), Rinker Materials and Engel Coolers to add nearly four hundred … Read more

Schools Create an Oyster Week Experience for Students

January 19, 2017
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Students and faculty from Friendship Valley Elementary School (Westminster, MD) and Resurrection-St Paul School (Ellicott City, MD) have recently collaborated to create weeklong educational and hands-on restoration experiences at their schools. These schools are working cooperatively with the Building Conservation Trust (BCT) and Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland (CCA) to create STEM learning activities that are focused on oyster restoration and why creating new marine habitat is important … Read more

Our reef is growing up so fast!

January 6, 2017
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Thanks to the wonderful support of Brad King and his Kent Island Scuba company, our research partners at Stevenson University School of Science have been able to continue monitoring the growth of our reef site.  This underwater footage of the CCA BCT Tilghman Island Reef Ball site demonstrates how successful our Living Reef Action Campaign … Read more

Ocean City Reef Foundation donates to support CCA Habitat

January 3, 2017
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Ocean City, Maryland The Ocean City Reef Foundation donated $1000.00 to support Building Conservation Trust and CCA Maryland’s ongoing volunteer efforts for Chesapeake oyster reef restoration work. OCRF is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1997.  Captain Monty Hawkins, owner of the party boat Morning Star and president of the OC Reef Foundation, specializes in precision fishing of natural, … Read more

Tangier Sound Reef Project Underway

December 28, 2016
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Efforts are underway to restore marine habitat while improving fishing opportunities for recreational fisherman in the Chesapeake Bay.  Coastal Conservation Association’s (CCA’s) national marine habitat program, the Building Conservation Trust (BCT), has partnered with CCA Maryland, the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiation (MARI), Rinker Materials and Engel Coolers to add several hundred tons of concrete structure to the … Read more

How can your School or Organization help restore Habitat?

December 17, 2016
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Put your talents to work! CCA’s Living Reef Action Campaign is an educational and restoration campaign that offers a variety of opportunities for community organizations, public & private school classes, and corporate teams to play a role in oyster restoration.  CCA and BCT members are proud of the innovative work this project continues to demonstrate through its efforts … Read more

Costa Fisheries Symposium Attendee’s enjoy a Habitat Presentation

December 17, 2016
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The Habitat Committee provided attendee’s at this past months 2016 COSTA Fisheries Symposium with a recap of 2016’s projects, progress report on the Living Reef Action Campaign and what’s being planned for 2017. view a PDF copy of the presentation now By helping CCA Maryland’s Habitat Committee build new funding opportunities, you are helping Building Conservation Trust tackle new marine … Read more

Early Monitoring Shows Successful Growth

December 16, 2016
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What began as a community project designed to play a role in habitat restoration, has grown to engaging more than 1000 students across the state in habitat restoration STEM activities.  Students begin by learning in the classroom the history of the Chesapeake eastern oyster and the important role they can play in restoration.  Then, these classes get their hands dirty by constructing … Read more