Habitat

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.

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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

Marine Habitat Monument Celebrates Reefing Partnership

December 16, 2016
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UNION BRIDGE, MARYLAND – The Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA Maryland), CCA’s national habitat program the Building Conservation Trust (BCT), and Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) recognized the efforts of Lehigh Cement Company for their collaborative effort to help restore, preserve and protect the Chesapeake Bay’s population of eastern oysters and their reefs. Lehigh supports … Read more

CCA Partners with York County History Center

September 16, 2016
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An Arts & Food Experience CCA Maryland Central Region Chapter is once again proud to be partnering with the York Water Company and York County History Center for their upcoming oyster festival. Oysters were a significant part of diets for york county colonials and for the past 42 years, York City has hosted a festival to … Read more

Tilghman Island Reef Site Coordinates

September 13, 2016
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Increased Exposure for BCT

September 12, 2016
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Friends of the Building Conservation Trust, With the help of our supporters and partners, the Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program, the Building Conservation Trust (BCT) has been able to make some incredible advances and progress towards restoring and conserving marine habitat over the past few years! To date, we have funded 37 large scale … Read more

Community Festival Benefits Habitat Restoration

September 12, 2016
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www.OYSTERSTROLLMD.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 15, 2016 Community Festival Benefits Restoration Each year the Central Region Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland (CCA MD) partners with the city of Westminster Maryland to host a free city wide Oyster Stroll. The festival benefits CCA MD’s award winning oyster restoration project, the Living Reef … Read more

Reef balls make maiden deployment for oyster habitat

July 29, 2016
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By:   Christina Jedra, Contact Reporter, Capital Gazette July 29, 2016 The Coastal Conservation Association and Chesapeake Bay Foundation deployed 72 artificial reef balls on an artificial oyster reef off the coast of Tilghman Island on Thursday afternoon. Teamwork from Maryland conservationist — from elementary schoolers to nonprofit workers — could result in new oyster habitat, … Read more