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.

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

CCA Maryland & BCT Reef Ball Deployment

July 18, 2016
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Join CCA Maryland & Building Conservation Trust on the Chesapeake Bay July 28th at Noon as we deploy our first load of 72 Reef Balls all seeded with Oyster spat at Tilghman Island artificial reef site. For questions about our upcoming reef ball deployment, Contact Rick Elyar at 410-977-3782 or relyar@www.ccamd.org Coordinates: 38° 41′ 32.295″ … Read more

Kenny Teams with Engel Coolers to Keep No Shoes Nation Cool

July 18, 2016
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Kenny’s commitment to the world’s waters is as deep as his commitment to the No Shoes Nation. Having kicked off the No Shoes Reefs project in the St. Johns River, he wanted to find new ways to bring awareness, through the No Shoes Nation and tailgating together – and reached out to ENGEL, the original … Read more

ABC2 News Features Students & CCA Reef Ball Program

July 18, 2016
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Fourth graders at Linton Springs Elementary School helped build 20 concrete reef balls as part of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland’s Living Reef Action Campaign.  The reef balls will provide habitat for oysters to begin rebuilding a reef.  Right now, oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is at less than 1 percent of its … Read more

Anne Arundel County students gain concrete skills by building oyster reef balls

July 18, 2016
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By: Christina Jedra Contact Reporter: cjedra@capgaznews.com Masonry students at the Center for Applied Technology North in Severn already have brick laying, concrete mixing and wall building on their resumes. This week, they added reef ball construction. Junior and senior students learned on Wednesday how to make concrete balls on which baby oysters can latch. The gumdrop-shaped … Read more