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Time for ASMFC to Stand Firm for Menhaden

February 2, 2018
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By: David Sikorski, Executive Director As any good angler knows, Atlantic menhaden are anything but a pisciverous predator.  Rather they are the foundation of the regional food web, and an abundant source of protein for many important gamefish like striped bass, bluefish, king mackerel and even some tuna species. To date, they have been managed … Read more

CCA Maryland announces the hiring of its new Executive Director

February 3, 2017
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CCA Maryland is proud to announce the hiring of David Sikorski as its next Executive Director.  David officially joins us after more than a decade of work as a volunteer with the association.   David’s background makes him a strong choice to lead our state chapter. He is native Marylander, a passionate and experienced sportsman, and … Read more

JR Whitsell appointed to Vice Chairman of Habitat Committee

January 3, 2017
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Westminster, Maryland JR Whitsell has been appointed to serve as the Vice Chairman of CCA Maryland’s Habitat Committee.  JR, who owns Jigged Up Customs, has been a long time supporter  of CCA Maryland and a committed volunteer to supporting the growing habitat efforts across the state.  His Jigged Up Customs business ( is a local … Read more

Pat Murray, President CCA National, to Speak at Maryland State Board Meeting

July 18, 2016
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Join us for the 2016 summer board meeting. As always, CCA Maryland will provide a fantastic dinner and great camaraderie. There will be presentations by our GRC Team, Executive Director, Habitat Committee and Treasurer. Guest speaker will be Pat Murray, President CCA National! Social hour begins at 6 p.m. Meeting starts promptly at 7 p.m. … Read more

Carroll County Times Article

March 16, 2016
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Carefully smoothing out concrete inside a bell-shaped structure with a rubber mallet, Francis Scott Key High School senior and masonry student Sarah Kramer worked with Chesapeake Bay Foundation employees Wednesday afternoon to create reef balls at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster. The reef balls are part of the Coastal Conservation Association … Read more

Bay Journal on the Sustainable Oyster Harvest Act of 2016

March 11, 2016
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Proposed oyster study draws watermen’s ire How many oysters can be safely taken from the Chesapeake Bay year after year without threatening the long-term survival of the ecologically and economically important shellfish? That’s a question some lawmakers in Annapolis want answered. A bill heard this week by a Senate committee would require scientists to determine … Read more

PropTalk on TieFest

February 24, 2016
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CCA Lefty Kreh Tie Fest February 23, 2016 The Coastal Conservation Association’s (CCA) 16th Annual Lefty Kreh Tie Fest was held on February 20 at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, MD. This is the third year the event has been combined with the Light Tackle and Kayak Fest. CCA really puts on a great event … Read more

Menhaden Management Board moves to increase harvest Anglers cautiously optimistic management still moving in right direction Posted on May 06, 2015

May 14, 2015
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Menhaden Management Board moves to increase harvest Anglers cautiously optimistic management still moving in right direction Posted on May 06, 2015   ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Menhaden Management Board approved a 10 percent increase in the total allowable catch (TAC) of menhaden for 2015 and 2016 to 187,880 metric tons … Read more