Central Region Chapter

The Central Region Chapter was formed in 2014 and has been making an impact since. The Chapter started the Living Reef Action Campaign (LRAC), which has grown into the flagship habitat and outreach model for the State by engaging the community to spread awareness of the difference we can make at a local level. 

In mid-2016, CCA Maryland and the Central Region Chapter sunk its inaugural "living reef" just off Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Just five months later, evidence of new life and substantial oyster growth was captured when researchers checked in on the reef on their initial dive. The reef has been expanded since with the same results.

The chapter has engaged thousands of students and community members through in-class education and hands-on projects. As a result, the Chapter has won several awards and been recognized with a citation from the Governor of Maryland. Each year the Chapter hosts two youth fishing derbies to enable children to get outdoors. The Chapter holds meetings monthly (except in the Summer months) typically in Westminster, Mt. Airy or Frederick.

Save the Date

Saturday April 7th, 2018
Central Region Chapter’s Pigs & Prawns Dinner & Benefit

Central Region Chapter Events

Central Region Chapter Team

Ron Buffington

Chapter President


Ron was born and raised in Carroll County Md but now resides in Carroll Valley Pa and works at Lehigh Portland Cement company in Union Bridge Maryland. Ron has been an avid outdoorsman his whole life, primarily fishing for large and smallmouth Bass. A few years ago he made the switch to saltwater fishing. He instantly developed a passion for it. Shortly after his switch to saltwater fishing he joined CCA Maryland to meet other like minded fisherman and contribute back to the resource.

Mike Wissel

Chapter Vice President


Mike Wissel is the Vice President and co-founder of the Central Region Chapter of CCA MD. He also serves as the Chairman of the State’s Management Committee and as the Vice Chairman of the State’s Board of Directors. Mike was born and raised in Baltimore County Maryland and works for an Investment Advisor. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and is actively involved in CCA MD’s habitat and youth programs in his children’s school system. And, of course, Mike enjoys all manner of fishing - - from jigging saltwater species like striped bass to casting the local reservoirs for bass to fly fishing for trout in our local streams.

Jaime Buffington

Vice President

Alston Shipley

Vice President

Central Region Chapter Sponsors

Coastal Conservation Association Maryland