2017 Kid’s Fishing Derby 8:30 May 27

Come join us for the 2017 CCA Kid’s Fishing Derby!

Saturday May 27
Registration: 8:30 – 9:00
Fishing: 9:00 – 10:30
Prizes: 11:00 prizes awarded by age group: 3-5, 6-8- 9-11, 12-15 years old

Kids ages 3-15 who reside with or are guests of Landings Residents.
An adult must accompany kids & stay with them during the event.
Lagoon #56, behind the Fire House in Oakridge, near crossover bridge on Westcross at Log Landing.

Our goal is to help kids learn to enjoy fishing, promote sportsmanship, conservation,
and provide family fun. We’ll be fishing for bluegills and bass

What to Bring: Fishing gear and bait. Bandy’s Bait Shop, located at the Rodney J. Hall boat ramp at the base of the Skidaway Island Bridge, sells worms and crickets.

Complimentary fishing poles and bait will be available at the event on a first come basis. Volunteers will be available to assist with rigging and fish handling.

Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. You may also want a hat,
sunscreen, chair, bug spray and water.

CONDUCTED BY: Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Skidaway Island Chapter, with help from The Landings Association (TLA)
SPONSORED BY: Landlovers, CBE Group (Ginna Carroll, Jill Brooks, Pat Ewaldsen) of The Landings Company, Southern Motors Honda, David Pence/Allstate, The Omelette House, Bass Pro Shops, Bandy’s Bait Shop, TLA, KIWANIS, Zebco, GA Dept. of Natural Resources, Friends of Leonard DaCamara, CCA, along with your Individual and Business Tax Deductible Donations
Rain Date: Sunday May 28th Registration 2:30 – 3:00 Fishing 3:00 – 4:30 Prizes Awarded 5:00

For additional information call Tom Rood at 598-9753

2017 Sapelo Oyster Roast & Membership Appreciation Event

The Sapelo Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Georgia is having its 2nd Annual Oyster Roast on Saturday, February 25th, 2017! We’ll have food, beverages, a few raffle items and lots of fun! To make your reservation or get additional information, contact Russell Kent (rkent51@yahoo.com). We’re asking both active members and future members to make reservations…gotta make sure we don’t run out of oysters! Also, please let me know if you would like to volunteer to help with the cooking.

WHAT: Local oysters and clams accompanied by specialty dishes provided by some of our special people. We’ll also have beer, wine and sweet tea!

WHEN: Saturday, February 25th from 6-9 P.M

WHERE: Delta Plantation Clubhouse on Harris Neck (contact Russell if you need directions)

Active CCA Members: Free! Includes food and beverages for you and your spouse or guest
Future CCA Members: $30 individual; includes food, beverages and one year membership.
$40 couple; includes food, beverages and one year membership for one person.

CONTACT: Russell Kent; cell phone (912) 506-2150; rkent51@yahoo.com

You’re welcome to BYOB and we’ll gladly include any appetizers, sides or main dishes if you want to share your culinary talents. We’ll have plenty so please don’t feel obligated to bring anything….just come and have a great time!


Habitat License Plate

Georgia’s Marine Habitat License Plate

During the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, members of the Coastal Conservation Association spearheaded an effort to get coastal legislators to amend Georgia law to authorize a new specialty motor vehicle license plate. Representative Alex Atwood of St. Simons Island and Senator Ben Watson of Savannah shepherded House Bill 736 through the legislative process, and Governor Deal signed it into law during May. A portion of the proceeds from sale of this plate will fund marine habitat enhancement along the Georgia coast.

How much will it cost?
The license plate will cost $25 in addition to the regular tag fees.

Where does the money go?
The first year $19 will go into the marine habitat enhancement fund, $1 will go to the issuing tag office and $5 to the state treasury.

The second year and every year after $20 will go into the marine habitat enhancement fund and $5 to the state treasury.

What will the money be used for?
Funds from sales of this license plate will be used in combination with Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration and donations from businesses, private individuals, and conservation groups such as the Coastal Conservation Association to enhance habitats used by a variety of marine species.

Potential projects include:
Oyster reef creation

Construction of man-made fishing reefs along the shorelines of Georgia’s tidal rivers and creeks

Construction of man-made reefs in the Atlantic Ocean

When your plates are due for renewal, just go to your County Tag Office and request the Marine Habitat license plate.

For more information, see the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Website

Bulloch County Chapter Banquet February 9, 2017

Mark your calendars and reserve your corporate tables now!

CCA Bulloch County Banquet and Auction
Thursday, February 9, 2017
6:00 PM
The Bell House
380 Westside Rd
Statesboro, GA 30458

$60,00 Per Person
Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks

$1,000.00 Corporate Tables of 8

Eight banquet tickets (each includes CCA annual membership with subscription to the award-winning TIDE magazine)
Advertising in the banquet program and other CCA favors
2 Raffle Packages
Plus an Engel 25

$500.00 Corporate Tables of 4

Four banquet tickets (each includes CCA annual membership with subscription to the award-winning TIDE magazine)
Advertising in the banquet program and other CCA favors
1 Raffle Package
Plus 2 30 oz Engel Tumblers

Bulloch County Chapter Being Formed

Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 11.02.28 AMWe’re in the process of forming a new chapter in Statesboro, GA – the officers have stepped forward and we will finalize the formation of the chapter in the next week or so. We’re excited that these folks are coming onboard! Stay Tuned!

Atlanta Chapter Announces 2016 Banquet

Mark your calendars and reserve your corporate tables now!Atlanta Banquet Flyer 2016 B

CCA Atlanta Annual Banquet and Auction
Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:00 PM
SweetWater Brewing Company
195 Ottley Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

$1,000.00 Corporate Tables of 8

Eight banquet tickets (each includes CCA annual membership with subscription to the award-winning TIDE magazine)
Advertising in the banquet program and other CCA favors
Plus choice of Yeti 65QT Cooler with CCA logo or Yeti Hopper 20 (without CCA logo) 
for table purchaser

$600.00 Corporate Tables of 4

Four banquet tickets (each includes CCA annual membership with subscription to the award-winning TIDE magazine)
Advertising in the banquet program and other CCA favors
Plus choice of Yeti 65QT Cooler with CCA logo or Yeti Hopper 20 (without CCA logo) 
for table purchaser

Please denote your cooler selection by 6/30/16.


CCA Atlanta 2016 Annual Banquet and Auction
Click Here For Printable Flyer


Call To Action – The Shrinking Red Snapper Season – Let Your Voice Be Heard!

slide1 Call to Action CCA of Georgia Members Urged to Assist Our Gulf State Neighbors! Recreational fishermen along the Gulf of Mexico have been crowded into a very small corner when it comes to the red snapper fishery. NOAA has already awarded 70% of the commercial fishery to 55 individuals who do not even fish. These “Sea Lords” lease their rights to commercial fishermen for huge sums of money. That in itself is mind-boggling but the next move was to implement “sector separation” via Amendment 40 which split the recreational fishery into two groups: Charter operators and private recreational fishermen. These two groups, who previously were the best of friends, are now at odds with one another and fighting for table scraps, with the big dog, the charter for hire group coming away with the lion’s share of those scraps. Charter operators have been awarded 46 days in which they may take customers out to catch red snapper while the private fishermen have been crowded into a 9 day season which spans only one weekend. It gets worse. Sector separation was set up with a sunset provision that would end the practice of pitting fishermen against one another after 3 years. However, the charter operators are moving to have it extended indefinitely. This drives the private fisherman further into an ever shrinking corner. The charter operators are well organized, funded and focused, while the private fisherman is focused on his job and family and not nearly as in tune with this truly absurd process that is crowding them out of the fishery. That’s where CCA comes in with the power of its’ 115,000 members as the voice of the recreational fisherman. Why should we, as Georgians, be concerned about what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico? There are several reasons. First of all, many Georgians make the short trip to Gulf waters on a regular basis. Next, if this type of weed is allowed to foster in our neighbor’s yard it is only a matter of time before the seeds blow across onto our turf. Thankfully, at the urging of members of CCA of Georgia’s Government Relations Committee and others, several of Georgia’s Congressmen have signed onto H. R. 3094 as sponsors. Rep. Buddy Carter, Rep. Austin Scott and Rep. Jody Hice all are onboard.

Please take another moment to read the CCA News Release below and take action on this important legislation aimed at protecting your future access to all fisheries.

Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia

Nine-day red snapper season makes the case for state management Anglers urged to contact Congressmen to support HR 3094 Last week, NOAA Fisheries announced that the 2016 federal red snapper season for private recreational anglers – those fishing from private boats – will last just nine days, opening on June 1 at 12:01 a.m. and closing on June 10 at 12:01 a.m. , local time. The season for the federally permitted for-hire component will be 46 days, while the commercial red snapper season runs year-round using its privatized catch share system. The entire nine-day federal season this year includes a single weekend for families and friends to pursue the popular fish. It is the shortest season on record despite the fact that the total allowable catch of red snapper in the Gulf is the largest in the history of the species under management. This is as good as federal management gets for private recreational anglers. Nine days . Federal management has created a class of commercial Sea Lords (55 commercial operators who own more than 70 percent of the commercial harvest) and spurred development of hybrid ” catch share experience ” trips, in which charter operators lease fish from commercial harvesters to sell to recreational anglers. It has produced convoluted measures that are seen nowhere else in the management of wildlife in this country. Not in ducks or deer or bass. With the federal government now focused on private ownership programs for industrial harvesters and the charter/for-hire sector, the ability of recreational anglers to be a part of the process is being eliminated There is a better way. HR. 3094 , sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), would transfer authority for the entire red snapper fishery to the Gulf states. The state fisheries directors for the five Gulf states are professional stewards of the resource, with extensive training in wildlife management in general and marine science in particular. They know what they are doing. Their state-based management plan for red snapper is based on concepts they have used so successfully on species like red drum and speckled trout in the Gulf. Neither of those fisheries were subjected to privatization schemes and the states still managed to provide an unprecedented level of access for their citizens. All have been cited as tremendous conservation success stories. The federal government has had decades to get red snapper management right and has given recreational anglers a nine-day season . The answer to complicated fishery problems cannot be to funnel access through fewer and fewer for-profit entities and leave everyone else tied to the dock. It’s time to let the states finally provide the remedy.

Please take a moment to click the link below and encourage your Congressmen to support HR 3094. Let’s put red snapper management in the hands of people who know how to manage both for the greatest conservation of the resource and greatest access for the public. Click the link below to log in and send your message: www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/NJshCf8t0t8DwrOUuDD92w Coastal Conservation Association Georgia 2807 A Roger Lacey Drive Savannah GA, 31404 (912) 927-0280 www.ccaga.org Copyright © 20XX. All Rights Reserved. Coastal Conservation Association Georgia , 2807 Roger Lacey Drive Suite A , Savannah , GA 31404 SafeUnsubscribe™ t.e.rood@comcast.net Forward this email | Update Profile | About our service provider Sent by sbarkley@ccaga.org in collaboration with Try it free today

Chuck Smith and Sons 2016 Fly Fishing Trip

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 1.54.31 PMChuck Smith, life member of CCA and director of development, volunteer coordinator and special projects director  for the Skidaway Chapter took his three sons fly fishing on the Green River below the Flaming Gorge Dam near Dutch John, Utah in late April. This is the 21st annual trip for Chuck and his sons, and … to be continued