2017 Kid’s Fishing Derby 8:30 May 27

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

Saturday May 27
Free!
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

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

Our Mission

CCA-GA is the Georgia affiliate of the Coastal Conservation Association, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with over 100,000 members. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of our coastal marine resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. On a local, state and national level, CCA initiates scientific studies, funds marine-science scholarships, builds artificial reefs, creates finfish hatcheries, monitors the quality and quantity of freshwater inflows, supports local marine law enforcement, helps establish game fish status for recreational species, supports pro-fisheries legislation, battles arbitrary no-fishing zones, seeks to implement bycatch reduction regulations and works to prohibit destructive commercial fishing gear.

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

Group Creek Artificial Reef

ENCHANCEMENT OF THE TROUP CREEK INSHORE ARTIFICIAL REEF IN GLYNN COUNTY, SAINT SIMONS ESTUARY

Concrete/PVC attractors will be placed inside steel drum frames and deployed on the reef to resurrect the original reef, much of which has been

Savannah Reef Habitat Enhancement

One of the four 2015-2016 Habitat Enhancement Projects recently completed

ENHANCEMENT OF THE
SAVANNAH REEF
6 NAUTICAL MILES
SOUTHEAST OF TYBEE
ISLAND

The project will involve
deployment of 192 poultry
transport cages and other
suitable materials.