CCA September Meeting – Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

CCA – September Meeting/Seminar

Grays ReefGray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest near-shore “live-bottom” reefs of the southeastern United States, will be the focus of the CCA of Skidaway’s June meeting and seminar to be held on Monday, September 14, at St. Peter’s Church beginning at 7:00 pm. Featured speaker Cathy Sakas, a professional interpretive naturalist and founding chair of the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, will discuss how the Reef relates to Coastal Georgia.

Gray’s Reef is currently the only protected natural reef area on the continental shelf off the Georgia coast and one of only a few natural marine protected areas in the ocean between Cape Hatteras, NC and Cape Canaveral, FL. The approximately 22 square mile sanctuary (about 14,000 acres, located 16 miles east of Sapelo Island between Savannah and Brunswick) of Gray’s Reef is just a small part of the U.S. territorial Atlantic Ocean, yet its value as a natural marine habitat is recognized nationally and internationally. While direct access to the reef requires experience in open-ocean diving, the Sanctuary is popular with recreational anglers, boaters and more experienced divers.

Cathy Sakas’s lifelong love of the ocean began at age three when a huge wave knocked her face flat onto the beach thereby sealing her respect for the ocean’s awe-inspiring power and fostering a lifelong fascination of it and ultimately advocacy for it. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.Ed. in Science from Armstrong State University. Beginning her career in 1976 as a professional interpretive naturalist, she specialized in ocean and coastal environments while leading educational wilderness expeditions into remote tropical and sub-tropical environs. She has served as Education Coordinator of NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, has been certified as a pilot of one-person submersible DeepWorker 2000, and been an Aquanaut, spending nine days in Aquarius, an underwater habitat, to research coral reefs off Key Largo. She’s a co-founder of Ocean Exchange and founding chair of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, raising thousands of dollars to support ocean science, education, and ocean and coastal issues.

Cathy has co-produced and hosted two Emmy winning nature documentary series called Coastal Naturalist for Georgia Public Television and co-produced a third single program entitled Secret Seashores, which GPTV still uses as a fund raiser to this day. She also hosted and served as the consulting naturalist for a multiple Telly award winning nature series of 66 programs for Turner Broadcasting’s Turner South entitled The Natural South.

CCA is a non-profit organization with chapters on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. For more information about CCA of Skidaway contact Joe Tyson, 598-8765. For more information about CCA’s Georgia District, contact Tom Rood, 598-9753. For information about this month’s meeting and seminar, contact Rich Hackett, 598­-9185. Area residents are invited to attend the CCA of Skidaway meetings and seminars held on the second Monday of the month at St. Peter’s Church.

CCA Georgia Supports Seatrout Regulation Change

COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA 
SUPPORTS SEATROUT REGULATION CHANGE
                              
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is holding hearings regarding a proposal to change the minimum possession size for spotted seatrout from 13 inches to 14 inches.  The attached announcement from DNR explains the proposed change.
 
CCAGA supports this proposed rule change.  Along with our support however is a strong request that the Georgia DNR continue to monitor the abundance of seatrout in Georgia waters so the effect of this rule change may be measured in the next few years.  The Coastal Resources Division of DNR has conducted a Sportfish Population Health Assessment each year for a number of years.  This information plus other abundance data exist so baseline data is available which can be compared with future fish abundance measures.  It is CCAGA’s position that continued regular stock assessment for seatrout is essential for proper management of this resource.

Atlanta Chapter 2015 Banquet – Thursday August 27, 2015

Atlanta Chapter to Hold Banquet at Sweetwater Brewery on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, August 27th at the Sweetwater Brewery. Catering will be provided by Smoke Ring, known throughout the Atlanta area for serving some of the best BBQ in Georgia. Of course, the beer will be provided by the Sweetwater Brewery, and it’s a bottomless cup!

We are limiting our capacity to 190 people, and we expect to sell out, so by your tickets early! Buy a corporate table by calling the State Office at 912-927-0280. We are not selling single and couple tickets this year.

For photos of previous banquets, visit the photo gallery.

Fishing Seminar at Landings Harbor

Landings Harbor and the Skidaway Island Chapter of CCA are hosting

A Fishing Seminar for Landings Residents, Family and Friends

We are partnering with Jack McGowan to provide an in depth presentation that will allow you to experience fishing even if you don’t own a boat. Captain Jack will cover species, bait and gear for fishing just off of our pier, lagoons and the beach to include specific discussions, species, seasons, top and bottom fishing. A question and answer session will follow the presentation and residents can discuss their interests and types local fish that are available in the area.

Bring your rod and reel and meet Captain, Jack McGowan

A Fishing Seminar for Landings Residents, Family and Friends

Adults $10 per person/Children 6 and over $5

Refreshments will be provided

Please contact:  Landings Harbor Marina for Reservations – 598-1901

 

CCA Georgia – Skidaway Chapter

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President: Joe Tyson

Secretary: Paul Kruger

Chapter Treasurer: Pete Calder

Banquet Treasurer: Bill Schwickrath

Membership Chair: Pat Brooks

Conservation & Habitat Chair: Hal Evans

Government Chair: (open)

Special Projects/Chapter Fundraising: Chuck Smith

Board of Directors
Membership Co-Chair – (open)

Publicity – Maryce Cunningham

Banquet Chair – Tom Rood

Electro-Fishing/Seining- Rich Hackett

St. Bd- Advocacy Chair-(open)

Chapter Meeting Chair – Vic Vaccaro

Meeting Raffles/Fishing Clinics- Stan Fater

Kids Fishing Program Chair – Tom Rood

State Bd-Mgmt Committee Chair – John Duren

Rep. to Fishery Management Subcommittee – Hal Evans

Fish Stocking- Dave Devore

Lagoon Structures- Hal Evans

Volunteers- Chuck Smith

TLA/Lagoon Liaison- Sean Burgess

Lagoon Guides and Hats-Chuck Smith

St. Conserv. Habitat Committee- Joe Tyson

Chapter Communications- Linda McCusker

Marina Committee Laiaison w/ CCA-(open)

Unauthorized Lagoon Fishing- Jack Schwind