Coastal Conservation Association Alabama Accomplishments

  • CCA Alabama was the first chapter founded outside of Texas in 1982
  •  Only non profit in Alabama dedicated strictly to conservation of marine resources
  • Supported regulation to enact game fish status for blue and white marlin, sued to have them classified as overfished and to prevent overfishing by long liners; and helped draft and pass the first ever comprehensive long line management bill in Congress
  • Supported regulation to enact game fish status for speckled trout and redfish (1984)
  • Supported closure of Blakeley and Appalachee Rivers to shrimping (1987)
  •  Trained over 125 Coast Watch volunteers and instituted a reward program for persons who are instrumental in the arrest of those involved in violating laws designed to protect our marine resources.
  • Worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service to better manage our offshore fish populations
  • Supported regulation to enact game fish status and a tag program for tarpon (1993)
  • Supported closure of shrimping on shallow grass beds in Mobile Bay (2004)
  • Opposed potential drilling of a shallow gas well in Grand Bay by Duncan Oil (2005)
  • Helped finance the building of a 3,000 ton inshore reef north of Ono Island (2006)
  • Opposed construction of two open loop LNG terminals in the Gulf of Mexico off Alabama (2006)
  • Supported legislation to buy out licenses of active gill netters and to not allow new licenses to be issued (2008)
  • Supported regulation on size and creel limit for founder (2008)
  • Initiated the CCA Alabama license tag which allocates 75% of all proceeds to marine habitat projects (2009)
  • Supported increasing the limits of fines for fisheries violations
  • Donated $81,500 to build the Bayou Cour Reef in Mobile Bay in conjunction with the Alabama Marine Resource Division (2012)
  • Provided annual scholarships to Dauphin Island Sea Lab students since 1988
  • Supported Regulation on size and creel limits for sheepshead and blackfish (2012)
  • Supported the Rigs to Reef program and opposed the Idle Iron imitative to remove idle offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico that provide habitat for marine fish (2012)
  • Donated $150,000 to Inshore and Offshore reef projects in Alabama waters in conjunction with the Alabama
  • Marine Resource Division (2013)
  • Funded Tarpon study with the University of South Alabama to determine the migration of mature tarpon off the coast of Alabama in 2014 with additional tags purchased for 2015.
  • Bernie Heggeman Memorial reef off of Dauphin Island with an expected completion date during 2016 (CCA ‘s estimated contribution for this project is close to $140,000)
  •  Funded portion of MRD’s K-9 program for enforcement department (2015)
  • Partnered with Alabama Wildlife Federation and Alabama Marine Resources to develop the AL Reefs artificial reef plan and website www.alreefs.com to assist with securing more funding for AL reef program. The plan has received $12,500,000 through the National Fish and Wildlife Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.