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  • WIN A BRAND NEW HELL'S BAY GLADES SKIFF OR $10,000 CASH! hells-bay 2015 raffle


    Hell's Bay Boatworks, the Official Shallow Water Skiff of CCA Florida, has done it again! This year the prize is a brand new Glades Skiff, complete with a 25HP Yamaha motor and aluminum trailer. One lucky winner will take their choice of the boat, motor and trailer package or $10,000 in cash!**

    Purchase Tickets Online  Hell's Bay Website

    ** Winner will receive a Hell’s Bay Boatworks Glades Skiff complete with a 25 HP Yamaha motor and a custom aluminum trailer OR $10,000 CASH. Drawing to be held October 1, 2015 between 7:00 and 10:00 PM at the Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789. Winner need not be present to win. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. Prize donated by Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Yamaha. Prize is offered “as is” at time of drawing. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate. $25 each (suggested minimum donation) The drawing is being conducted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida whose principle place of business is 4061 Forrestal Avenue, Suite 8, Orlando, Florida 32806.

  • About CCA Florida

    CCA Florida is a statewide, non-profit marine organization working in an advocacy role to protect the state's marine resources and interests of saltwater anglers. Comprised of 30 local chapters from Pensacola to Key West, we support strong, resource-based law enforcement, access to the resource for recreational fishing, and strong and fairly-balanced fishery regulations to protect state and federal fish stocks. CCA Florida is one of 17 state chapters of the Coastal Conservation Association.

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  • Mar10 Demo Image The stated purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.

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  • WIN A CONTENDER 28' Tournament Edition Center Console Or $75,000 CASH!CONTENDER-RAFFLE


    Contender, the Official Offshore Boat of CCA Florida, has donated a 2015 Contender 28’ Tournament Edition Center Console, complete with twin 200 HP Yamaha motors and aluminum AmeraTrail trailer. One lucky winner will take their choice of the boat package or $75,000 in cash!**

    Purchase Tickets Online  Contender Website

    **Winner will receive a Contender 28 Tournament complete with twin 200 HP Yamaha motors and a custom aluminum trailer OR $75,000 CASH. Drawing to be held on October 22, 2015 between 7:00 and 10:00 PM at the Treetop Ballroom, Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Tr. Miami, FL 33132. Winner need not be present to win. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. Limit of 4 tickets per person. Prize donated by Contender Boats Inc. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate. Tickets are $100 each (suggested minimum donation). The drawing is being conducted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida whose principle place of business is 4061 Forrestal Avenue, Suite 8, Orlando, Florida 32806.

  • 2014 cca florida black diamondYou're invited to the 7th Annual CCA Florida - Black Diamond Experience

    CCA Florida has the distinct privilege of partnering with the award winning Black Diamond Quarry Course for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament. If you have always wanted to play this strictly private course, now is your chance. Please reserve early as we are sure to have a full field for this year's tournament.

    Black Diamond Ranch
    2600 West Black Diamond Circle, Lecanto, FL
    Monday, December 7, 2015

    9:00AM - Registration & Free Range Balls
    11:00AM - Shotgun Start

    Hole In One Challenge prizes include:
    $20,000 Cash - Set of Clubs - Round Trip Airfare for Two

    Longest drive contest, closest to pin contest, Live Auction & Raffle.

    Sponsorships are available starting at $200. Call for details

    Foursome entries are just $1,000 and includes the Black Diamond experience, range balls, green's fee, cart, boxed lunch and Awards Dinner. For additional information, Please contact Adam Miller (941) 270-0895 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • 2015 CCA Florida Inter-Chapter Challenge
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    June 26 and 27, 2015
    River Palm Cottages
    and Fish Camp

     Included in your entry fee are Texas Cattle Company dinners Friday and Saturday night, tournament T-shirt and goody bag. Other events include the Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament Friday night plus raffles all weekend. The 2014 tournament had 197 registered anglers and we are expecting an even larger turnout in 2015. Bring the boat, bring the family and come have some fun CCA style!

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  • WIN A BRAND NEW PATHFINDER 2200 TRS OR $25,000 CASH!Pathfiner 2200 web


    Pathfinder, the Official Bay Boat of CCA Florida, has donated another brand new Pathfinder 2200TRS, complete with a 150HP Yamaha motor and aluminum AmeraTrail trailer. One lucky winner will take their choice of the boat package or $25,000 in cash!**

    Purchase Tickets Online  Pathfinder Website

    **Winner will receive a Pathfinder 2200TRS complete with a 150 HP Yamaha motor and a Custom AmeraTrail aluminum trailer OR $25,000 CASH. Drawing to be held on February 26, 2015 between 7:00 and 10:00 PM at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, FL 34221.Winner need not be present to win. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. Limit of 4 tickets per person. Prize donated by Maverick Boat Company. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate. Tickets are $50 each (suggested minimum donation). The drawing is being conducted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida whose principle place of business is 4061 Forrestal Avenue, Suite 8, Orlando, Florida 32806.

  • CCAFL star tournament

    Coming Soon!

    Eighty specially tagged redfish are the STAR attraction in the inaugural CCA Florida State-wide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo (STAR). The kick-off is at sunrise on Saturday, May 23, 2015, Memorial Day weekend and ends at 5 p.m., September 7, 2015, Labor Day offering participants a total of 101 fishing days! This will be one of the most angler inclusive tournaments in the state of Florida and will provide all anglers an opportunity to participate. With nearly $500,000 in prizes, STAR anticipates recruiting over 4,500 participants, who will each have an opportunity to win, making it Florida’s largest saltwater fishing tournament.

    STAR Florida is a Catch & Photo tournament designed to educate the general public about the importance of conservation of Florida’s marine resources. The format encourages sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fishery resources for future viability and availability for all recreational anglers.

Speak Out Against Amendment 40!

If Amendment 40 passes, it is likely that up to 75 percent of the entire Gulf red snapper fishery will be privately held, for private profit.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next few weeks on a dangerous privatization scheme for Gulf red snapper (see full schedule below). Reef Fish Amendment 40 - Sector Separation proposes to separate charter/for-hire businesses from the recreational sector and give personalized allotments of red snapper to use as their own.

The concept has been cast as a reasonable response to a broken federal management system, but it is a perilous development for recreational angling as it represents a huge step in the privatization of our fisheries.

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CCA Florida Grassroots Alert!

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CCA FLORIDA

GRASSROOTS ALERT!

Gulf Red Snapper Recreational Fishing Workshops will be held this month

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to hear from you!

 

They are asking how to better manage the recreational fishery. Some of the topics will include Sector Separation, Individual Fishing Quota’s, and Regional Management.

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Public Hearing Locations

All hearings will start at 6pm

 

July 28: Pensacola, Pensacola City Hall (2nd-floor Hagler Mason room), 222 W. Main St.

 

July 29: Destin, Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave.

 

July 30: Panama City, Florida State University – Panama City, lecture hall of Holley Center, 4750 Collegiate Drive

 

July 31: Carrabelle, Carrabelle City Hall cafeteria, 1001 Gray Ave.

 

Aug. 11: St. Petersburg, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 3rd-floor conference room, 100 Eighth Ave. SE.

 

CCA believes sector separation is simply a continuation of policies that address the symptoms of failed management without offering solutions that work for all components of the fishery. By creating an entirely new sector using only suspect past catch history, federal managers are just repeating the mistakes of the past and catering to the least economically beneficial aspects of the fishery. Under the current proposal, specific charter/for-hire operators could receive 54% of the recreational Red Snapper quota, while private anglers will likely not have a federal season at all as soon as next year.

 

Individual fishing quota’s (IFQ’s) give a public resource to an individual business to use as its own. IFQs will further privatize the red snapper fishery, 51 percent of which is already held privately by commercial harvesters. IFQs are expressly designed to reduce capacity. Once implemented, it is inevitable that the charter/for-hire industry will begin radical consolidation, further reducing access to this public resource. IFQs are a commercial management tool that has no business in a mixed-use fishery. Should a fundamentally flawed federal management system be allowed to privatize public resources that benefit some user groups and penalize others?

 

Regional Management is an option that would allow the states to tailor the management of marine resources like red snapper beyond state waters. Unlike the federal system, the states have shown a superior ability to manage wildlife resources for the greatest benefit of their citizens and have shown a much greater understanding of recreational fisheries. Regional management would allow each state to determine how best to manage its natural resources using the tools that have worked so well for species such as red drum, speckled trout, and snook.

 

If you are not able to attend one of these workshops please send in your comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information please contact Trip Aukeman CCA Director of Advocacy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  

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CCA Comments on Alabama EFP Request

July 16, 2014
Dr. Steve Branstetter
Southeast Regional Office
NMFS
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

Dear Dr. Branstetter,

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) for the Alabama For-Hire red snapper fishery, which has been extensively debated by the Gulf Council. We feel compelled to note that the Council’s Reef Fish Committee originally voted 5-4 to recommend that NOAA Fisheries deny this permit. The vote of the full Council to overturn the Committee’s recommendation shows the level of disagreement and controversy related to managing this troubled fishery by exempted fishing permit.

The nine-day recreational season for red snapper in 2014 was a convoluted product of a flawed federal law, outdated allocations and inappropriate management tools for the recreational sector. It was, however, ideal for creating the conditions for some charter/for-hire operators to be receptive to the lure of individual fishing quota programs for that industry. We have noted the careful avoidance of promoting this and other similar schemes as catch share programs, but that is certainly what they are, and we question whether the larger for-hire industry has been made fully aware of the inevitable economic outcome. Since catch share programs are expressly designed to reduce capacity, we are opposed to such programs in the recreational sector since they reduce access to red snapper.  In addition, it is very possible that for-hire operators who feel compelled by current circumstances to favor this course of action today could find themselves out of the fishery entirely within just a few years. This aspect of IFQ programs should be emphasized by Council staff at least as energetically as the possible benefits for the select few winners.

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