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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 2014 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 23, 2014 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.

  • 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.

  • 2014 cca florida black diamondYou're invited to the 6th Annual CCA Florida - Black Diamond Experience

    CCA Florida has the distinct privilege of partnering with the award winning Black Diamond Quarry Course for our 6th 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 8, 2014

    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 Mike Modisett (407) 854-7002, Ext. 16 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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 BRAND NEW HELL'S BAY WATERMAN OR $20,000 CASH!cca florida hells bay 2014 boat 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 Waterman, complete with a 70HP Yamaha motor and aluminum trailer. One lucky winner will take their choice of the boat, motor and trailer package or $20,000 in cash!**

     

    Purchase Tickets Online  Hell's Bay Website

     

    ** Winner will receive a Hell’s Bay Boatworks Waterman Skiff complete with a 70 HP Yamaha motor and a custom aluminum trailer OR $20,000 CASH. Drawing to be held October 9, 2014 between 7:00 and 10:00 PM at the Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789Winner 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) Limit of 3 tickets per person.The drawing is being conducted by Coastal Conservation Association Florida whose principle place of business is 4061 Forrestal Avenue, Suite 8, Orlando, Florida 32806.

     

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    Calling All Anglers…
    The latest court victory is a step in the right direction but the fight is far from over. There is a much larger battle ahead! We need to stay focused on this issue and make sure it is put to bed once and for all!! CCA has filed in Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals on the side of the FWC to ask the appellate court to reverse Judge Jackie Lee Fulford’s order allowing gill netting in state waters and will spend every penny necessary to protect the constitutional ban on gill netting.
    Now that gill nets are out of Florida’s waters, for the time being, our attorneys can focus on reversing Judge Fulford’s original order.There will be months of legal maneuvering but, CCA will not rest so long as there is a threat of gill nets making their way back into Florida waters.
    Florida’s recreational anglers are dedicated to protecting Florida’s marine resources and CCA Florida urges everyone to take a moment to contact your state representatives and senators to voice your concerns to ensure that gill nets never make it back in Florida waters.  

    Donate to the Gill Net Ban Legal Fund:

    Sign our Petition

    Join CCA Florida

  • 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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BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK PUBLIC COMMENT

BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK PUBLIC COMMENT

DECEMBER 9th, 10th & 11th

Biscayne National Park will hold three public comment sessions next week concerning its “Supplemental Draft General Management Plan” (GMP). CCA Florida encourages you to attend and voice your opinion. The National Park Service (NPS) GMP contains seven alternatives, two of which are new. Alternatives 6 and 7 each establish a “Special Recreation Zone” (SRZ). Under Alternative 6 the following rules will apply within the SRZ:

  • recreational fishing allowed year round but a special permit will be required:
  • hook and line fishing only
  • no grouper harvest allowed
  • no lobster harvest (recreational or commercial)
  • no spearfishing, with the exception of nonnative lionfish
  • anchoring is prohibited, additional mooring buoys to be installed

 

Under Alternative 6 access to the SRZ will be allowed based upon a limited number of annual permits (430 to recreational fishermen / 70 to guides / none for spear fishing). Alternative 7 is essentially identical to Alternative 6 except that it allows general access to the SRZ, but, it is completely closed to fishing during the summer months.

Alternate 6 is the NPS new preferred alternative and it eliminates the large marine reserve (no fishing zone) that was universally rejected by Florida's recreational anglers. The preferred alternative also removes the large no combustion engine zones and in their place includes slow-speed and no-wake zones.

CCA has concerns with the new preferred alternative offering such a limited number of annual permits. The plan does not require the permit to be used or forfeited; nor, does it allow for the issuance of short-term permits.

Shared permits would allow for more access and should include short duration access for visitors, including out of state anglers that desire to fish the Park as part of their vacation. The Preferred Alternative prohibits anchoring within the SRZ except when attached to a mooring buoy. Since there are very few of these mooring buoys currently in place, users will be effectively prohibited from fishing in many instances. CCA believes the NPS must also include a plan and fund additional mooring buoys to provide realistic access and avoid user conflicts. If, as suggested in the plan, there is concern for the SRZ’s grouper population, descending devices could be required. The NPS should also consider limited access for seasonal trolling for pelagic species.

 The NPS needs to address concerns of those who spearfish or fish east of the Park's boundary and that transit through the Park's SRZ as they return to port. Thus, direct transit through the SRZ with disallowed gear stowed should be permitted.

The NPS will hold three public comment sessions. All interested parties are encouraged to attend at least one of the three identical public meetings as follows:

1. December 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Newman Alumni Center, University of Miami, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL

2. December 10th, 6:00 -9:00 p.m.

City Hall, Commission Chambers, 404 West Palm Drive, Florida City, FL

3. December 11th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Key Largo, 99701 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL

CCA Florida encourages you to attend and voice your concerns regarding the Preferred Alternative. Ask the NPS to increase the number of SRZ permits, set aside a number of permits for shared use including seasonal or split day access and require that permits which are not used within an established time period to be available for reassignment. Tell the NPS that the prohibition on anchoring should not be implemented until funding and installation of mooring buoys is undertaken. The Park Service must also provide for through transit of those who have legally taken fish outside the SRZ.

If you are unable to attend one of the comment sessions, please click here to review the GMP and electronically provide your comments.

 

Rubio Charts Course for Magnuson Reauthorization

Florida senator says next iteration of law cannot ignore recreational community

WASHINGTON, DC (11-15-13) – The latest hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) took an encouraging turn yesterday as it became clear that something must be done to address shortcomings in the law as it relates to the management of recreational fisheries.

“I think the biggest take away from the testimony we will hear today is that Magnuson-Stevens, as currently drafted, simply does not work for the recreational fishing community,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl). “Faced with concerns over allocation and uncertain seasons – in some cases in the South Atlantic, no season at all! – our recreational fishermen have lost any semblance of faith in the federal management system.”

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FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS RULES

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                CONTACT: Ted Forsgren

 

November 6, 2013                                                                                                     (407)702-3567

 

 

FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS RULES

 TO REINSTATE THE STAY AND TAKE GILL NETS BACK OUT OF THE WATER

Late this afternoon the First District Court of Appeals (1st DCA) ruled in favor of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and reinstated the automatic stay that was ordered to be removed by Judge Fulford late last week. The removal of the stay by Judge Fulford allowed commercial netters to wage an assault on our fisheries for almost a week. Commercial netters flocked to Florida from Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina to participate in the gill net assault on Florida’s fisheries. 

BY ORDER OF THE COURT:

The appellant’s motion for reinstatement of automatic stay filed October 31, 2013, is granted, and the automatic stay imposed by Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.310(b)(2) is hereby reinstated. 

The appellees’ motion for certification filed October 23, 2013, is denied 

CCA Florida applauds the FWC for standing up to Judge Fulford’s outrageous ruling and for their efforts to protect Florida’s fisheries from gill nets. Attorney General Pam Bondi and attorney Jonathan Glogau deserve our highest commendation for their strong legal work in quickly stopping the slaughter. 

“This ruling is a step in the right direction but the fight is far from over. There is a much larger battle ahead. We need to stay focused on this issue and make sure it is put to bed once and for all” said CCA Florida Chairman, Jim Williams. CCA has filed in Florida’s 1st DCA on the side of the FWC to ask the appellate court to reverse Judge Jackie Lee Fulford’s order allowing gill netting in state waters. CCA Florida’s Chairman reiterated that, “we will spend every penny necessary to protect the constitutional ban on gill netting”. 

Now that gill nets are out of Florida’s waters, our attorneys can focus on reversing Judge Fulford’s original order. There will be months of legal maneuvering but, CCA will not rest so long as illegal netting is taking place in Florida’s waters. 

Florida’s recreational anglers are dedicated to protecting Florida’s marine resources and CCA Florida urges everyone to take a moment to contact your state representatives and senators to voice your concerns to ensure that gill nets never make it back in Florida waters.

Contribute to the CCA Florida Gill Net Legal Defense at www.ccaflorida.org 

Sign our petition at www.yousign.org/en/netbanpetition 

Join CCA Florida today at www.joinccaflorida.org

 

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