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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!**

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    **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.

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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 8, 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) 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.

     

  • 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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  • Mar10 Demo ImageThe 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!**

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    **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.

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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) 7270-0895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Last chance to stop privatization of Gulf red snapper

 

Federal management of red snapper is a mess - it has failed recreational anglers and the charter/for-hire industry alike.
 
Rather than fix the flawed management system, an effort to privatize up to 75 percent of the fishery is being promoted by commercial fishermen and a select few charter/for-hire operators. They are seeking to take advantage of this chaos and ensure that most of this fishery is privately held by a few individuals, for their private use. The rest of us face the prospect of a one-day snapper season in federal waters in 2015.

Read more: Last chance to stop privatization of Gulf red snapper

Request for Action

 

We Need Your Help with Amendment 40

Please see the below letter from CCA Alabama Chairman Russell Cunningham:

HELP PREVENT A ONE DAY RED SNAPPER SEASON

VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT 40

Many of you have heard about Amendment 40 the federal government's most recent proposal to split the recreational red snapper fishery into to two parts, one for charter/ for-hire boats and the other for private recreational anglers. Many of you attended the Gulf Fisheries Management Council's (the "Gulf Council") August 2014 hearings on Amendment 40 in Orange Beach and Mobile and spoke out passionately against the adoption of Amendment 40 and-as I would expect-many of those recreational anglers were CCA Alabama members. We thank you.

Read more: CCA Member Request for Action

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Anglers applaud states’ stance on snapper management

Florida, Louisiana, Texas urge Gulf Council to back away from Sector Separation

The state wildlife management commissions of Florida, Louisiana and Texas have delivered a clear message to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to slow down the rush to divide the recreational sector and further exclude private boat recreational anglers from the red snapper fishery. In a series of letters to the Gulf Council, each state voiced concern that Amendment 40 – Sector Separation is overly divisive and will do little to solve the fundamental management problems in the fishery.

“We are concerned that private anglers seem to be an afterthought in the Council’s sector separation proposal and would face additional severe harvest cuts under the proposed allocation split,” writes Richard Corbett, chairman, in the letter from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We urge the Council and NOAA Fisheries Service to consider the big picture in managing this fishery. Dividing what is left of the recreational fishery through sector separation is akin to doling out leftovers while there is a buffet on the table.”

Read more: Anglers applaud states’ stance on snapper management

The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting comments on its proposals for the supplemental General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Your comments are due by October 10, 2014. The NPS is presently considering three options on how it will govern the park for years to come.


One of the remaining proposals is Alternative 4 which will ban recreational fishing in the park across a 10,000 acre marine reserve, significantly limiting recreational boating, fishing and tourism related businesses and activities in South Florida. CCA Florida opposes Alternative 4.

Read more: REMINDER YOUR COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED ALTERNATIVES FOR BISCAYNE NATION PARK ARE DUE BY OCTOBER...

The National Park Service (NPS) is still finalizing its supplemental General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. It has taken us several years to get to this point and  the  process is now  dependent on the input of local residents, businesses and stakeholders.


NPS is presently considering multiple options on how to govern the park for years to come—one of which (Alternative 4) would ban recreational fishing in the park across a 10,000 acre marine reserve, significantly limiting recreational boating, fishing and tourism related businesses and activities in South Florida. CCA Florida opposes Alternative 4.

Read more: Final Input Sought on Biscayne National Park Management Plan

August 20, 2014


Doug Boyd
Chairman
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
2203 N Lois Avenue
Suite 1100
Tampa, Florida 33607 USA


Dear Chairman Boyd,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on Reef Fish Amendment 40 – Sector Separation. Coastal Conservation Association has been involved in federal fisheries management since the 1980s and has rarely witnessed such a relentless manipulation of the federal fisheries management process to secure extraordinary rights for a select portion of the fishery.    

Read more: CCA comments on A40

South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Public Comment ends at 5pm on August 18
 
Regarding the transferability of Dolphin and Wahoo filets into the US EEZ from the Bahamas
 
Email your comments now to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 and Snapper Grouper Amendment 33
 


 

CCA believes that the SAFMC should make the federal dolphin and wahoo regulations consistent with the existing federal reef fish regulations with regard to the possession, transportation and landing of Dolphin and Wahoo legally caught under Bahamian regulations and brought into the US EEZ. Under existing regulations, Snapper and Grouper are able to be brought back into the United States filleted, but Dolphin and Wahoo are required to be landed with the head and fins intact. CCA urges the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to modify current regulations to allow dolphin and wahoo that have been legally caught in the Bahamas to be transported from and landed in the United States filleted and with two (2) filets being counted as one fish. CCA also urges the Council to define “stowed fishing gear” as “unrigged fishing gear,” as this would be a common-sense solution for the numerous center consoles that transit back from the Bahamas.
 
Please take the time to comment on this proposed rule by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

People often ask why recreational anglers have such an adversarial relationship with the federal fisheries management system, and the answer is as simple as it is obvious. The National Marine Fisheries Service was created to assist and promote the domestic commercial fishing industry. Period. Only relatively recently did NMFS even begin to acknowledge a recreational component.

It is in the agency’s DNA to be a partner and collaborator with commercial fishing interests. Who is in the White House – Republican, Democrat or Other – doesn’t matter because the bureaucratic heritage at the agency never changes. You may get a new head of the Department of Commerce or a new administrator for NMFS, but the core pro-commercial mindset buried deep in the agency itself is virtually untouchable. Regional council members come and go, but federal and council staffers are the omnipresent architects of federal fisheries policy, crafting (or not crafting, as the case may be) the analysis and options that guide the councils on complicated matters.

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