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House Natural Resources Committee Approves Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill

Washington, D.C. – December 13, 2017 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation’s primary law governing federal fisheries management.

On April 6, 2017, Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.), a leader on recreational fishing issues, introduced H.R. 2023, the Modern Fish Act, to address the challenges facing recreational fishermen in the federal fisheries management system. He was joined by a bipartisan list of 24 cosponsors. Original cosponsors include Congressmen Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.). The Modern Fish Act’s legislative language was ultimately included in H.R. 200.

Read more: Landmark Legislation to Benefit Saltwater Anglers Advances in U.S. House


Brands announce partnership in annual event and name Realtree Fishing as Official Camo Pattern of CCA Florida and STAR.

Orlando, FL – December 18, 2017 – CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries and coastal conservation education and advocacy, today announced details of a new partnership with Realtree and their new Fishing pattern. The partnership includes the naming of Realtree as the ‘Official Camouflage’ of CCA Florida and STAR, the nonprofit’s signature event, creating a partnership helping both organizations meet conservation goals.

In addition, Realtree Fishing is contributing $25,000 to be awarded in the CCA Florida STAR Youth Scholarship Division.  CCA Florida’s “New Tide” (youth) members from ages 6-17 are eligible to participate, ensuring this sponsorship meets Realtree Fishing’s goal of getting youth outdoors.

“Realtree’s dedication to family and friends, conservation, and the outdoor lifestyle make their new Realtree Fishing brand a perfect partner for CCA Florida and the STAR competition,” said STAR Tournament Director Capt. Leiza Fitzgerald.  “Their support of a $25,000 scholarship in the 2018 and 2019 Youth Division of STAR and their support as a sponsor of CCA’s statewide initiatives is a great compliment to our organization’s efforts.”

CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, is the largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida, running each year from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Unlike traditional fishing tournaments, STAR focuses on conservation and offers up to $500,000 in prizes and scholarships.  CCA Florida uses the social media-based event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources.  Recognized as a ‘catch, photo and release’ competition, STAR’s smart phone app eliminates the requirement for anglers to harvest or capture and transport fish. 

“I have seen firsthand the great work of CCA Florida and their statewide volunteers,” said Realtree president and CEO Bill Jordan. “With Florida as a next-door neighbor and a great state to hunt and fish, I’ve spent many hours, days and weeks there enjoying the outdoors. CCA Florida has been instrumental in bringing back and maintaining so much of the state’s incredible natural resources, and all of us at Realtree are especially proud to team with such a respected conservation group to keep our traditions alive.”

About Realtree Fishing

Realtree Fishing is a natural extension of parent brand Realtree, the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer and licensor. Realtree Fishing’s growing partnerships in manufacturing, retail and conservation ensure that the brand’s customers will enjoy the best fishing products, availability and natural resources access for generations to come. Find Realtree Fishing on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at

About CCA Florida

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was founded in 1977 after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish and speckled trout populations.  One of 19 state chapters, CCA Florida became the fifth state chapter in 1985.  A 501(c)3 non-profit, the purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources.  Through habitat restoration projects, water quality initiatives and fisheries advocacy, CCA Florida works with its over 18,000 members including recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to conserve and enhance marine resources and coastal environments.  Join the conversation on Facebook or learn more at


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