How are CCA’s political, fisheries and legislative positions established?CCA makes all decisions from the bottom up, involving our membership in all policy positions. Through an extensive web of volunteer committees and boards, CCA’s state and/or national (depending on the issue) volunteer executive boards vote to adopt all policies and positions. Every position is based on facts, science, strategy and more than 30 years of conservation experience.
Where does my membership and/or fundraiser contribution go?The membership contribution goes into publishing and distributing (the bimonthly membership magazine) TIDE, retaining fishery consultants, maintaining a membership department, paying for our annual audit, supporting our federal lobbyists in Washington, D.C., educating and informing the membership, management officials and general public of key conservation issues, maintaining the CCA Mississippi and CCA National websites, creating the CCA National eNewsletter Lateral Lines, funding local outreach, habitat restoration projects, research projects, and so much more
Does CCA employ biologists?Yes, CCA employs Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific fisheries consultants to monitor key recreational issues on national and regional levels. Additionally, a number of CCA state chapters employ biologists to deal with state fishery issues. CCA relies on data from state, federal and academic sources, but has supported and funded research (on both a state and national level) to provide greater insight into marine resource issues and problems.
Does CCA employ lobbyists?Yes. CCA has two registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C., and we currently retain as many as 17 state and federal professional lobbyists.
What is CCA doing to conserve marine resources legislatively and in the fisheries management arena?There are several sources to find out CCA’s legislative involvement on both a state and federal level. Review TIDE Magazine TIDE-Bits, the CCA National eNewsletter Lateral Lines, and your CCA Mississippi publications for local information, the CCA Mississippi Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ccamississippi, the CCA Mississippi monthly eNewsletter and periodic mailings. The Advocacy section of the CCA national web page and TIDE feature articles, national TIDE-Bits and columns are great sources for timely national updates. For updates on Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific fisheries issues, go to the CCA Fisheries tab of the CCA National web site.
Where do I get useful CCA Mississippi chapter contact information?Go to the Chapters section of the CCA Mississippi webpage for a list of chapter contacts.
I signed up a while ago. Where is my membership package?In order to put more of your money to work on conservation efforts, CCA utilizes bulk rate postage to distribute your membership package. Depending on time of year, processing time and the post office delivery schedule, arrival times vary. If you have waited more than six weeks and received no correspondence, call 1-800-201-3474.
What does the Advocacy Fund do?The Advocacy Fund was established to keep the concerns of CCA’s membership represented in critical marine resource conservation issues. “The Fund has given CCA the ability to add the courts as places to promote conservation and the interests of recreational anglers,” said Bob Hayes, CCA’s general counsel. “If you are not willing to defend good conservation in court, you are wasting your time trying to get good conservation decisions.”
With the help of the Advocacy Fund, CCA’s voice grows louder in the continued legal battle for proper conservation. CCA’s legal counsel has used these funds to challenge threats to overfished red snapper, grouper, weakfish, marlin, and shark stocks, implement and maintain critical bycatch reduction measures in the Gulf and Atlantic, and combat destructive commercial fishing gear. You can make your tax-deductible contribution by calling 1-800-201-FISH.
How can I help CCA?The best way any member can help is to get involved on a local level. Call or email your chapter contacts to find out about their meeting and event schedule or review the “Events” section on the website to determine when the next meeting will be held. If there is not a local chapter, ask what you can do to start one.
Through local fundraising events, membership meetings and fishing tournaments, CCA state chapters plant their grass roots. This process enables you to become involved in the mechanism that makes CCA so successful on a local, state, and national level.
What are some of CCA’s greatest accomplishments in all states?Below is a short list of notable CCA achievements. Click for a comprehensive listing of CCA accomplishments:
- Game fish status for speckled trout and redfish in Texas
- Removal for monofilament gillnets in Texas
- Net ban in Florida
- Game fish status for redfish in Louisiana
- Banned commercial harvest of redfish in the Gulf of Mexico
- Presidential Executive Order making redfish and striped bass game fish in federal waters
- Successful in suit to make NMFS address red snapper bycatch in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fleet
- Creation of the Laboratory for Marine Larviculture at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute
- Freedom to Fish language in Magnuson-Stevens Act
- Banned drift nets in the South Atlantic
What are some of CCA’s accomplishments in Mississippi?Below is a short list of notable CCA Mississippi achievements. Click HERE for a comprehensive listing of CCA accomplishments:
- Conducted “live catch” speckled trout tournaments to provide the brood stock for the Gulf Coast Research Lab fish hatchery resulting in the release of over 400,000 speckled trout fingerlings in Mississippi’s coastal waters.
- Ensured that ruble from Hurricane Katrina was saved and used to make local artificial reefs and hard bottom habitat along the Mississippi coast.
- Conducted “Casting for Conservation” youth education fishing rodeos throughout the Mississippi coast to introduce children to the sport of fishing, safety, gear, fish handling and conservation.