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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.
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of our state's marine and animal life. It is a non-profit group organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CCA Louisiana is a state chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and prior to 1997 was known as GCCA of Louisiana, the Gulf Coast Conservation Association of Louisiana.
A handful of concerned anglers discuss banding together to promote responsible management of Louisiana's fishery resources.
Louisiana organizes and becomes the third state chapter of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association, which would later be named the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). Texas was the founding GCCA state in 1977; GCCA of Alabama was founded in 1982.
GCCA study of data collected over five years shows that size and bag limits on redfish and speckled trout have improved numbers of fish caught, man-hours required, total weight and averaged and estimated annual harvest. Unregulated fish show a decline. Participate in the establishment of New Tide, a CCA youth program designed to shape conservationists at a young age.
CCA calls for immediate halt to net harvest of adult redfish in Gulf of Mexico after study reveals excessive netting in Federal waters could collapse resource. Also calls for state authority over the resource beyond state territorial waters. CCA stops purse seining for spawning redfish in the Gulf of Mexico and lowered maximum sizes for redfish to 30". GCCA wins Conservation Group of the Year Award. CCA calls on Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge to declare immediate moratorium on netting redfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. CCA protests National Marine Fishery Service s Emergency Interim Plan allowing additional one million pound harvest of redfish in the federal waters of the Gulf. CCA intervenes in lawsuit filed by fishing trade groups to have state laws designed to protect redfish preempted by federal regulations, thus allowing possession and landing of redfish caught in federal waters. CCA-led forces for conservation prevail as the Secretary of Commerce calls for zero harvest of redfish in Gulf during 90-day Interim Emergency Plan II. Federal Management Plan closes Gulf redfish fishery for 1987, a first step victory for CCA-led conservationists. Mississippi becomes the fourth CCA state. Florida conservationists organize the fifth CCA state chapter under the name Florida Conservation Association. South Carolina is the sixth; its name is the Atlantic Coast Conservation Association (ACCA).
CCA announces opposition to Federal Management Plan for redfish; declares it inconsistent with CCA position on conservation of the resource and the states rights to protect it. GCCA establishes biologically needed commercial quota for speckled trout and juvenile redfish. GCCA establishes new minimum sizes for both commercially and recreationally caught specks and reds. CCA supports Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council s amendment to Federal Management Plan for redfish. CCA votes to increase efforts to bring about a management plan for billfish, which are being increasingly taken by tuna longliners. GCCA attains gamefish status for marlins and sailfish. ACCA of Georgia organizes as the seventh CCA state.