U.S. District Court turns down a challenge by commercial interest to CCA-supported Atlantic Billfish Plan. Exxon approves grant to produce a video to be used in conjunction with the New Tide Program. South Atlantic Fishery Management Council bans drift nets in action supported by sister CCA state organization FCA, the Florida Conservation Association and all conservationists. CCA s New Tide Program membership surges.
GCCA institutes biologically recommended permanent gamefish status for redfish. GCCA establishes Commission management for speckled trout based on science and legislated policy standards. GCCA wins the White Egret Award for organizing the first and largest barrier island cleanup effort in the U.S. during Coastal Cleanup 1987 and 1988. GCCA donates enforcement equipment to both the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A New Tide, a video about coastal estuaries (funded by Exxon) is completed and distributed to all CCA state chapters. The video is used in conjunction with the New Tide program. GCCA tags and releases over 5,000 small marine fish. GCCA institutes an aggressive education and national advocacy program to address coastal erosion problems and solutions. GCCA passes an amendment to the Louisiana Constitution (Proposition 2) to guarantee the funding necessary to preserve the valuable wetlands of the Sportsman s Paradise. CCA’s Tide magazine named top outdoor magazine. CCA forms its Legal Defense Fund in order to accumulate funds to underwrite the increasing challenges against states rights to establish fishery management regulations.
GCCA retains continued gamefish status for redfish. GCCA continues work with the Engineer Corps, other federal and state agencies, and private organizations in dealing with marine estuary and habitat issues. CCA assists with an appeal of a decision by a Miami federal district judge who ruled that Florida s landing laws for Spanish mackerel were unconstitutional. GCCA defeats legislation to abolish the La. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and to allow for the sale of various gamefish. GCCA continues monitoring and maintenance of marine fishery conservation and management measures and law enforcement. GCCA increases involvement with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to ensure that appropriate and timely science is generated for wise marine fishery conservation and management.
GCCA continues to further finfish preservation and coastal management ideals. GCCA fights back efforts to remove minimum size limit on speckled trout and to repeal gamefish status for redfish. GCCA begins planning stages for Louisiana s first statewide, summer-long fishing tournament. Maine organizes as CCA’s tenth state; its name is NECCA, the New England Coast Conservation Association.
GCCA board adopts plan for the Louisiana S.T.A.R.: GCCA’s Statewide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo. The tournament will be a major membership recruitment tool for the Association, will offer tremendous prizes and will be zero-budgeted to the operations of the GCCA. GCCA champions efforts to retain continued gamefish status for redfish. NECCA of Massachusetts becomes CCA’s eleventh sister state.
GCCA successfully leads effort to protect marine fishery resources from most indiscriminate entanglement nets through the Louisiana Marine Resources Conservation Act of 1995. The American Sportsfishing Association names GCCA the Outstanding Grassroots Organization in America. GCCA intervenes in state lawsuit to assist in the defense of the new gill-net law. The inaugural GCCA S.T.A.R. (Statewide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo) commences signing up over 2,000 entrants. More than $300,000 in prizes are offered to participants who compete for 101 days from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day fishing from every corner of the Sportsman s Paradise. GCCA’s Tagging Program approaches two milestones: 50,000 fish tagged and 1,250 registered anglers. NECCA of Maryland and of Connecticut join CCA as her twelfth and thirteenth states, respectively. GCCA successfully spearheads effort to defeat Constitutional Amendment #8 which would have allowed piece-meal local laws regulating fish and wildlife. GCCA board votes unanimously to endorse a name change from GCCA of Louisiana to CCA Louisiana, thereby bringing uniformity to all sister states of the Coastal Conservation Association. CCA board votes to phase-in the nationwide name change before 2000.
GCCA intervenes in federal lawsuit to aid in the defense of Louisiana s gill-net law. The 2nd Annual GCCA S.T.A.R. kicks off Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day. The goal of 4,000 S.T.A.R. entrants is reached, and anglers compete for 101 days. Over $300,000 in prizes is offered to contestants. GCCA board adopts plan for launching CoastWatchers, a program designed to help the hard-working agents of the Enforcement Division by being additional eyes and ears on the water. The program will be in full operation by spring 1997. GCCA continues as the largest supporter of Operation Game Thief. All CCA states announce intentions to change their states names by January 1, 1997. CCA of New York becomes the Coastal Conservation Association’s fourteenth state chapter.
“We’ve changed our name to protect the innocent,” becomes the catch phrase for the name change. GCCA of Louisiana officially becomes CCA Louisiana. Louisiana successfully defends legislative attempts to reverse significant conservation gains such as the 1995 law restricting gill nets and gamefish status for redfish. The family of the late Bubba Sealy joins CCA to endow a unique scholarship at Louisiana State University (LSU) dedicated to studies of Louisiana’s recreational finfish populations. The late Mr. Sealy was a life-long conservationist served on CCA Louisiana’s board of directors. The scholarship is officially known as the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana/J. Pollard Sealy, Jr. Family Memorial Scholarship. Intervention by CCA Louisiana supporting the gill-net law in federal and state lawsuits ensures continued enforcement of this critical law for responsible stewardship of our state’s resources. Participation in Operation BeachSweep by CCA Louisiana reaches an all-time high. Louisiana’s best-known outdoorsman, Governor Mike Foster, is honored as CCA Louisiana’s “Conservationist of the Year” for his lifetime commitment to responsible use of our state’s renewable resources. CCA Louisiana’s 3rd Annual S.T.A.R. runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. $400,000 in prizes offered to contestants ensures that over 5,000 fisherman participate in the 101-days event. Preparations for CCA Louisiana’s 15th Anniversary are launched.
“15 Years & Still Reelin’” marks the rallying cry for CCA Louisiana’s 15th Anniversary. Over 15,000 conservationists statewide celebrate the milestone. CCA Louisiana continues its defense of Louisiana’s gill-net law in both state and federal courts. The Coastwatchers Program grows as CCA Louisiana recruits more volunteers. CCA Louisiana’s participation with Operation Game Thief and Operation BeachSweep intensify. The 4th Annual CCA Louisiana’s S.T.A.R. attracts 7,500 entrants fishing from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. $500,000 in prizes is offered to those fishing the 108-day event. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary J. H. Jenkins, Jr. is awarded CCA Louisiana’s “Conservationist of the Year” for his commitment to marine conservation. CCA of New Hampshire becomes the Coastal Conservation Association’s fifteenth state chapter.
CCA Louisiana’s Tagging Program approaches two milestones: 100,000 fish tagged and 1,500 registered anglers. Newspaper publisher B. I. Moody, III receives CCA Louisiana’s “Conservationist of the Year” for spreading the good news of good stewardship in his 33 newspapers statewide. CCA Louisiana’s intervention ensures that both state and federal courts finally rule in favor of Louisiana’s gill-net law. CCA Louisiana successfully defends legislative assaults on significant conservation gains, including the laws restricting gill nets and gamefish status for redfish. The 1999 CCA S.T.A.R. Tournament concludes with nearly 10,000 anglers competing for 101 days for the $500,000 prize offering.