The History of CCA Louisiana
A handful of concerned anglers discuss banding together to promote responsible management of Louisiana’s fishery resources.
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.
CCA Louisiana provided Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents with navigation, global positioning and sonar equipment.
Construction began on two artificial reefs as part of the I-10 Twin Span projects in Lake Pontchartrain. Developed the CCA Louisiana/4-H Clubs Youth Program, bringing the positive message of CCA and coastal conservation to thousands of youth across Louisiana. Partnered with LDWF on the Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program, helping to create science based solutions for our fisheries management challenges. Coordinated the planning and construction of the I-10 Twin Span Reefs in Lake Pontchartrain, marking the first time in Louisiana that artificial reefs were made of recycled debris material. CCA Louisiana was named by Boating Magazine as one of 2010’s Eco Award Winner for positive impacts during the BP oil spill crisis. John Walther, CCA Artificial Reef Coordinator, was recognized by Field & Stream magazine as a 2010 Hero of Conservation. Worked closely with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Governor Bobby Jindal’s Office to develop plans for a Saltwater Fish Hatchery in Louisiana to mitigate damages to the spawn and juvenile fish suffered during the BP oil spill crisis.
CCA Louisiana’s fundraising began with the Monroe Chapter banquet in March and changed immediately following with the onset of a national pandemic, Covid-19. As much of the nation was shut down, CCA Louisiana altered the face of fundraising with virtual, online banquets throughout the spring and summer months. Many CCA Chapters throughout the country emulated CCA Louisiana’s fundraising efforts and followed suit with their own online events. The second in-person event of the year was held in October as the STAR Awards banquet held a socially distanced but successful banquet honoring the 2020 winners.