Coastal Conservation Association
Florida: 4061 Forrestal Ave Suite 8, Orlando, FL 32806
Texas: 6919 Portwest Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77024
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), a non-profit organization, comprises 17 coastal state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific coasts. CCA’s strength is drawn from the tens of thousands of recreational saltwater anglers who make up its membership. From South Texas to the upper reaches of Maine to Puget Sound, CCA’s grassroots influence is felt through state capitols, U.S. Congress and, most importantly, in the conservation and restoration of our coastal marine resources.
CCA has been active in virtually every national fisheries debate since 1984 and has participated productively in state and federal fisheries management issues for longer than three decades. CCA continues to operate as a three-tiered organization, affecting issues on the local, state and national levels.
CCA’s unmatched breadth and depth of volunteer involvement has made it the largest marine conservation group of its kind. Its grassroots network and unique combination of membership, fundraising and advocacy have enacted positive change on all levels of coastal marine conservation and management. When called into action, the impact of CCA’s grassroots machine is unparalleled.
Through broad-based recreational angler support, a strong legal and legislative presence, more than 30 years of experience and an unwavering vision for the future of U.S. and global marine resources, CCA will continue to battle for the health and longevity of our coastal fisheries and for recreational anglers’ interests in them.
CCA – Florida
CCA Florida is a statewide, nonprofit marine conservation organization working in an advocacy role to protect the state’s marine resources and the interests of saltwater anglers. Comprised of 28 local chapters from Pensacola to Key West, we support strong, resource-based law enforcement, access to the resource for recreational fishing, and strong and fairly-balanced fishery regulations to protect state and federal fish stocks. CCA Florida is one of 17 state chapters of the Coastal Conservation Association.
Hell’s Bay Boatworks & The CCA
Hell’s Bay Boatworks Skiffs are the official shallow water skiff of the CCA Florida. Working with officials from the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Capt. Chris Peterson, CCA life member and owner of Hell’s Bay Boatworks, both sponsored and spearheaded the cleanup and removal of crab traps in local florida waterways with the help of many great volunteers and sponsors. Hell’s Bay also donated a truck and boat to the CCA to help promote their shared mission of maintaining the waters of Florida at tradeshows.
The International Game Fish Association
Location: 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004
The International Game Fish Association is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization, supported by its membership and governed by an Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. An elected International Committee of more than 300 sport fishermen and women represents the IGFA in fishing areas throughout the world. International Committee members act as liaisons between recreational fishermen, fishing clubs, local governments and fishery agencies in their areas and IGFA headquarters.
IGFA’s objectives are founded on the beliefs that game fish species, related food fish, and their habitats are economic, social, recreational, and aesthetic assets which must be maintained, wisely used and perpetuated; and that the sport of angling is an important recreational, economic, and social activity which the public must be educated to pursue in a manner consistent with sound sporting and conservation practices.
The purpose of IGFA, as set forth in the early bylaws, is: “to encourage the study of game fishes for the sake of whatever pleasure, information, or benefit it may provide; to keep the sport of game fishing ethical, and to make its rules acceptable to the majority of anglers; to encourage this sport both as recreation and as a potential source of scientific data; to place such data at the disposal of as many human beings as possible; and to keep an attested and up-to-date chart of world record catches.” The founding fathers of IGFA – including such sportfishing greats as Michael Lerner, Van Campen Heilner, Clive Firth, and Ernest Hemingway – obviously had foresight; the basic purposes they set forth have increased in importance through the years. Today’s IGFA has not changed these goals; rather it has brought them to the attention of the angling public, enlarged upon them, added to them, and adapted them to the current and increasing needs of the sportfishing community.
IGFA maintains and publishes world records for saltwater, freshwater, fly fishing catches, U.S. state freshwater records, and junior angler records, awarding certificates of recognition to each record holder. Recognized as the official keeper of world saltwater fishing records since 1939, IGFA entered the field of freshwater record keeping when Field & Stream transferred its 68 years of records to the association in 1978.
Hell’s Bay and the IGFA
Both Chris and Wendi Peterson are lifetime members of the International Game Fish Association and are honored that Hell’s Bay Boatworks skiffs are the official shallow water skiffs of the IGFA.
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust
Location: 24 Dockside Lane PMB 83, Key Largo, FL 33037
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is a group of concerned anglers and guides who want to preserve their way of life. Scientists working to answer questions about these popular and elusive gamefish. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is this and more. It was formed in 1998 by a group of anglers, guides, and scientists in the Florida Keys who wanted to learn more about bonefish and tarpon in order to enhance their dwindling populations. Since then it has grown to include concerned anglers from over 20 countries, researchers from throughout the world, and guides committed to working with BTT in order to educate anglers and gather data while on the water.
Our Mission is to support research to help understand, nurture, and enhance healthy bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations by engaging in the following:
1.Serving as a repository for information and knowledge related to the life cycle, behavior and well being of bonefish, tarpon and permit.
2.Nurturing and enhancing bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations.
3.Supporting research on bonefish, tarpon, and permit behavior and life cycles, and on bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries.
4.Providing educational material to the public and fishermen.
5.Working with regulatory authorities and the public to ensure that the laws protecting these species are enforced.
6.Interacting with government agencies to assist in the management and regulations related to bonefish and tarpon.
Hell’s Bay Boatworks has been actively participating in Bonefish and Tarpon Trust events for the last several years. Hell’s Bay Boatworks dontated a new Waterman Skiff as grand prize in the Bonefish Tarpon Trust sweepstakes as well as a HB Whipray for use on research projects. Hell’s Bay Boatworks also organizes the Fly Fishing Film Tour with all proceeds from this event going to BTT.
Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
Location: 10408 West State Road 84 Suite #104, Davie, FL, 33324
Phone: 954- 581-0073
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is committed to developing new strategies for sensible fisheries management, encouraging cooperation of commercial and recreational fishers and creating novel programs to stimulate future scientists and new stewards of the marine environments. The ultimate aim is to provide sound science and education to create logical solutions to a wide range of marine conservation challenges.
The Foundation helps ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish. Through the support of the Foundation’s visionary friends, leading scientists are able to develop new strategies for sensible fisheries management, encourage the cooperation of commercial and recreational fishers. In addition, educators are be able to create novel instructional programs to stimulate future scientists and new stewards of the marine environment.
Save The Sawfish
Film in conjunction with the University of Florida, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation & Hell’s Bay Boatworks.
University of Florida Ichthyology Division
Location: Florida Museum of Natural History
Dickinson Hall, Icthyology Dept. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611
The Florida Museum of Natural History, located at the University of Florida, is Florida’s state museum of natural history, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. The Ichthyology division works closely with many organizations involved in the study and conservation of fishes and sharks including the National Shark Research Consortium (NSRC), the International Shark Attack File (ISAF) and the Sawfish Recovery Team (SRT).
Shark Research – The Florida Program for Shark Research (FPSR) is involved in many areas of shark research, including shark biology, ecology, and behavior. In addition, the FPSR monitors shark attacks through the International Shark Attack File and promotes shark conservation and educational outreach through such programs as Project Shark Awareness.
Sawfish Recovery Team – The Sawfish Recovery Team (SRT) seeks to promote the conservation of threatened sawfish populations around the world. Very little is known about this unique type of ray which used to be very abundant in the tropics. Smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) have recently been listed for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Freshwater Research – Degradation of freshwater ecosystems is severe in many parts of the world, and freshwater species are among the most endangered species. Conservation biologists and resource managers depend on accurate taxonomic information and museum collection records for prioritizing areas for protection and for making informed species-specific management policies. Major projects at the FLMNH on freshwater fishes include the Freshwater Fishes of Florida, a revision of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes (to be published in 2011), and the All Cypriniformes Species Inventory (http://www.cypriniformes.org).