CCA won law suit brought by the commercial reef fish industry that attempted to roll back an important precedent affecting fishery allocations.
CCAFL is working on access issues regarding the Skyway fishing pier and pelican entanglements.
CCAFL pushed for HB 1379 to create the IRL protection plan, which will begin to remove septic tanks and divert bad water from getting into the lagoon.
CCAFL helped to pass the HJR 1157 the Right to Hunt and fish. This issue will now be on the 2024 ballot to be voted on to make it a constitutional right to hunt and fish.
CCAFL along with other organizations defeated a push to close eleven artificial reefs to fishing due to goliath grouper spawning aggregations. There was not enough science to prove that removing fishing would have any effects on the stock.
CCAFL was invited to be with Governor DeSantis to announce the 70-day Gulf Red Snapper season.
CCA Florida and our National habitat program, the Building Conservation Trust, have contributed over $1.3 million since 2010 for habitat restoration projects around the state. These funds have been leveraged with our partners to create over $9 million in habitat restoration projects in Florida.
CCA Florida has 13 completed and ongoing habitat restoration projects in the first half of 2023, and an additional 14 upcoming habitat and artificial reef projects planned.
CCA Florida recently partnered with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission on an American eelgrass restoration project along the St. Lucie River. Approximately one half acre was planted by CCA staff and volunteers including 100 fence exclosures and 500 4” eelgrass pots.
CCA Florida completed its third deployment on the Turtle Bay Oyster Reef project by installing an additional 22.5 tons of recycled oyster shell at the site. Since 2021, over 60 tons of CCA-recycled oyster shells have been deployed on the reef.