A Guide to CCA
1. How are CCA’s political, fisheries and legislative positions established?
CCA makes all decisions from the bottom up, involving our membership in all policy positions. Through an extensive web of volunteer committees and boards, CCA’s state and/or national (depending on the issue) volunteer executive boards vote to adopt all policies and positions. Every position is based on facts, science, strategy and more than 30 years of conservation experience.
2. Where does my membership and/or fundraiser contribution go?
“The membership contribution goes into publishing and distributing (the bimonthly membership magazine) TIDE, retaining fishery consultants, maintaining a membership department, paying for our annual audit, supporting our federal lobbyists in Washington, D.C., educating and informing the membership, management officials and general public of key conservation issues, maintaining the JoinCCA web site, creating the CCA eNewsletter Lateral Lines, and so much more,” explains CCA President Pat Murray.
3. Does CCA employ biologists?
Yes. CCA employs Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific fisheries consultants to monitor key recreational issues on national and regional levels. Additionally, a number of CCA state chapters employ biologists to deal with state fishery issues. CCA relies on data from state, federal and academic sources, but has supported and funded research (on both a state and national level) to provide greater insight into marine resource issues and problems.
4. Does CCA employ lobbyists?
Yes. CCA has two registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C., and we currently retain as many as 17 state and federal professional lobbyists. CCA OREGON employs a lobbyist based in Salem, Oregon.
5. How do I find out what CCA is doing to conserve marine resources legislatively and in the fisheries management arena?
There are several sources to find out CCA’s legislative involvement on both a state and federal level. Review TIDE Magazine TIDE-Bits, the CCA eNewsletter Lateral Lines, and The Ripple Effect for Pacific Northwest News. The Advocacy section of the CCA national web page and TIDE feature articles, national TIDE-Bits and columns are great sources for timely national updates. For updates on Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific fisheries issues, go to the CCA Newsroom on the national web site.
6. Where do I get useful CCA chapter contact information?
Go to the Chapters section of the webpage. There is a listing for each chapter.
7. I signed up a while ago. Where is my membership package?
In order to put more of your money to work on conservation efforts, CCA utilizes bulk rate postage to distribute your membership package. Depending on time of year, processing time and the post office delivery schedule, arrival times vary. If you have waited more than six weeks and received no correspondence, call 1-800-201-3474.
8. What does the Advocacy Fund do?
The Advocacy Fund was established to keep the concerns of CCA’s membership represented in critical marine resource conservation issues. “The Fund has given CCA the ability to add the courts as places to promote conservation and the interests of recreational anglers,” said Bob Hayes, CCA’s general counsel. “If you are not willing to defend good conservation in court, you are wasting your time trying to get good conservation decisions.”
With the help of the Advocacy Fund, CCA’s voice grows louder in the continued legal battle for proper conservation. CCA’s legal counsel has used these funds to challenge threats to overfished red snapper, grouper, weakfish, marlin, and shark stocks, implement and maintain critical bycatch reduction measures in the Gulf and Atlantic, and combat destructive commercial fishing gear. You can make your tax-deductible contribution by calling 1-800-201-FISH.
9. How can I help CCA?
The best way any member can help is to get involved on a local level. Call your state CCA office and ask for a contact number for the volunteer or director in charge of a chapter near you and its meeting schedule. If there is not a local chapter, ask what you can do to start one.
Through local fundraising events, membership meetings and fishing tournaments, CCA state chapters plant their grass roots. This process enables you to become involved in the mechanism that makes CCA so successful on a local, state, and national level.
10. What are some of CCA's greatest accomplishments?
A list of CCA accomplishments can be found on this website under the Conservation heading.