About CCA

  • CCA has more than 206 chapters of organized anglers throughout 17 coastal states with a current combined membership of more than 100,000, the highest level ever. CCA’s state and national staff members coordinate more than 400 chapter events and fundraisers each year.
  • CCA has more than 80 state and national committees, 150 national board directors, more than 900 board members – on local, state, and national levels – and tens of thousands of active volunteers contributing to the organization’s daily development and growth.
  • CCA is recognized by fisheries managers as instrumental in the recovery of redfish, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, striped bass and Atlantic weakfish.
  • CCA helped establish game fish status for billfish and redfish, net bans in four states, and the prohibition of many destructive gear types. We have been instrumental in establishing far-reaching conservation legislation on both the state and federal levels.
  • CCA has an Advocacy Fund that has been used to defend net bans and bycatch reduction devices, support pro-fisheries legislation, and enforce existing regulations.
  • CCA led the battle to protect recreational anglers’ freedom to fish. When it was adopted into law with passage of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Freedom to Fish language provided reasonable guidelines for the use of Marine Protected Areas by fishery managers and restricts the use of no-fishing zones for recreational fishermen to instances where all other fishery management tools have failed to fix the problem.
  • CCA has two registered lobbyists in Washington D.C. and has been active in critical fisheries since 1984. We currently retain as many as 17 state and federal professional lobbyists.
  • CCA members include two former U.S. Presidents, former Cabinet members, Congressmen, Senators, ICCAT Commissioners, Fishery Management Council members, Governors, State Legislators, and state and federal fisheries managers.
  • CCA makes decisions from the bottom up, involving our membership in all regional and national policy positions. We operate as a three-tiered organization – local, state and national.
  • CCA has an award-winning national publication, TIDE magazine, a special youth publication – Rising Tide, Lateral Lines eNewsletter, and numerous state newsletters.