CCA scales up cash support for two bay project
By Trishna Buch
ONE OF fishing’s most dedicated support organizations is about to spend almost a quarter-million dollars on conservation at two key angling sites in Galveston Bay.
The Texas branch of Coastal Conservation Association and its national habitat program, Building Conservation Trust, have linked arms to help Galveston Bay Foundation battle shoreline erosion in Texas City’s Moses Lake and plant grass in the marshes around Bird Island Cove in West Bay.
CCA, which runs the Gulf Coast’s immensely popular and prize-studded STAR angling tournament each year, and BCT have combined to offer the foundation $150,000 for the Moses Lake project and $85,000 for the marsh restoration.
A statement from CCA said the former will undertake erosion protection for 1.3 miles of shoreline and restore up to 10 acres of intertidal marshland in Moses Lake, while the Bird Island Cove project will benefit about 114 acres of wetlands.
The projects are just two of more than 37 that BCT and CCA are aiming to support throughout the nation.
According to the statement, BCT has gathered more than $9 million towards the projects. In 2016, CCA provided $1.8 million to the trust, which hopes to invest more than $3.5 million in Texas marine habitat projects by 2021.
The two organizations have committed to investing $530,000 in Texas coast marine habitat work this year in partnerships that will together invest $4.28 million in coastal habitat.
John Blaha, director of CCA Texas’ habitat program Habitat Today For Fish Tomorrow, said the investment is good news for the area’s leisure fishermen.
He said: “It has been exciting to watch the natural partnership between the CCA Texas and BCT grow. We are accomplishing so much in 2017 by working together and this relationship will continue to produce great work.”
BCT executive director Sean Stone echoed Blaha’s sentiments, saying the projects “cover a diversity of marine conservation goals and will restore degraded habitats, create new habitats, advance the science of habitat restoration and conservation,and educate coastal communities on the value of conservation”.