Conserving the Lowcountry
Here at FLYIN’ The FLATS, INC., we always knew that we wanted to give back in some way. After looking at quite a few honorable opportunities, we decided to partner with and become a sponsor of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The CCA is a non-profit, national organization with 17 coastal state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic seaboard, and the Pacific Northwest.
“First, protect the resource, then improve the current and future fishing for everyone.”
The CCA began in 1977 after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish and speckled trout populations. 14 concerned recreational anglers created the Gulf Coast Conservation Association to combat commercial overfishing. The stewardship started with the “Save the Redfish” campaign, and by 1985, chapters had formed along the Gulf Coast.
By the early ‘90s, the mid-Atlantic region and the New England had chapters. With all of these chapters, the CCA network is engaged in hundreds of local, state, and national projects that initiate scientific studies; fund marine-science scholarships; build artificial reefs; create finfish hatcheries; initiate hydrologic and contaminant studies; monitor freshwater inflows; support local marine law enforcement; and more.
The Mission Statement of the CCA is as follows: “The purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of those coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.”
The South Carolina chapter works closely with the other state chapters to provide future anglers the same opportunity to catch the game fish that we have the pleasure of “FLYIN’ The FLATS” for today. We, here at FTF, are very proud and excited to work with such a conservation-minded group and hope that you, our friends, will join in as well to ensure a better tomorrow for all anglers everywhere across this great nation![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]