About CCA California


Advocate for recreational saltwater anglers

Build thriving artificial reefs

Create successful Finfish Hatcheries 

Initiate truthful scientific studies 

Expand youth fishing programs 

OUR STORYoriginal_catchlog

The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) was created in 2015 when recreational anglers and
outdoor enthusiasts grouped together to work for the conservation and enhancement of our marine resources and coastal environments.

Today, we are working to protect not only the health, habitat and sustainability of our marine resources, but also the interests of recreational saltwater anglers and their access to the resources they cherish and use on a daily basis. 


  • Continue to fight against fishing tackle and lead bans
  • Fought to keep Bluefin from becoming listed as an Endangered Species
  • Continue to fight against destructive fishing gear that hurts our resources
  • Protect against unfair fishing regulations
  • Continue to support and expand finfish hatchery programs
  • Continue to fight for artificial and restoration reefs
  • Support programs to increase fishing opportunities

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was initially created in 1977, after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast had decimated redfish and speckled trout populations. A group of recreational anglers gathered to create the Gulf Coast Conservation Association. Only four years later, gill nets along the Texas coast were
outlawed and both red drum and speckled trout were declared game fish.

The successful conservation movement that started with the “Save the Redfish” campaign got the attention of anglers across the Gulf and by 1985, chapters had formed all along the Gulf Coast. CCA continued to grow within the South- and Mid-Atlantic regions in the 1990s, and now have chapters formed up and down the West Coast. There are now 19 states with 226 local chapters that have a growing membership of 126,000 members.