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Dagger Island Project Completed

Partnership accomplishes significant Redfish Bay habitat restoration project

ROCKPORT, Texas – September 2020 – Recognizing that Texas coastal wetland loss impacts everyone, Ducks Unlimited has partnered with Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) and the Building Conservation Trust (BCT), the national habitat program of CCA, to support efforts by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to restore Dagger Island and protect important seagrass beds in Redfish Bay.

“Dagger Island has provided generations of anglers with incredibly productive places to fish,” said Patrick Murray, president of CCA National. “Restoring this iconic area will ensure that future generations are also able to enjoy everything this unique area has to offer. We are truly proud and excited to be partners with Ducks Unlimited and TPWD on this innovative project.”

Dagger Island was once a nearly continuous island running from the confluence of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Corpus Christi ship channel to Ransom Island in Redfish Bay. Natural and anthropogenic activities led to erosive forces that decreased the size of the island and broken it into a chain of smaller islands. This decline altered the function and values provided to the Redfish Bay system, including protection of large stands of seagrasses, which are important for water quality in the bay. TPWD developed a shoreline protection master plan for Dagger and Ransom Islands and hired Ducks Unlimited to design and oversee construction of the project. Ducks Unlimited constructed 0.71 miles of breakwater and 1.17 miles of containment levee in order to prepare for the future placement of beneficial use dredge material to restore 25 acres of Dagger Island. Ducks Unlimited also constructed an additional 0.55 miles of breakwater in order to protect an adjacent island.

“Wetland restoration not only benefits waterfowl and fisheries, but the communities around them. The Redfish Bay area has superior recreational opportunities for people to enjoy,” DU Director of Development Matt Bunn said. “Having partners like CCA and BCT make restoring wetlands in this area possible.”

The partners worked together to protect and enhance 5,236 acres of seagrass beds, intertidal wetlands and coastal islands in the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area. Redfish Bay contains the northernmost extensive stands of seagrass on the Texas coast and is one of only three bays that contain all five species of native seagrass in Texas.

Restoration and protection of remnant portions of Dagger Island will protect seagrasses and other essential estuarine wetlands from wave energy caused by winds and large vessel traffic on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. These seagrass beds are important for waterfowl and fisheries resources, including finfish, shrimp, blue crab and sea turtles.

“Degradation and loss of these islands has been of concern to TPWD for several years. Because of the ecological and economical significance of this area, TPWD is also concerned about the shoreline erosion on Dagger and Ransom Islands and the subsequent impacts on nearby seagrass beds if these islands continue to erode,” Paul Silva, TPWD natural resource specialist, project manager said. “Ducks Unlimited’s wetland restoration expertise and ability to leverage funding makes them a tremendous partner for us in efforts like this one.”

Funding for this project was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, CCA Texas, BCT and Ducks Unlimited.

For an aerial tour of the project, click HERE.

CCA Texas and BCT to Invest $895,000 Toward Habitat in 2018

Partnership with Several Conservation Groups will Benefit over $3.6 Million in Coastal Habitat

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HOUSTON, Texas – (Thursday, March 15, 2018) – Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) and Building Conservation Trust (BCT), the national habitat program of CCA, have committed to an investment of $895,000 toward marine habitat work along the Texas coast. Through several dedicated partnerships, this will equate to more than $3.6 million in coastal habitat. Click here to view a graphic of all of the projects.

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CCA Texas and BCT To Invest $530,000 Towards Habitat in 2017

Partnership with Several Conservation Groups will Benefit over $4 Million in Coastal Habitat

HOUSTON, Texas – (Tuesday, February 28, 2017) – Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) and Building Conservation Trust (BCT), the national habitat program of CCA, have committed to an investment of $530,000 towards marine habitat work along the Texas coast. Through several dedicated partnerships, this will equate to $4.28 million in coastal habitat.

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$1 Million Artificial Reef to Enhance Texas Coastal Marine Habitat

“Keeping it Wild” reef near Port O’Connor to be largest in Texas waters

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) and Coastal Conservation Association Texas are partnering with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to create the largest artificial reef ever placed in Texas waters. The 381-acre reef will be positioned six miles offshore from the Port O’Connor jetties and Matagorda Island. Continue Reading

CCA Texas Participates in Smooth Cordgrass Seed Harvesting for Dickinson Bayou Wetlands Restoration Project

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Dickinson Bayou Wetlands Restoration Project will utilize a previously proven technology and conservation approach to maximize the restoration of up to 10 acres of intertidal marsh complex habitat and enhancement and protection for up to 17.7 acres of existing intertidal emergent marsh. This technology and conservation approach has been extensively used for restoring wetlands and enhancing fish and wildlife habitats during the widening and deepening of the Houston Ship Channel.

This project includes constructing approximately 2,405 linear feet of earthen containment berms and 1,818 linear feet of rock armored earthen berms to protect the 27.7 acre restoration site. Approximately 28,521 cubic yards of clay material will be used to construct three containment areas, and approximately 6,545 tons of limestone rock will be placed on the outer slopes of these earthen containment berms. Intertidal marsh complex will be created inside these containment units by mechanically or hydraulically dredging approximately 81,735 cubic yards of material from the shallow water areas within the main channel, designated as the project’s borrow site. These sediments will be placed at specific elevations to create intertidal and high level marsh habitat.

“Without this project,” said Jan Culbertson, Coastal Ecologist for TPWD Coastal Fisheries, “the existing marsh would be lost through conversion to open water habitat in the next 25 years.” Continue Reading

TPWD Corpus Christi Nearshore Reefing Site Undergoes Beginning Stages

The latest CCA Texas Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow (HTFT) project is the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Corpus Christi Nearshore Reefing site. The project involves pyramids that are being deployed in Corpus Christi. They are currently staged, and once the first load of concrete materials are deployed, the pyramids – which CCA Texas helped pay for – will go out next. There are 470 pyramids, and these will be deployed offshore in a TPWD permitted reefing site. Continue Reading

University Begins Eight-Acre Oyster Reef Restoration, Funded in Part by CCA Texas

$75,000 contribution from CCA Texas
makes an impact on the project’s initial phase

Corpus Christi, Texas – The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies began the restoration of eight-acres of oyster reef, in two different locations, on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013.

The project is coordinated by Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology and Gail Sutton, Assistant Director of the Harte Research Institute as part of the “Sink Your Shucks” initiative.

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TPWD Gives Funding Boost to Cedar Bayou

TPWD gives funding boost to Cedar Bayou project

Department’s $250,000 commitment, coupled with $100,000 from CCA National habitat program, brings restoration project closer to reality

AUSTIN, TX – Ongoing funding efforts to restore Cedar Bayou have received a significant boost with a $250,000 commitment from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and a $100,000 contribution from the Building Conservation Trust, CCA’s national habitat program. The funding will go to support the work being done by Aransas County, Coastal Conservation Association Texas and other partners to open the pass between Matagorda and San Jose Islands. Continue Reading