CCA Texas Reefing Program Builds on Success
Organization’s commitment to marine habitat continues to grow
Houston, Texas – CCA Texas recently committed $100,000 to a new 160-acre nearshore reefing site located out of Packery Channel near Corpus Christi. This reef will be built in approximately 70-feet of water and will provide vital structure and easy angler access from popular offshore ports including Port Aransas and Corpus Christi.
“CCA Texas is proud to partner with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and others on this project to create this habitat and provide much-needed recreational offshore fishing opportunities,” said Jay Gardner, chairman of CCA Texas’ Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow program. “CCA Texas has already committed $400,000 to Texas reef projects along the coast, and that number will continue to grow.”
This new mid-coast reefing site will have all necessary permits in place in the coming months and TPWD is initiating the bidding process to begin the first phase of placing reef material. Once materials are placed, they will provide the valuable structure needed to sustain and enhance Gulf reef fish species, including red snapper.
“CCA Texas has long been known for successful efforts in advocating for marine conservation along the Texas coast and in our state’s capitol,” said Mark Ray, CCA Texas chairman. “But, thanks to the thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of members, CCA Texas’ habitat efforts are taking the organization’s positive impact on our shared coastal resources to a new level.”
CCA Texas’ Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow program (HTFT) provides much-needed funding for the restoration and enhancement of coastal marine habitats. The program has funded marsh grass enhancement projects, inshore and offshore reef creation and vital estuary restoration that span from Port Mansfield to Sabine. Through CCA Texas’ successful fundraising and membership efforts, HTFT has grown to become one of the largest programs of its kind.