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Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 26: Half Moon Reef

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Mark Dumesnil, Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Bill Balboa, Dave Buzan and Captain Bink Grimes sit down to talk about Half Moon Reef, 54-acres of restored oyster habitat in Matagorda Bay. In 2013, the Nature Conservancy partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas General Land Office, Texas A&M University, and private foundations on a multi-year project to restore Half Moon Reef. Today, it stands as one of the largest oyster restoration projects in the country.

Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 25: Building Conservation Trust and Bay Flats Lodge: Building the Future for Marine Habitat

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Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program, Building Conservation Trust (BCT), was created to provide vital funding for grassroots driven habitat projects. BCT strives to be the largest marine habitat restoration, enhancement and creation entity in the United States. BCT and CCA Texas have a strong partnership that has resulted in several successful marine habitat project throughout the years. That relationship is now expanding through a partnership with Bay Flats Lodge (BFL). Together, these three groups strive to enhance marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport. We are excited to have both BCT and BFL on this episode to speak about their operations and announce this exciting cooperative with CCA Texas, BCT and BFL. Guests on this episode include Sean Stone – Executive Director of BCT, Chris Martin – Owner of BFL, TJ Christensen – BFL Operations Manager, Randy Brown – BFL Assistant Manager, Kevin Matula – BFL fishing guide and John Blaha – CCA Texas Habitat Director.

Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 23: Tarpon Tales with Scott Alford and Bryan Treadway

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So much to discuss…so little time. We naively went into this episode thinking we could cover several items but quickly realized that we’d barely have time to scratch the surface on a single topic. Scott Alford and Bryan Treadway (a.k.a “fish control my brain”) are two very knowledgeable recreational anglers and have a passion for conservation and research. It appears that podcasts with these guys will become a mini-series as we begin to talk about life history, fishing and fisheries science of the enigmatic silver king.

Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 21: Cedar Bayou

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Cedar Bayou is a natural pass connecting Mesquite Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout recorded history is has been opened and closed by both natural and man-made influences. It was last re-opened in 2014 and has been the topic of much discussion since. Aaron Horine, Quentin Hall, Captain Jay Watkins, John Blaha, and Shane sit down to talk about this historic and celebrated pass from an engineering, science, biology, and fishing contexts. Click here to learn more about CCA’s involvement with Cedar Bayou.

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