Once upon a time, not so very long ago, trout and redfish were not protected game fish with limits and gill nets covered the Lower Laguna Madre.
In 1976 a small group of concerned Texans formed the Gulf Coast Conservation Association.
GCCA, as it was known then, and with the help of the Valley Sportsmen Club and others was instrumental in getting House Bill 1,000 passed in 1981 prohibiting the sale of trout and redfish taken from Texas waters.
In 1986 the commercial red drum fishery in the Gulf of Mexico was closed. Next up, in 1988 all nets were outlawed in state waters.
And more recently, CCA is helping to fund the restoration of the Bahia Grande estuary right here in the Valley.
These are just a few of the many accomplishments of the Coastal Conservation Association, which has expanded to cover 17 coastal states from Texas to Maine with approximately 206 chapters and some 100,000 members. The 33rd Annual Rio Grande Valley Chapter Coastal Conservation Association banquet and fundraiser is set for Tuesday evening, April 23. Phil Teinert, President Rio Grande Valley Chapter CCA, "It is going to be fantastic. We have a wide arrangement of different live auction items, arranging from salmon fishing in Alaska down to bill fishing in Costa Rica." A beautiful 21-foot Explorer courtesy of Dargel Boats and L&F Distributors will also be given away the evening of the banquet to one lucky winner. "We have several vendors here in the Valley that are selling tickets for us|Glick Twins, Danny's Pawn, Johnny's Tru Values, Casa Petrides, Southern Marine, Point Blank Shooting, those places." And don't forget to get your banquet ticket in advance, as they will be more expensive at the door Tuesday evening. See you there! With your Nature Report I'm Richard Moore