CCA Washington Accomplishments

CCA Washington started in April 2007 with a goal of mobilizing conservation minded anglers to advocate for sound, science-based fisheries management.  We rapidly added thousands of members and established sixteen local chapters.  Our voices are focused and amplified by our experienced Advocacy Director as well as our skilled and respected state lobbyist representing us in Olympia.  We also now employ two full-time staff employees at our headquarters in Vancouver.

Together with the sixteen CCA state chapters throughout the US, we also retain a full-time federal lobbyist in Washington, D.C.  We're all working as a team to build CCA Washington into a powerful force for dynamic change that will help preserve and protect our marine resources for future generations.

Here are examples of how YOUR SUPPORT has led directly to change. In our short history, CCA Washington has:

  • Spearheaded a plan together with CCA Oregon that many tout as the single most significant fisheries change in the last 80 years: removal of non-treaty gillnets from the mainstem Columbia River and a priority for recreational salmon fishing
  • Coordinated joint letter from 21 Washington legislators supporting the bi-state process to remove gillnets from the mainstem Columbia River
  • Lobbied and coordinated with legislators to allocate $66 million toward restoring Washington fisheries infrastructure, including improving hatcheries, fish passageways, and fishing access sites
  • Introduced and supported passage of a 24-hour mandatory derelict gillnet reporting bill
  • Worked with other recreational organizations to establish a recreational priority for Puget Sound Spot Shrimp
  • Blocked the transfer of recreational license revenues to support commercial hatchery production in Willapa Bay and Puget Sound
  • Advocated for mark selective fishing for fall Chinook adding an extra week to lower Columbia River recreational season
  • Supported a coastal Chinook mark selective fishery that could add up to three weeks of additional recreational fishing during the summer
  • Advocated for substantial sturgeon harvest rate reductions including ending winter sturgeon gillnetting as urgently needed conservation measure to stop the decline of Columbia River white sturgeon
  • Urged Pacific Fishery Management Council to restrict fisheries for oceanic forage species until their vital contributions to salmon populations are better quantified
  • Worked with the WDFW to initiate a wild fall Chinook brood stock program at the Priest Rapids Hatchery
  • Worked with WDFW Commission to establish a recreational priority for Puget Sound Dungeness Crab, resulting in much longer recreational crabbing seasons
  • Advocated for the elimination of the winter directed gillnet season and successfully gained a significant harvest rate reduction to restore the dwindling sturgeon population in the Columbia River
  • Identified and publicized the existence of 62 derelict gillnets in a stretch of the Nooksack River resulting in public awareness, media attention, and eventual removal of the majority of the nets
  • Pressured NOAA to recognize the need for expanded selective fishing as a primary tool for restoring threatened and endangered stocks of wild salmon and steelhead in its Mitchell Act decision making
  • Participated via concerned members on 35 different Boards and Commissions that influence fisheries related issues
  • Influenced proposed Puget Sound rockfish regulations to maintain recreational access in the coastal portion of Marine Area 4
  • Successfully influenced legislative and agency discussions regarding the disposition of surplus hatchery salmon which will result in an increase in the annual number of carcasses for nutrient enhancement, a valuable component of wild fish restoration
  • Led recreational efforts to highlight flaws in the Puget Sound Chinook Management Harvest Plan and called for selective fishing reforms to support wild fish recovery
  • Advocated to the U.S. Congress supporting the Colville Tribe's proposal to increase testing of selective harvest methods in the upper Columbia River
  • Supported the shift to a selective recreational fishery for summer Chinook in 2010 and working to end the non-selective commercial gillnet fishery
  • Defeated multiple legislative efforts (2009, 2010, 2011) to remove the current Fish & Wildlife Commission in retaliation for its efforts to promote conservation over harvest and to advocate for science-based selective fishing reforms
  • Actively supported the WDFW Commission Hatchery and Harvest Reform Policy, which was adopted in 2010
  • Helped pass legislation in 2010 requiring WDFW to begin addressing derelict crab pots and provided funding for removal to the Northwest Straits Commission
  • Proposed salmon harvest reform and conservation legislation (HB 2266) to foster development of selective, live capture commercial fishing gear for use in Washington waters
  • Actively participated in the 2009 North of Falcon process leading to one of the largest increases in mark-selective fisheries in Puget Sound in years: the addition of 11 area-months of sport fishing opportunity that will serve to meet both hatchery and harvest reform objectives
  • Supported the Northwest Straits Commission in attaining a $4.5 million federal grant to remove 3000 derelict gill nets from Puget Sound
  • Advocated for selective harvest reforms and the implementation of conservation-based harvest buffers that helped prevent excessive lower Columbia ESA impacts starting in 2009
  • Ensured the Tokul Creek steelhead hatchery would remain open be managed according to best science
  • Blocked a proposed Lake Washington gillnet fishery
  • Gained seats on the WDFW Sport Fishing Advisory Board and Columbia River Recreational Advisory Panel
  • Supported better protection of Killer-Whales in Puget Sound while resisting federal imposition of a "No Fishing Zone" along the west side of San Juan Island in 2010
  • Launched a law enforcement rewards program intended to raise awareness regarding the conservation of endangered and wild salmon, steelhead and sturgeon on the Columbia River
  • Supported the construction of the new Cedar River sockeye hatchery, which is expected to eventually restore the immensely popular Lake Washington sockeye fishery
  • Secured increases in hatchery production for Puget Sound recreational fisheries. (2012)
  • Passed legislation to reform the Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Program and focus on increasing angler opportunity
  • Passed legislation for Puget Sound derelict crab pot removal
  • Secured capital budget funding in the 2011 legislative session for hatchery and fish passage projects.

We Need You!

CCA Washington cannot succeed in recovering our fisheries without the active involvement of concerned citizens.  Whether to raise funds or to gain new members, your help is crucially important to keep us in position to stop entrenched special interests and putting the needs of the resource first.

With your help, CCA Washington will stay actively engaged to put conservation first, promote selective fishing, and help vitalize and restore Washington's precious marine resources.