CCA Texas Joins With Corporate Partners for Giant Fishing Pier

Luke Giles
CCA Texas Joins With Corporate Partners for Giant Fishing Pier
In what is becoming another fine example of what can happen when a conservation group and various companies get together for a common cause, the new Outreach Program Pier at the CCA/CPL Marine Development Center will enable thousands of children to enjoy the thrill of being introduced to fishing.

Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas), a leader in saltwater conservation, is proud to announce a partnership with EcoVantage, Turner Roofing Company and Urban Engineering in the building of the new Outreach Program Pier Project at the CCA/CPL Marine Development Center in Flour Bluff, Texas. Also contributing to the project are Sunset Marine Works, CC Contractors, Decksteriors, and Texas Decks. The 400 foot long Outlook Fishing Pier will enable children of all ages, including physically challenged individuals to fish the rearing ponds at the hatchery and gain a greater appreciation for Texas' natural resources.

Hector Mendieta, CCA Texas Mid-Coast Chapter President, explains the reason for the partnership. "CCA Texas has been stocking Texas' bays for 30 years. Through the years we have seen a tremendous increase in fishing pressure on the fishery and it is clear we will have to continue our efforts for decades. The Outreach Program Pier is vital to the education of our fishermen of the future. The materials donated by the partner companies have the durability required to survive in this hot and harsh environment. Ecovantage, Turner Roofing and Urban engineering and the other participating companies are to be commended for their donation of materials and time for such an important conservation project."

Carlyle Holman, an EcoVantage spokesperson, explains why the company decided to become a partner in this project. "EcoVantage is committed to providing environmentally and ecologically quality products. CCA Texas' commitment to the environment and conservation underscores our own commitment. By partnering with CCA we are able to see our products used for improving the world one project at a time."

Turner Roofing President, Tommy Mangold Jr. explains the reason for his company's involvement. "Turner Roofing is owned an operated by avid outdoor enthusiasts. Our commitment to the environment is ongoing and is evidenced by our ability to specify and install Energy Star rated roof systems including solar all over the state of Texas. Our involvement with the CCA/CPL Marine Development Outreach Pier Project did not end with the introduction of the EcoPrem lumber. We are proud to supply material and labor to this project to help insure that future generations have healthy fisheries to enjoy."

Urban Engineering's Tyler Meals says of the project, "Urban Engineering of Victoria, Texas employs many avid outdoorsmen and women and takes pride in assisting in the design of the CCA/CPL Hatchery Outlook Fishing Pier. Urban Engineering relies on over 29 years of experience in designing marine construction projects for producing effective and utilitarian designs that perform above and beyond owner expectations."

When complete, the pier will introduce thousands of children to the wonders of hooking up and landing a fish. Thanks to the generous donations of these companies, the future of fishing along the Texas coast has become brighter.

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This year's tournament was won by the Dallas Chapter with a weight of 20.7 lbs for three trout and one redfish. The Mid Coast Chapter finished in second place with 19.1 lbs and Guadalupe Valley rounded out the top three with 18.6 lbs. Top individual award winners included Scotty Powers from the Mid Coast Chapter with a 5.9 lb speckled trout and Bobby Lane from the Guadalupe Valley Chapter with a 7.15 lb redfish.

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This year's first place team was Fish-N-Chicks, led by Capt. Ralph Frazier and team members Paula Strong, Starla Hicks and Sharon Pickens and they weighed in 50.06 lbs. Second place went to Reel Lucky Ladies led by team captain Greg Beirsdorfor and members Pam Gardner, Jaime Gardner and Heather Barbert with a weight of 35.34 lbs and third place was Reel Texans led by team captain John Chesser and team members Shelley Chesser, Cheryl Richey and Melissa Gallien with a weight of 34.10 lbs. Individual winners included Sharon Pickens with a 6.98 lb. redfish, Starla Hicks with a 6.24 lb. speckled trout and Melissa Gallien with a 1.74 lb. flounder.Special thanks go out to all of the tournament sponsors and the volunteer committee led by Chairman Rhea Ann Thompson and members Mandy Scherer, Bunny DeLaittre, Phyllis Nesmith, Jill Miller and Camille Null.