HEB Pitches in to Build Texas Marine Habitat

Coastal Conservation Association
HEB Pitches in to Build Texas Marine Habitat
San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B jumped in to support Texas marine conservation recently with a $5,000 contribution to the CCA Texas Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow program (HTFT). The CCA Texas habitat initiative was launched in 2009 and has already set in motion a number of projects important to Texas recreational anglers, including construction of offshore artificial reefs and marsh restoration programs.

"We were very excited that our Austin chapter forged this relationship with H-E-B and are honored to have them as a partner in our efforts to enhance Texas' marine habitat," said Robby Byers, CCA Texas executive director. "Enhancing habitat is all about putting projects in the water where they will do the most good. The dollars that H-E-B has donated to our habitat program will help us create and restore more areas in our coastal waters that are essential for fish habitat. This is a great example of how companies like H-E-B can make a difference."

H-E-B began 100 years ago in a tiny family shop in Kerrville, Texas, and today is one the nation's largest independently owned food retailers with more than 300 stores and 75,000 employees in Texas and Mexico. The company
has launched an extensive environmental campaign called Take Care of Texas to instill energy efficiency and conserve natural resources in every phase of its operations.

"We proudly support conservation groups, such as the Coastal Conservation Association, with a proven track record of conserving Texas' marine resources," Leslie Lockett, Director of Public Affairs.

"Each year the Austin chapter assesses which Texas companies might have interest in our cause, and H-E-B was an obvious choice as good stewards of our coastal resources," said Scott McGuire, president of the CCA Texas Austin Chapter. "I am very excited about the relationship we have established with H-E-B and anticipate many more great things to come from it. They share the same concerns for Texas and the conservation of its coastal resources as we do at CCA."

CCA Texas continues to work through HTFT to restore and provide new habitat for the benefit of Texas's coastal fisheries. If you or your company are interested in being a part of this ongoing effort, please contact John Blaha, HTFT Director, at 713.626.4222.

Other Conservation News

Conservationists prepare for oil spill response

In response to the tragic Deep Horizon rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Coastal Conservation Association chapters along the Gulf Coast have offered assistance to state agencies as they enact plans for clean-up efforts.

"Our chapters have been in contact with the appropriate fish and game management agencies in each state and have notified their local membership that they may be needed in the coming weeks and months to do some heavy lifting to protect and restore our coastal environment," said Pat Murray, CCA president. "The concern from our membership has been overwhelming. I'm confident when and if we are asked to assist, we will have no shortage of volunteers ready and willing to do whatever they can to help."

STAR Tournament Kicks Off

The CCA Texas State of Texas Anger's Rodeo 21st Annual event kicked of the 2010 tournament Memorial Day weekend. The opening weekend saw the first tagged redfish brought to the docks and two great speckled trout catches in the teen division. This year's tournament runs from May 29th until September 6th. Make sure you've got your entry paid up before you hit the water and remember that your kids from ages 6 to 18 fish for free when they sign up as a New Tide member. Over $1,000,000 in prizes are up for grabs in this year's event, so if you haven't signed up yet, make sure you do so now!

Please don't forget to thank our wonderful sponsors for their loyal support return the favor by remembering them when making your purchasing decisions. They make this wonderful family event possible. Major sponsors for the 21st Annual CCA Texas/STAR Tournament include:

Ford, Tilson Home Corporation, Texas Ford Dealers, Mercury Marine, Academy Sports & Outdoors, NRG Texas, Power Plus Personnel, Whataburger, Houston Community Newspapers, Fox Sports Houston, Fox Sports Southwest, Comcast, Haynie Boats, Shoalwater Boats, NauticStar Boats, Blue Wave Boats, Easterly, Texas Fish & Game Magazine, Texas Oilman's Charity Fishing Tournament, Coastline Trailers, McClain Trailers, Chris's Marine, Mt. Houston Marine and Texas Marine.

For more information, including a list of weigh-in stations, instant-entry registration locations in your area and weekly leader board updates, go to http://www.ccatexas.org

CCA Texas July Events

July 22, 2010 Greater Woodlands Chapter Annual Banquet - Grand Palace, Spring
July 29, 2010 San Gabriel Chapter Annual Banquet - Dell Diamond, Round Rock