In 2010, Shell Oil Company announced that it would provide $1.5 million in funding over three years to the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) habitat program and paved the way for a series of large-scale, angler-driven marine habitat projects in areas that were impacted by the Macondo accident.
In December of 2010, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced the first habitat project funded by the Shell/CCA partnership – the restoration of Independence Island in Barataria Bay – at a press conference in Baton Rouge.
In the two full years after that, almost $2.7 million was applied to marine habitat projects through the CCA habitat program, with $1 million in CCA funding matched by more than $1.6 million from various partners in both the private and public sectors. Additionally, the habitat program has benefited from partnerships with Costa Sunglasses, Shimano and Academy Sports + Outdoors. All habitat projects were initiated or vetted by CCA volunteers in those states and resulted in thousands of tons of materials being deposited or planted to complete 14 projects in the first two years of the partnership.
In July 2013, Shell earned the 2013 Gulf Guardian Award for its support of the “Floating Islands” marsh restoration project in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. The award is bestowed by the Gulf of Mexico Program, an initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to facilitate collaborative actions to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico.
In 2013, the Building Conservation Trust (BCT) received its 501(c)(3) status and was officially created as CCA’s National Habitat Program, dedicated exclusively to the business of funding marine habitat creation and restoration in areas that can be accessed and enjoyed by recreational anglers.
GREG STUNZ, PH.D.
Will Harte – Texas
Bob Hayes – Maryland
John Larkin – Connecticut
Phil Morlock – Canada
Ted Venker – Texas