Coastal Conservation Association of NH
Dedicated to the protection and preservation of New Hampshire’s marine resources
Give to the Cause! Help us continue our conservation mission here on the Seacoast of New Hampshire!
Help us restore oyster populations in the Great Bay and beyond. We have the program but funding helps!
Show your support by getting involved with the New Hampshire CCA Organization. Leaders wanted!
Welcome! We Invite you to Help Us Keep the Coastline Vibrant and Healthy
Do you kayak, bird watch, harvest shell-fish, scuba dive, surf, hunt waterfowl, pleasure boat, or walk on the beach? We all have a vested interest in our marine resources.
Why are the clam flats closed after a heavy rain? Why are the eelgrass beds disappearing in the Piscataqua? What happened to the huge historical numbers of oysters? Are the river herring in trouble? Is Great Bay on the edge of collapse as some suggest? Why is the Taylor River impoundment a mat of solid green in the summertime? This is just a sampling of issues CCANH is concerned with and working hard to research and provide answers.
We all impact our marine resources and there are things we can do to improve the conditions of our estuaries:
Upgrade our waste water treatment facilities to reduce biosolids and nitrogen.
Stop the unimpeded storm water runoff from driveways, parking lots, and roads.
Reduce the applications of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers on our lawns.
Stop dewatering the rivers.
Public access is essential for any saltwater activity. Some launches and parking areas need improvement, and we should appreciate the access we enjoy and keep them clean.
CCANH cares about these issues which directly and indirectly affect all users. We encourage the public to assist us in these issues, but even if you are not a member, please treat our marine resources like you own them, which of course, you do!
Who We Are
We are a volunteer organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire’s marine resources, as well as a national organization of over 108,000. CCANH has members throughout the state as well as Massachusetts and Maine.
What We Do
Since 1998, Coastal Conservation Association of New Hampshire (CCA NH) has advised and educated the public on the conservation of marine animal and plant life, and other coastal resources both onshore and offshore. The objective is to promote, protect and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. We encourage all public that use these resources to consider being a CCA NH member in order to protect them for the future.
The CCANH mission is to advise and educate the public on the conservation of marine animal and plant life, and other coastal resources both onshore and offshore. We aim to promote, protect and enhance the present and future availability of these coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.
A snapshot of some of the work we are doing here at CCA
Big Brother Big Sister Fishing Trip
The aim of the Big Brother Big Sister annual fishing trip is to provide education to the young public as well as to provide an experience some children may never receive. “Some of these children have never been fishing. Most of these children have never been on a boat. It makes me so happy to see all these young faces out here, and we love giving them an opportunity they will never forget.”
Oyster Shell Recycling Program
In 2009, members of the CCA NH Board became aware of the dramatic decrease in Great Bay oyster beds. In 1993, there was an estimated 1100 acres of healthy oyster beds. Parasites exacted a heavy toll and reduced the acreage, almost overnight, to just 100 acres.
CCA NH supports and greatly appreciates the efforts of Robert Jesurum in his pledge to restore public access to Sanders Poynt on Wentworth Rd in Rye, NH. The public had access to the beach through Sanders Poynt for over 20 years until the area was landscaped to block entry.