9/24/18- CCA NH mourns the passing of our Chapter President, Donald “Swanee” Swanson. CLICK HERE to read more.
9/1/18 - Join us for the 2018 Oysterpalooza at Liar's Bench in Portsmouth! CLICK HERE for event info.
CCA NH Still accepting donations for the Sanders Poynt legal fund. Read the latest update HERE.
CCA NH Confirms PFCs in Berry’s Brook. CLICK HERE to read more.
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.
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!