CCA CAL partners with Blue Latitudes Foundation in the hopes to convert decommissioned oil
platforms to fishing habitat to benefit ocean anglers
The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA-CAL), the largest non-profit
organization tasked with looking after the interests of recreational anglers, is encouraging all
Recreational fishers in Southern California to participate in an online survey conducted by Blue
Latitudes Foundation. CCA-CAL hopes that the information gathered from these surveys will
Positively influence regulators to convert decommissioned oil and gas platforms to reefs.
Many environmental and political organizations have been calling for the end of offshore
drilling in California in an effort to protect the California marine ecosystem and promote
alternative energy resources. In 2021, the Biden administration announced its intention to
permanently end all offshore oil and gas operations and end an era of offshore drilling that
started in the 1960s. California has 27 offshore platforms, many of which are scheduled to be
removed in the next 5- to 10 years.
Recreational angles have benefitted from the marine habitats created by these oil
platforms over the past contracts. Research has identified 79 fish species in the midwaters of
These structures, including calico bass, rockfish, cabezon, and sheephead.
Through the online survey, Blue Latitudes Foundation is an analysis to assess
how California’s commercial and recreational fishermen utilize the fisheries resources
associated with offshore oil and gas platforms. “CCA CAL recommends that members and all
recreational anglers participate in this survey,” Kotow adds.
The California State Lands Commission, an organization committed to public safety and
Environmental protection, will take a lead role in determining the future of California’s oil and
gas platforms. The State Commission has assured the public that they will conduct a transparent
and collaborative process with the local communities and stakeholders.
“Recreational anglers have lost a lot of fishing access to MPAs and regulations in recent
years.” Kotow says. “That’s why CCA CAL is committed to working with the State Lands Commission
To ensure it knows who we are as stakeholders and encourages regulators to convert these
platforms into thriving artificial reef habitats all angles can access and enjoy.”
Blue Latitudes Foundation will be stakeholder surveys through the end of
September 2022 and hopes to gather as much feedback as possible from recreational anglers.
Ultimately, this project will have a positive impact on the fishing community in Southern
California by not only educating fishers, but also giving them a portal through which their voices
may be heard regarding the future of the fisheries resources provided by California’s oil and gas
platforms. If you are a recreational angler and want to participate in this online survey, please
About CCA CAL: The Coastal Conservation Association of California was created in 2015
when recreational anglers and outdoors enthusiasts came together to work for the conservation
and enhancement of our marine resources and coastal environments. Today, the CCA-CAL is
working to protect not only the health, habitat, and sustainability of our marine resources, as
well as the interests of saltwater anglers. Our goal is to protect your access to the marine
resource you cherish and enjoy every day. CCA-CAL consists of members spread across seven
local chapters in Southern California and growing every day.
About Blue Latitudes Foundation: Founded in 2018, The Blue Latitudes Foundation is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific
purposes. We elevate the traditional concept of ocean stewardship by uniting government,
industry and the community to work together to conserve our oceans! In doing so, this
Foundation strives to explore innovative solutions to traditional marine conservation challenges.