CCA-La. adds three to its hall of fame

Acadiana’s Ted Beaullieu and Bill Bass were joined by former Baton Rouge insurance executive Bob Bush during Friday night’s ceremonies that ushered in the newest members of CCA-Louisiana’s Hall of Fame.

Honoring these three men was the kickoff to CCA’s annual convention in Lafayette, where the most hotly debated topics covered topics like the state’s Articifial Reef Fund and the federal government’s approach to fisheries management.

All three men considered these topics important long before they became state, regional and national crises.

Ted Beaullieu is the senior among the three. Born in 1927, he was known to have rowed skiffs to hot fishing spots from his family’s camp at Cypremort Point when he was growing up in the Acadiana area.

He and his brother founded Beaullieu Refrigeration in the early 1950s, but never let his love of fishing wane.

“Somewhere along the line, he figured out the importance of sustaining our resources, the need to sustain our fisheries...and sustain a way of life that sustains a future for generations of residents and sportsmen to come,” CCA-Loouisiana executive director David Cresson said.

Beaullieu was a founding member of CCA’s Acadiana chapter and has several terms on CCA’s state board of directors, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation is continues as president of the Acadiana Bay Association.

With a $100,000 donation to the CCA Louisiana Foundationm, he’s funded a scholarship at the Unitersity of Louisiana-Lafayette that annually grants money to graduate student working in either marine fisheries or coastal restoration studies.

Bass, a former LSU football center and linebacker (1963-1965) and avid angler, grew up in Lafayette and return there to practice law.

With Beaullieu, he was a founding member of the Acadiana Chapter, and has been chapter president, state president and CCA’s national board. He was CCA’s first chair of its Habitat Committee, an effort that spawned a string of inshore and nearshore reef-building projects.

“Bill Bass most humble, unassuming person you’ll ever meet,” Cresson said. “Bill is the quintessential ‘Gentle Giant’...he truly leads by example.”

Bush in among a handful of CCA-Louisiana’s founding members, has served one or more terms as state president and state and national board member.

Bob Bush is a motivator.

“Through his motivational leadership, we learned how to sell conservation not only to anglers all across this state, but to decision leaders and policy makers as well. He’s been our head coach,” Cresson said.

Pearl River closed again

High water closed the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area for the second time in four weeks Friday after last week’s heavy rains swelled the Pearl River to more than 16.5 feet and flooded the WMA’s primary access point at the gate off old U.S. 11. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ release indicated all roads and bridges will be reopened when they are safe for vehicle passage.