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Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 16: Proposals to Protect Public Oyster Reefs

Wonder what Texas Parks and Wildlife is proposing to protect our public oyster reefs? Have a listen to this episode to find out!
Shane is a guest on the Moore Outdoors Radio Show (KLVI AM 560) and talks with Chester about efforts to protect our public oyster reefs. Chester Moore hosts his radio show on Friday evenings at 6 p.m. so be sure to check him out on iheartradio.

Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 15: Gulf Coast Outdoors and Kitty’s Purple Cow

What’s the best way to wrap up a surf fishing trip? Well, at Kitty’s Purple Cow of course! In this episode we sit down with Paul Thorburn and Andrew Bruhl of Gulf Coast Outdoors at Kitty’s Purple Cow in Surfside Beach to discuss Gulf Coast Outdoors, surf fishing, the power of social media, the topwater bite, school interfering with fishing, kayaking and the Gulf Coast fishing culture. Ms. Kitty even joins in the fun to tell us about her awesome establishment.

TPWD sets dates for hammerhead shark and grouper scoping meetings

Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries Division (TPWD) will hold three scoping meetings to discuss potential changes to Texas saltwater fishing regulations relating to great hammerhead sharks, black grouper, Nassau grouper, and gag grouper. With the intent of reducing confusion for anglers and enforcement, the proposed changes would alter the current size and possession limits for those species to be consistent with federal regulations.

Proposed changes include increasing the great hammerhead shark minimum size limit from 64 to 99 inches; establishing a 24-inch minimum size limit and a 4 fish per day bag limit for black grouper; establishing a bag limit of catch and release only for Nassau grouper; and increasing the minimum size limit to 24 inches for gag grouper.

You can attend any of the meetings listed below to submit public comment. You may also submit public comment directly to TPWD by email (tiffany.hopper@tpwd.texas.gov) or by phone (512) 389-4650. Comments may also be submitted through the department’s web site at www.tpwd.texas.gov once the proposals have been published in the Texas Register and at the formal public meetings.

6 p.m. January 10, 2017: Dickinson: TPWD Dickinson Marine Lab, 1502 FM 517 East

6 p.m. January 10, 2017: Corpus Christi: Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Natural Resources Building, Room 1003, 6300 Ocean Drive

6 p.m. January 11, 2017: Port Isabel: Port Isabel City Hall, 305 E. Maxan

CCA Texas Creates Port O’Connor Nearshore Reefing Site

$100,000 contribution ensures the vision of permitted sites off every port in Texas

Port O’Connor, Texas – Coastal Conservation Association Texas recently announced support for the creation of a nearshore reefing site out of Port O’Connor as the next step in its goal to create a vibrant reef system in state offshore waters. A key element in this overall reefing plan is having designated areas out of every major port on the Texas coast to place artificial reefs. CCA Texas’ Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow Program (HTFT) has funded a $100,000 joint effort with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to create a new nearshore reefing site.

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CCA Texas Supports Baffin Bay Group Studies

Earlier this year, CCA Texas approved $10,000 in funding to help with the first stage of water quality studies being completed in Baffin Bay.  This effort is being coordinated by the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program.  Concerns have risen regarding the water quality of this bay system, Brown Tide alga and the condition of Black Drum in the bay system.  CCA Texas volunteers from the Brush Country Chapter are also helping in these studies by taking part in the water sample collections and processing.

 

For more information about this effort, be sure to visit http://www.cbbep.org/projectsbaffinbay.html

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