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September 2019

Proposal seeks to increase destructive impact of shrimp trawls

Gulf Council amendment to increase wasteful bycatch a step backwards

NOAA Fisheries is currently taking comments on a proposal from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council that would allow an increase in the amount of commercial shrimp trawl fishing effort in the northern Gulf of Mexico. If fully implemented, Shrimp Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico would allow commercial shrimpers to trawl an additional 5,800 24-hour days in the northern Gulf, a relative increase in Gulf-wide effort of 21 percent.

This action will also dramatically increase the amount of bycatch killed in shrimp trawls, including Atlantic croaker, seatrout and juvenile red snapper. 
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Concerns for Redfish Bay State Scientific Area

Axis Midstream Holdings, LLC is proposing to construct a series of facilities and pipelines at several locations within San Patricio and Nueces Counties. A portion of the proposed project will transect Redfish Bay State Scientific Area (RBSSA) with the installation of a pipeline bundle consisting of two 42-inch pipelines, one 12-inch pipeline, one 6-inch pipeline and one 2-inch fiberoptic line. CCA Texas has submitted a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers voicing our concerns on impacts that the project would have on the region’s coastal resources.

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