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Shane Bonnot

Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 35: Oyster Mariculture

Dr. Fox is Chair for Marine Resource Development at Harte Research Institute and Brad is the president and founder of Water Street Restaurants. Both of these dudes are passionate about oysters and are working with numerous partners (including CCA Texas) to bring a new industry to the Texas Coast – Oyster Mariculture. Special thanks to the Texas Restaurant Association, Representative Todd Hunter, and Senator Lois Kolkhorst for championing this legislation. Have a listen to learn more.

CCA Texas comments on Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study DIFR-EIS

CCA Texas recently offered comments regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Draft Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study – Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The conservation of and access to healthy fisheries in Galveston Bay is a concern of CCA Texas. There is an overwhelming lack of analysis and detail in the Study regarding specific environmental impacts, particularly with respect to impacts of a gate system across Bolivar Roads. Without an understanding of these impacts, we cannot support the tentatively selected plan.  Click the link below to read our full statement.

CCA Texas Comments DIFR-EIS2019

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Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 33: The Speckled Truth

Shane Bonnot and John Blaha talk with Chris Bush, the mastermind behind The Speckled Truth (http://www.thespeckledtruth.com/). The Speckled Truth is your one stop shop for tips, tactics, insights, and conservation-minded content for catching (and releasing) big trout.

Subjects discussed: Trout conservation, collecting catch data on large trout, lunar phases, finding fishing spots, arty vs live bait mentality, and trout behavior.

Gulf Council to host public meetings on red snapper

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold three public hearings in Texas and a webinar to solicit comments on Draft Amendment 50 – State Management of Recreational Red Snapper.  The Council is currently considering state management that would provide flexibility to the Gulf states to set the recreational red snapper fishing season and potentially other management measures, somewhat similar to the 2018-2019 red snapper seasons under the exempted fishing permit.

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CCA Texas Opposes Discharge Permit for Desalination Plant Near Port Aransas

CCA Texas is opposed TPDES Permit No. WQ0005253000, to authorize the discharge of water treatment wastes at a daily average flow of not to exceed 95,600,000 gallons per day into the Corpus Christi Channel. The Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County proposes to permit and/or operate a desalination facility on Harbor Island with a discharge in the Corpus Christi Channel across from Port Aransas (see application details). You can lend your voice in opposition by clicking here. Be sure to reference Permit Number WQ0005253000. See below for CCA Texas comments on this permit.

WQ0005253000 CCA Texas Comments

 

Update 2-28-2019: TCEQ will hold a public meeting for this permit on April 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Port Aransas Civic Center 710 W. Avenue A. Port Aransas, Texas 78373 Continue Reading

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