Listen in to the 3rd annual flounder discussion with Kevin Burns and Wayne Pedigo. Shane and the guys talk about the continued decline of southern flounder stocks and some potential options to help recover the fishery to historical numbers. Disclaimer – at the time of recording this podcast none of the thoughts shared are official proposals for management changes.
Shane Bonnot sits down with Gary Glick from Friends of RGV Reef. RGV reef is a 1650-acre artificial reef 12 miles from South Padre Island. Have a listen to this episode and then go on over to www.rgvreef.com/ and like their Facebook Page – Friends of RGV Reef.
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.
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.
Citing concerns for the region’s aquatic resources, CCA Texas is opposed to the Port of Corpus Christi’s proposed Channel Deepening Project (CDP), permit application number SWG-2019-00067. The full public notice, proposed plans and alternative analysis can be found HERE.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials recently announced that based on current and projected landings estimates, the private recreational angler red snapper season in federal waters off the Texas coast will close at 12:01 a.m., Aug. 2, earlier than the initially projected 97-day season.