On March 20 2019, The Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Commission adopted a suite of changes to this year’s fishing regulations for spotted seatrout, alligator gar, sharks, cobia and oysters.
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.
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.
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
If you enjoyed the 82-day federal-water and 365-day state-water red snapper season in 2018, then you are going to love this. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Coastal Fisheries Division wants to know what days/seasons you would like to fish for red snapper in 2019.
“What do you need to be successful?” That was the question posed in 2013 by Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Executive Director, to hatchery staff. The topic of conversation was TPWD’s efforts to incorporate southern flounder into its stock enhancement program.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has announced that the Texas oyster season will begin on November 1, 2018 and close on April 30, 2019. The following shellfish harvest areas will be closed for the season opener:
In Galveston Bay, TX-1 and TX-4. In East Matagorda Bay, TX-11 and TX-12. In Matagorda/Lavaca Bay, TX-16, TX-18 and TX-21. In San Antonio Bay, TX-26 and TX-27. Click here to view the maps of shellfish harvest areas.
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Contact: Shane Bonnot
HOUSTON, Texas – (April 17, 2018) – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have agreed upon a modified version of the Red Snapper Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP), securing a red snapper season for 2018.
Under the EFP, recreational anglers fishing from private vessels will have an 82-day season in federal waters and a 365-day season in state waters off the coast of Texas. Charter for-hire (CFH) vessels are not included in the EFP, therefore recreational anglers fishing on a charter trip will have roughly a 50-day season in federal waters.