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2021 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program: What You Need To Know

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The 2021 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal will take place from February 19, 2021 to February 28, 2021

CCA is immensely proud of our history with this event that carries out our vision of ensuring the health and conservation of our marine resources and anglers’ access to them. You can read more about it here and read the below excerpts.

“Another partner in the project is Coastal Conservation Association Texas. The program has flourished since it was started by Ronnie Luster, a founding member of CCA.”

“Luster and CCA partnered with Rex Mayes and other Texas game wardens to clean up Shoalwater Bay. The first trip to clean up the area yielded 800 traps.”

“The issue was so obvious to everybody that was on the water. I mean these things were everywhere.” Luster said.

Below are the 2021 Crab Trap Drop-Off Sites and you can get more information by visiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program web page.

SABINE LAKE – Local TPWD coordinator Carey Gelpi (409) 983-1104 (ext. 222)

  • Pleasure Island Marina Boat Ramp – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site

GALVESTON BAY – Local TPWD coordinator Christine Jensen (281) 534-0100

  • Jones Lake State Ramp (Fat Boys) — Non-facilitated trap drop-off site
  • Dickinson Bayou SH 146 Bridge Public Boat Ramp — Non-facilitated trap drop-off site
  • Fort Anahuac County Park Boat Ramp — Non-facilitated trap drop-off site, Sponsored by Galveston Bay Foundation and Chambers County
  • Chocolate Bayou State Boat Ramp FM 2004 — Non-facilitated trap drop-off site
  • TPWD Dickinson Marine Lab — Non-facilitated trap drop-off site during business hours (M-F, 8am-5pm)
  • Stingaree Restaurant and Marina (Bolivar) — Non-facilitated trap drop-off site, Sponsored by Galveston Bay Foundation
  • Christmas Bay boat ramp – Facilitated by the Christmas Bay Foundation. Please visit Christmas Bay Foundation’s site for more information about volunteering at this location.

MATAGORDA BAY – Local TPWD coordinator Leslie Hartman (361) 972-6253

Please visit San Antonio Bay Partnership’s site for more information about volunteering throughout the mid-coast.

  • Matagorda Harbor at Matagorda – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site
  • Railroad Park at Palacios – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site

SAN ANTONIO BAY – Local TPWD coordinator Kelly Kowal (361) 983-4425

Please visit San Antonio Bay Partnership’s site for more information about volunteering throughout the mid-coast.

  • Charlie’s Bait Stand — Facilitated and trap drop-off site
  • Port O’Connor TPWD Docks — Facilitated and trap drop-off site
  • Austwell Public Boat Ramp – Facilitated by San Antonio Bay Partnership & trap drop-off site
  • Seadrift Marina – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site
  • Swan Point / Sanders Park Boat Ramp, Seadrift – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site

ARANSAS BAY – Local TPWD coordinator Zach Olsen (361) 729-5429

Please visit San Antonio Bay Partnership’s site for more information about volunteering throughout the mid-coast.

  • Goose Island State Park Boat Ramp – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site

CORPUS CHRISTI BAY – Local TPWD coordinator Tom Wagner (361) 729-2328

  • South Conn Brown Harbor Public Ramp – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site (Bigelow Street, Aransas Pass, TX 78336)
  • Ransom Channel Public Ramp – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site (Ransom Drive, Aransas Pass, TX 78336)

UPPER LAGUNA MADRE – Local TPWD coordinator Faye Grubbs (361) 825-3353

  • Bluff’s Landing Marina – Non-facilitated and trap drop-off site (4242 Laguna Shores Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78418)
  • Kaufer-Hubert Memorial Boat Ramp – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site (FM 628 Exd Riviera, TX 78379)

LOWER LAGUNA MADRE – Local TPWD coordinator Jason Ferguson (956) 350- 4490

  • Adolfe Thomae County Park – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site
  • Port Mansfield Navigation District Ramp – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site

Update on State Management of Red Snapper

By | Advocacy, News

All anglers need to be aware of some recent developments with the management of red snapper. On August 24, 2020 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a temporary rule in the Federal Register: 2020 Red Snapper Private Angling Component Accountability Measure in Federal Waters Off Texas. Just two years after approving a plan to allow the Gulf states to develop their own recreational data collection systems to better manage red snapper and certifying those state programs, NOAA Fisheries intends to force the states to calibrate their data back to the flawed federal data system that caused significant turmoil in the first place.

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Dagger Island Project Completed

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Partnership accomplishes significant Redfish Bay habitat restoration project

ROCKPORT, Texas – September 2020 – Recognizing that Texas coastal wetland loss impacts everyone, Ducks Unlimited has partnered with Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) and the Building Conservation Trust (BCT), the national habitat program of CCA, to support efforts by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to restore Dagger Island and protect important seagrass beds in Redfish Bay.

“Dagger Island has provided generations of anglers with incredibly productive places to fish,” said Patrick Murray, president of CCA National. “Restoring this iconic area will ensure that future generations are also able to enjoy everything this unique area has to offer. We are truly proud and excited to be partners with Ducks Unlimited and TPWD on this innovative project.”

Dagger Island was once a nearly continuous island running from the confluence of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Corpus Christi ship channel to Ransom Island in Redfish Bay. Natural and anthropogenic activities led to erosive forces that decreased the size of the island and broken it into a chain of smaller islands. This decline altered the function and values provided to the Redfish Bay system, including protection of large stands of seagrasses, which are important for water quality in the bay. TPWD developed a shoreline protection master plan for Dagger and Ransom Islands and hired Ducks Unlimited to design and oversee construction of the project. Ducks Unlimited constructed 0.71 miles of breakwater and 1.17 miles of containment levee in order to prepare for the future placement of beneficial use dredge material to restore 25 acres of Dagger Island. Ducks Unlimited also constructed an additional 0.55 miles of breakwater in order to protect an adjacent island.

“Wetland restoration not only benefits waterfowl and fisheries, but the communities around them. The Redfish Bay area has superior recreational opportunities for people to enjoy,” DU Director of Development Matt Bunn said. “Having partners like CCA and BCT make restoring wetlands in this area possible.”

The partners worked together to protect and enhance 5,236 acres of seagrass beds, intertidal wetlands and coastal islands in the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area. Redfish Bay contains the northernmost extensive stands of seagrass on the Texas coast and is one of only three bays that contain all five species of native seagrass in Texas.

Restoration and protection of remnant portions of Dagger Island will protect seagrasses and other essential estuarine wetlands from wave energy caused by winds and large vessel traffic on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. These seagrass beds are important for waterfowl and fisheries resources, including finfish, shrimp, blue crab and sea turtles.

“Degradation and loss of these islands has been of concern to TPWD for several years. Because of the ecological and economical significance of this area, TPWD is also concerned about the shoreline erosion on Dagger and Ransom Islands and the subsequent impacts on nearby seagrass beds if these islands continue to erode,” Paul Silva, TPWD natural resource specialist, project manager said. “Ducks Unlimited’s wetland restoration expertise and ability to leverage funding makes them a tremendous partner for us in efforts like this one.”

Funding for this project was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, CCA Texas, BCT and Ducks Unlimited.

For an aerial tour of the project, click HERE.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Meeting Cancelled

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The March meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission previously scheduled for March 25-26 has been cancelled. All agenda items, including southern flounder proposals, have been postponed until the May meeting. The public comment period for the agenda items has been extended until the May meeting.

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One Fish, Two Coasts – Same Big Problem

By | Advocacy, News

Southern Flounder are in trouble.

Gradually, over the last three decades, populations have been in decline and the abundance of flounder across their entire geographic range are at near-record lows. Fishery managers from Texas to North Carolina are grappling with difficult management decisions as previous actions taken by the states have only manufactured temporary results. Click here to read more…