Archive | January, 2002

TPW Commission Tables Proposed Consistency with Fed Regs on Red Snapper, Sharks

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission agreed Jan. 23 to remove from consideration proposals to match proposed federal regulations on red snapper and sharks in the state’s territorial sea. In a TPW Commission Regulations Committee hearing, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Coastal Fisheries Division biologists recommended removing the red snapper consistency proposal […]

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Nationally Recognized Fishing Supply Company Receives Virtual Facelift

Charternet.com unveils new and improved web site for Captharry.com; a premier fishing tackle and equipment company for saltwater anglers just in time for the busy holiday season. Lake Mary, Florida December 12, 2007 – Charternet.com is proud to announce the redesign of Captharry.com; a web site that sells fishing tackle, rods, reels and other fishing […]

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Coastal Fisheries Bay Team Tournaments Scheduled for 2007

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department kicks-off the 2007 Coastal Fisheries Bay Team program with two events in South Padre Island April 7 and April 21. The program, launched in 2005, is designed to recruit experienced anglers to assist TPWD with collecting brood stock for hatchery programs. The anglers receive t-shirts […]

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Lavaca Bay Restoration

AUSTIN, Texas — Federal, state, local community and industry leaders on March 28 celebrated a successful cooperative effort to clean up and restore the Point Comfort/Lavaca Bay Superfund site, located midway between Houston and Corpus Christi. Mercury contamination released from Alcoa Inc.’s Point Comfort manufacturing facility in the late 1960’s contaminated areas of Lavaca Bay […]

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Tips for choosing and using the right Anchor.

Tips for choosing and using the right Anchor. Myths and Facts: Myth: The heavier the anchor, the better….. Fact: Modern designs and state-of-the-art engineering have made anchors not only better, but lighter, too! In several real world tests, including one conducted by the U.S. Navy, the best holding anchors were actually among the lightest! Anchor […]

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Improved Red Tide Response Tracks Decline of Texas Bloom

AUSTIN, Texas — A red tide event that lingered along the coastal bend for nearly a month appears to have largely subsided, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife officials. Water samples taken in the Corpus Christi and Port Aransas areas have shown decreasing concentrations of the red tide alga since mid-October, and there have been […]

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Public Reefing Program

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Nov. 2 adopted new rules that pave the way for a public reefing program in the state’s nearshore waters. In a separate action, the Commission voted to adopt regulations governing offshore aquaculture. The new rules concerning artificial reefs establish a mechanism to govern the deployment of […]

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1944 Texas Clipper To Become Gulf of Mexico Artificial Reef

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has completed contractual negotiations for the Texas Clipper to become the first major addition to the department’s Ships-to-Reefs program in more than 30 years. In early spring 2007, the clipper will be sunk 17 nautical miles off the southern coast of Texas to become an artificial […]

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Everything Kayak! Expo Slated for Aransas Pass Nov. 4-5

ARANSAS PASS, Texas — Kayaks seem to be everywhere these days — sprouting from the roofs of SUVs and compact cars alike, dotting streams and lakes and bays across Texas. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, kayaking participation nationwide doubled between 1998 and 2004, with recreational and sit-on-top kayaking the fastest growing segment of the […]

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Second Round of Public Meetings Slated for Spotted Seatrout

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Coastal Fisheries biologists will host a second round of public meetings in late September to discuss regional management options for the Lower Laguna Madre spotted seatrout fishery. Meetings are slated for: September 25, Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria Street, Port Isabel September 26, Harlingen Public Library, […]

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Spotted Seatrout Management Options for Lower Laguna Madre

AUSTIN, Texas — Anglers in the Lower Laguna Madre could see spotted seatrout bag and size limits that are different from those in effect in other bay systems as early as September 2007. A regional management plan for the Lower Laguna Madre is one solution being considered by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department coastal fisheries […]

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Satellite Tracking Study To Shed Light on Tarpon Migration

AUSTIN, Texas — For many a veteran angler, the pinnacle of a fishing career comes with the explosion of chromed muscle that signals his first tarpon hook-up. That experience was once common on the Texas Gulf coast; so common, in fact, that through the 1950s, tarpon tournaments were commonplace and presidents and potentates made the […]

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Record Sea Turtle Release Marks Kemp’s Ridley Comeback

TEPEHUAJES, Mexico — Mexican and U.S. scientists on June 28 marked the recovery of the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle here with the largest single-day turtle release since the binational recovery project began decades ago, helping close to 240,000 four-inch hatchlings wriggle across the sand and into the Gulf of Mexico. Even though sea turtle nestings […]

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Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Return to Texas Coast

NORTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are returning to the Texas coast to nest, and scientists are asking beach-goers to report turtle sightings, while also extending an invitation for visitors to witness releases of captive-raised turtle hatchlings crawling toward the sea. As of May 4, 28 Kemp’s Ridley nests had been located […]

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Assessment Raises Concerns About Lower Laguna Specks

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists have completed a new stock assessment of spotted seatrout in Texas. Spotted seatrout along with red drum comprise the two most important species sought by recreational anglers in Texas. Recreational fisheries generate annually $1.3 billion in economic benefits to the state and support some 13,000 jobs, so […]

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Boaters Urged To ‘Lift, Drift, Pole or Troll’ as New Seagrass Reg Takes Effect

ROCKPORT, Texas — The popular Redfish Bay area receives an extra measure of protection beginning May 1. On that date, a new regulation takes effect, prohibiting the uprooting of seagrass within the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area (RBSSA). The shallow, highly productive body of water straddling the Aransas Bay and Corpus Christi Bay systems in […]

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Coastal Forecast Offers Few Excuses for Not Catching Fish

AUSTIN, Texas — Coastal fisheries biologists say conditions are looking good for coastal anglers looking to hook their limit of red drum, black drum, spotted sea trout, and even an exotic visitor to coastal waters, the mangrove snapper. A recent analysis of fish sampling data and fishing activity shows the number of hours that anglers […]

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Gulf Council Seeks Input on Reef Fish, Shrimp Proposals

TAMPA, Fla. — The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a public meeting in Texas later this month, seeking input from commercial fishermen, sport anglers and others on proposed regulations designed to better protect reef fish such as red snapper and better manage shrimp stocks and control shrimp bycatch. A recent stock assessment […]

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Host of Holiday Events Set at Texas State Parks

AUSTIN, Texas — Few aspects of Christmas season bring joy to so many as do holiday lights, whether they decorate a Christmas tree, adorn gingerbread-trimmed Victorian homes or illuminate courthouses in many Texas communities. The Texas State Park system does its part to bring holiday cheer by lighting up everything from the Battleship TEXAS and […]

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TPWD Unveils Possible Hunting and Fishing Rule Changes

AUSTIN, Texas — The success of resource management efforts on a variety of fronts has led Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists to recommend several possible changes to next year’s hunting and fishing regulations. Among the topics being considered include: an expansion of special regulations affecting the harvest of whitetail bucks based on antler characteristics, […]

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Seagrass Protection Authorized for Redfish Bay

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissions on Nov. 3 voted to authorize seagrass conservation measures to protect ecologically important seagrass beds in the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area near Rockport. The new rules will take effect May 1, 2006. Shallow-water seagrasses in Texas bays provide vital nursery areas for diverse marine life, […]

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Biologists Assess Resource Damage From Hurricane Rita

AUSTIN, Texas — Wildlife and fisheries biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department say the full impacts on natural resources from Hurricane Rita may not be realized for some time, but assessments in East Texas and along the upper coast in recent weeks indicate substantial damage to some ecosystems. “The implication of that extensive […]

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Redfish Bay Seagrass Protection Rules Proposed

ROCKPORT, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing mandatory seagrass protection measures for the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area to protect ecologically important seagrass beds from motorboat propeller scarring. This past January, the department acted to continue the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area through 2010 and sought input from anglers, fishing guides, […]

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Job Opening

Information Specialist III: P Performs complex informational and media relations work. Duties involve the comprehensive preparation, coordination, and dissemination of public information, and the stimulation of public participation and representation in agency programs. Trains others, including student interns. Coordinates statewide programs and projects. Coordinates production of weekly packet of TPWD news releases, including writing, editing […]

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AFTER RITA, STATE PARKS DIG OUT, GAME WARDENS PATROL EAST TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas – Close to 200 Texas game wardens were on patrol Monday to help maintain order and safety in East Texas, particularly in southeastern counties hardest hit by Hurricane Rita this past weekend. Meanwhile, five Texas state parks near the Louisiana border were heavily damaged by the hurricane, many others sustained moderate damage and […]

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STATE PARKS HOST RITA EVACUEES, GAME WARDENS PREP FOR RESCUE WORK

AUSTIN, Texas – As Hurricane Rita bears down on the Texas coast, coastal state parks are temporarily closing, while others open their doors at no cost to hurricane evacuees. Meanwhile, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens, many of them fresh from Katrina duty in New Orleans, are staging for a possible new round of […]

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Copano Bay Fishing Pier Management Transfer Planned

FULTON, Texas — Ownership and management of the Copano Bay Causeway State Fishing Pier is expected to transfer from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to Aransas County Navigation District No. 1 this fall, a move expected to have little immediate affect on the visiting public. The department’s State Parks Division has operated the fishing pier […]

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Texas Waterfowl Seasons Adopted

AUSTIN, Texas — Patience and sharp bird identification skills are important traits shared by most waterfowl hunters. They will need both during the upcoming hunting seasons. Among the changes to the 2005-06 waterfowl hunting regulations adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission include a reduced scaup limit, an aggregate “dusky duck” bag limit and […]

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo Debuts New Activities Oct. 1-2

AUSTIN, Texas — New exhibits and activities about springs, rivers, bays and beaches; wildlife conservation; Texas history at state parks; nature photography and more will debut Oct. 1-2 at America’s largest free, family-oriented festival of the outdoors. The 14th annual Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo will allow tens of thousands of visitors to try fishing, […]

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Heat, Low Oxygen Cause Fish Kills On Texas Coast

HOUSTON — State biologists are asking coastal anglers, boaters and homeowners to report fish kills occurring on the upper and central Texas coast caused by summer heat, low water flow and resulting low dissolved oxygen in the water. “The summer doldrums, hot, dry and still weather, has settled on the coast during recent weeks,” said […]

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