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A federal judge in Brownsville has ruled in favor of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in a joint lawsuit brought by the agencies challenging an emergency regulation enacted by the National Marine Fisheries Service over red snapper seasons. The ruling means...
The Texas A&M System Board of Regents recently approved the creation of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation within the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Recreational saltwater fishing in Texas generates more than $981 million dollars in retail sales each year...
A week after a ruling striking down an emergency rule that gave NOAA Fisheries the authority to adjust red snapper seasons off each Gulf state based on whether their state-water seasons and bag limits were consistent with federal regulations, we now have an answer on this year's framework: a...
Red snapper issues have been contentious in recent years, especially in 2013 when Texas, Louisiana and other Gulf states pushed back against proposed federal rules, urging that snapper regulation be left up to the discretion of states, citing scientific research supporting the stance. Gov. Rick Perry and other Gulf state...
Red snapper fishing in Texas and across the Gulf of Mexico is a hot-button topic, full of firebrand reproaches and approaches for past, present and future management of one of the most popular fisheries in the world. However, in moving forward, technology will play a large part in deciding how...
Texas is blessed with a sweeping coastline that stretches from a state border to an international one, and when you factor in the expansive Gulf of Mexico, there is no shortage of a variety of saltwater fishing terrain. However, there are few places where anglers are able to simply go...
The vibrant afternoon that held promise had turned into a shadowy evening crammed with frustration. The sloping sand flat littered with waving grass and oyster shells had produced a number of good fish in the past, but on this coastal day, the only reds and specks that materialized were in...
NOAA Fisheries has announced a final rule for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which sets quotas for commercial and recreational harvest. The red snapper quota will increase from 8.08 million pounds to 8.46 million pounds whole weight for 2013 seasons, with recreational anglers getting 4.145 million pounds, 49 percent of the...
Three Texas men have been cited for violating federal reef fish regulations June 19 in the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited Oscar Naranjo, 49, of Galveston; Eustacio Rangel, 51, of Port Isabel; and Vincent Longoria, 47, of Palacios after finding them in possession of...
Gov. Rick Scott last week sent a letter to Secretary Penny Pritzker of the U.S. Department of Commerce, outlining his disappointment in the lack of flexibility the federal system allows for the management of the red snapper season and other stock fish. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council earlier...