Officials to discuss recreational saltwater fishing regulations

August 27, 2012

By Jim Hiney

COLLEGE STATION, Texas —The Texas Sea Grant College Program will co-host five public workshops on offshore recreational fishing regulations at various locations along the Texas coast during the first week in September.

The workshops, presented free of charge in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service, are intended to clarify for the public existing recreational fishing regulations that apply to state and federal waters off the Texas coast. These regulations include license and permit requirements, seasons, equipment and size limits.

The workshops will focus on current regulations only and will not include public discussion on proposed or pending regulations. For more information, contact TPWD Game Warden Les Casterline at (361) 289-5566.

The workshop schedule is:

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m., Port Isabel Fire Hall, 205 N. Longoria St., Port Isabel.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Chamber of Commerce Pavilion, 101 E. Port Drive, Port Mansfield.

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., Port Aransas Outdoor Pavilion, Roberts Point Park, JC Barr Blvd., Port Aransas.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Bauer Exhibit Hall, Calhoun County Fairgrounds, CR 101, Port Lavaca.

Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., TPWD Dickinson Lab, 1502 Pine Dr. (FM 517), Dickinson.

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.