Officials with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) have issued a call to action for their membership and other Texas coastal anglers.
Since 2008 the public oyster reefs in Texas have been continuously overfished by the commercial oyster industry according to CCA officials.
“We now have a unique opportunity to make significant changes and assist Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in managing the commercial harvest of our public reefs to protect and conserve this important resource. TPWD has made several proposals regarding the future management of the oyster fishery, and it needs CCA’s support.”
The proposals are as follows:
1) Public Meetings. TPWD will hold three public meetings to review the proposals and accept public comment. It is critical that CCA Texas has a strong showing at these meetings and that we speak up for our public oyster reefs.
The public hearings will be held at the following locations on Monday August 7, 2017 from 6-9 pm:
Calhoun County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Auditorium
186 Henry Barber Way, Port Lavaca, TX 77979
2310 Sealy Street, Galveston, TX 77550
Aransas County Courthouse
301 N. Live Oak St., Rockport, TX 78382
2) Online Public Comment. TPWD has an online public comment portal where you can review and submit your support for the proposals. There are boxes at the top of the page for you to enter your name and county of residence. You must then scroll down to the bottom of the page, click the Agree button, and click Submit. You will need to scroll far down the screen to get to the submit button.
Click here to go to the TPWD public comment portal.
The TPWD Commission will take final action on these proposals during their August 24, 2017 meeting (begins at 9:00 am) that will be held at TPWD Austin Headquarters – 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744. Any proposal, as adopted by the TPW Commission, will become effective November 1, 2017.