The lower Laguna Madre is one of three hyper-saline lagoons in the northern hemisphere. With 75% of her bottom covered in seagrasses, the Mother Lagoon teems with shrimp and forage fish that feed the most sought after species in Texas--the Texas Trophy Trout. Mounting fishing pressure and a coastal population expected to double within twenty years has created some very unique challenges for the lower Laguna Madre. Rest assured; the Shuler family will be doing all in our power to educate the public, protect our estuary, and report any situations involving the lower Laguna Madre to you.
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Flounder, Paddle Craft Guides and Consistency with Fed Regs Top Coastal Fisheries Issues at TPW Commission Hearing
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners Wednesday approved several proposed changes to saltwater fishing regulations recommended by TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division staff. The changes include new regulations dealing with flounder, federal consistency issues for sharks and other species, and a paddle craft licensing and training program. Scoping of these issues has been ongoing since the fall of 2008.
The Coastal Fisheries Division proposals are part of statewide proposed hunting and fishing regulation changes for the upcoming 2009-2010 season. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has set a record 46 public hearings across the state in February and March to explain the proposals and seek public input. Hearing dates and locations are on the 2009 TPWD Statewide Public Hearings Web page. After the regulations proposals are published in the Texas Register in early February, anyone may also comment online via theTPWD Opportunities for Comment Web page. The TPW Commission will make final decisions about proposed regulations at its March 25-26 meeting in Austin. Read more here:
Current Issues Facing the lower Laguna Madre
Parks and Wildlife has been monitoring a twenty year decline in
Speckled Trout populations. As the regulating agency, TPWD is
holding public scoping meetings and hearings to find management
options to reverse the downward trend. The most popular, and
common sense option, is the concept of regionalization. Read
more about the regionalization effort and lend your support on
SupportRegionalization.com. The lower Laguna Madre needs