Along the entire Texas coast, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department( TPWD) is looking for public input on spotted seatrout harvest regulations, including bag and size restrictions.
Emergency and momentary decreased harvest regulations were implemented in many bay systems following the freeze event in February 2021, which affected tens of thousands of spotted seatrout, with the aim of hastening the recovery of the common game fish. Previous statewide bag and size limits were reinstated after the temporary rules expired on August 31.
In order to get input from stakeholders and constituents regarding spotted seatrout management options, TPWD Coastal Fisheries staff may hold a number of open scoping meetings along the coast.
The following people sessions are open to the public, who is encouraged to attend and offer commentary:
- Tuesday, October 17, at the Bauer Community Center, 2300 Texas Highway 35, Port Lavaca, Texas, 77979, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- At the Saltwater Pavilion in Rockport Beach Park, 210 Seabreeze Dr., Rockport, TX, 78382, on Wednesday, October 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 o’clock
- At Texas A & M University’s Corpus Christi Natural Resources Building, 6300 Ocean Dr., Corps Christ, TX, 78412, on Wednesday, October 18, between 6 and 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 18, at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center, 309 Railroad St., Port Isabel, TX, 78578, from 6 p.m. to 8 m
- Thursday, October 19, at the Bob Bowers Civic Center( 3401 Cultural Center, Port Arthur, Texas, 77642, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- At the Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Ave., Galveston, Texas, 77550, on Thursday, October 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 pp.
Call or email the TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division at 512-389-8575 or [ email protected ] for more details.