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    Texas coastal fishing closures

    Texas coastal fishing closures

    https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/rel...?req=20180101a


    News Release
    Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030
    Jan. 1, 2018


    Temporary Fishing Closure in Place on Texas Coast during Freeze

    AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has issued a temporary closure to saltwater fishing along parts of the Texas coast to protect resources during freezing weather conditions. The closure takes effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 and extends through 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

    In addition to killing game fish in shallow bay waters, a hard freeze can also cause surviving fish to congregate in a few deeper areas where they become sluggish and prone to capture. Those are the areas the department has temporarily closed.

    "The high mortality that a freeze can cause may deplete fish stocks for years," said Robin Riechers, director of TPWD’s Coastal Fisheries Division. "Protection of the surviving fish during the few days when they are especially vulnerable to capture would likely shorten the time period for overall recovery of coastal species, especially spotted sea trout."

    Texas has about two million acres of bays and estuaries susceptible to freeze. There were three major freezes during the 1980s, including one in 1989 when the temperature at Brownsville dropped to 16 degrees and an estimated 11 million fish were killed in the freeze event.

    Anglers and coastal residents can report any freeze related fish kills or large numbers of sluggish or cold-stunned fish by contacting TPWD’s Law Enforcement Communications office at (281) 842-8100 or (512) 389-4848.

    Coastal Areas Closed To Fishing During Freeze Conditions

    Effective 6 AM, Jan. 2, 2018 through 10:00 PM, Jan. 3, 2018

    Aransas

    Aransas Pass

    City by the Sea

    All waters and canals of the City by the Sea subdivision west of the GIWW and a line beginning at a point on the entryway seawall (27 57.08" N; 97 06.05" W) extending across the entrance to a point (27 57.04" N; 97 06.06" W).

    Aransas

    Fulton

    The Raquetball

    All waters and channels of the Racquetball Club development Club west of line beginning at a point on the entryway seawall (28 05.94" N; 97 01.73" W) extending across the entrance to a point (28 05.96" N; 97 01.73" W).

    Aransas

    Fulton

    Kon Tiki

    All waters and canals of the Kon Tiki development west of a line beginning at a point on the entryway seawall adjacent to the end of the fishing pier (28 06.04" N; 97 01.49" W) extending across the entrance to a point (28 05.99" N; 97 01.49" W).

    Aransas

    Rockport

    Bahia Bay

    All waters and canals of the Bahia Bay subdivision west of the GIWW and a line beginning at a point on the entryway seawall (27 57.63" N; 97 05.66" W) extending across the entrance to a point (27 58.65" N; 97 05.66" W).

    Aransas

    Rockport

    Cove Harbor

    Entire harbor west of the GIWW and a line beginning at a point on the entryway seawall (27 59.37" N; 97 04.38" W) extending across the entrance to a point (27 59.42" N; 97 04.35" W).

    Aransas

    Rockport

    La Buena Vida

    All waters and canals of the La Buena Vida subdivision west of the GIWW and a line beginning at a point on the entryway seawall (27 57.31" N; 97 05.89" W) extending across the entrance to a point (27 58.36" N; 97 05.89" W).

    Aransas

    Rockport

    Little Bay

    All waters of Little Bay and connected waters west of Nine Mile Point on Key Allegro (28 01.98" N; 97 01.52" W), including Blevins Channel south of the entryway seawall (28 03.05" N; 97 01.87" W), Leggett Channel west of the entryway seawall (28 01.80" N; 97 01.84" W) and all canals within the Key Allegro and Harbor Oaks subdivisions.

    Aransas

    Rockport

    Palm Harbor

    All waters and canals of the Palm Harbor subdivision west of the GIWW and a line beginning at a point on the entryway seawall (27 58.05" N; 97 05.36" W) extending across the entrance to a point (27 58.03" N; 97 05.36" W).

    Aransas

    Rockport

    Rockport Harbor

    Entire harbor north of the entryway seawall and a line beginning on the entryway seawall (28 01.19" N; 97 02.89" W) extending across the entrance to a point (28 01.19" N; 97 03.00" W).

    Aransas

    Lamar

    Sea Gun Marina

    Entire harbor north of the entryway seawall and a line beginning Harbor at a point on the entryway seawall (28 08.06" N; 97 00.40" W) extending across the entrance to a point (28 08.11" N; 97 00.42" W).

    Calhoun

    Port O’Connor

    Army Hole

    The enclosed waters between the Matagorda Island State Park docks and Pringle Lake.

    Cameron

    Brownsville

    Brazos Santiago Pass South Jetty

    Gulf of Mexico from and including the Brazos Santiago Pass south jetty along the beach for one half statute mile and out from shore for 1,000 yards.

    Cameron

    Point Isabel

    Area from shore out to a line from the high point of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway on the northwest and the end of the old causeway on the southeast including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway bounded by the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway on the north and the Port Isabel Swing Bridge on the south. Does not include the adjacent canal in Port Isabel.

    Galveston

    Dickinson, Texas City

    Moses Lake

    From Moses Lake to the Tide gate, to include the navigational channel up to the northern shoreline of Dollar Bay (area corresponds to 29 26.00" N to 29 27.00" N). Dollar Bay and Moses Bayou are not included.

    Galveston

    Offats Bayou

    All of Offats Bayou east of Marker 22.

    Matagorda

    Matagorda

    Matagorda

    Entire harbor from the entrance to the Gulf ICWW.Harbor

    Matagorda

    Palacios

    Shrimp Basin

    Entire shrimp basin from the entrance to Matagorda Bay, including all turning basins.

    Nueces

    Corpus Christi

    Padre Island

    The area is bounded on the north by Packery Channel, on the subdivision west by the ICWW and on the south by a line drawn due east from the intersection of the New Humble Channel and the ICWW to the mainland (along 27 35.25" N).

    Orange

    Bridge City

    Entergy Outfall

    Entire canal – from the mouth of the canal at the Neches River Canal to the power plant.

    San Patricio

    Aransas Pass

    Conn Brown

    Entire harbor north and west of the GIWW and a line beginning from the Harbor at a point on the entryway seawall (27 53.96" N; 97 08.09" W) extending across the entrance to a point (27 53.82" N; 97 08.13" W).

    Willacy

    Port Mansfield

    Port Mansfield

    Entire harbor from the corners of the bulkheads on either side of Harbor to the harbor mouth.
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