The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is inviting the public to participate in shaping the future of spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) harvest regulations along the Texas coast. In response to the freeze event that struck in February 2021, affecting a substantial spotted seatrout population, emergency measures were implemented to aid the recovery of this beloved game fish. These temporary regulations were in effect until August 31, when the former statewide bag and size limits were reinstated.
To ensure that these regulations align with the community's needs and preferences, TPWD Coastal Fisheries staff will conduct a series of public meetings along the coast. This is your chance to impact the management of spotted seatrout directly.
Here are the details for the upcoming public meetings:
Port Lavaca: Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bauer Community Center, 2300 Texas Highway 35, Port Lavaca, TX, 77979.
Rockport: Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Saltwater Pavilion at Rockport Beach Park, 210 Seabreeze Dr., Rockport, TX, 78382.
Corpus Christi: Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Natural Resources Building, 6300 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, TX, 78412.
Port Isabel: Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center, 309 Railroad St., Port Isabel, TX, 78578.
Port Arthur: Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bob Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center, Port Arthur, TX, 77642.
Galveston: Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Ave., Galveston, TX, 77550.
Your input can help shape the future of spotted seatrout management in Texas. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a casual observer, your perspective is valuable. Let's work together to ensure the sustainability and enjoyment of one of our iconic coastal fishes. Take advantage of this opportunity to make your voice heard!
For more information, call or email the TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division at 512-389-8575 or [email protected]