Coastal Fisheries Plan, 1987-1988




Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


The objectives of this report are: 1) assess annually the status of finfish, shrimp, crab and oyster populations and associated environmental variables in the coastal waters; 2) seek the best scientific information and approaches available in making management assessments of the fishery by consulting the scientific literature, other resource management agencies and resource users and by publishing and presenting results of scientific studies; 3) prepare long-range management plans which determine optimum yield for brown shrimp, white shrimp, blue crab, red drum, spotted seatrout, southern flounder, black drum and American oyster to provide maximum economic benefits to the fishermen while protecting the resource; 4) enhance existing fishery population by stocking red drum, spotted seatrout, striped bass and white shrimp in Texas bays and assessing the impact of stocking on present populations and existing fisheries; 5) enhance fishery habitat and economic benefits by revitalizing 500 acres of oyster reefs; 6) determine annually the utilization and economic value of fishery resources; 7) inform fishermen and consumers on seafood utilization to the maximum extent possible through improved communication with users of the resources; 8) prepare fishery plans and manage coastal resources through participation in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and other entities; and 9) develop mariculture techniques for the commercial production of black drum, southern flounder, spotted seatrout, orangemouth corvina and their hybrids, and provide information to the commercial mariculturist in Texas.


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recommendations, management strategies, aquatic marine resources, results of research and monitoring, size and changes of finfish, shellfish populations, marine species, economic characteristics of fisheries, seafood products