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11th Anniversary of Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program Coming Up - If you’re a saltwater angler and don’t like the idea of hundreds of abandoned crab traps catching and killing game fish you could have landed, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers willing to help get rid of these derelict traps along the coast. read more -->

Boater Ed Now Required for Operators Born After Sept. 1, 1993 - Anyone looking forward to operating a motor-powered vessel or sailboat on Texas public waters this year needs to have completed a state-approved boater education course if born after Sept. 1, 1993. read more -->

Consumption advisory issued for gafftopsail catfish in Sabine Lake - The Texas Department of State Health Services today advised limiting consumption of gafftopsail (gafftop) catfish from the Texas waters of Sabine Lake because of concerns about chemicals known as PCBs. PCBs are known to cause cancer and neurobehavioral and immunological changes in animals. read more -->

Time to Begin Work on Texas State-Fish Art Contest Entries - Student artists across Texas in grades K - 12 take notice: It’s time to start preparing your entries for the 2012 Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest. The contest is open to all students in public, private or home schools. Entry deadline is March 31 each year. read more -->

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia - Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world's first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change. The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan. read more -->

Blue CrabFree Fishing in State Parks - Texas Parks & Wildlife has waived the normal fishing license and stamp requirements for anyone fishing inside the property boundary of a Texas state park. Once you've paid the park entrance fees, no one needs a fishing license or stamp, whether freshwater or saltwater, adult or child, as long as they're inside the state park. However, bag limits, length limits, and other regulations will still apply, and be enforced.

State announces plans to close Rollover Pass - The state is asking for public comments on a plan to replace Rollover Pass with two fishing piers, a bait shop and other amenities. Studies of the area found the pass boosts salinity levels in the Galveston Bay and causes erosion on peninsula beaches. The Texas Legislature has approved $5.85 million to fill in the pass, a popular fishing spot on Bolivar Peninsula. read more -->

Giant black tiger shrimp invading Gulf of Mexico - An exotic, large species of monster shrimp is being found once again in the Gulf of Mexico and posing a potential threat to the $700 million Gulf shrimping industry, according to Tony Reisinger, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for coastal and marine resources in South Texas. read more -->

Texas Anglers Alerted To Possible Coastal Freeze Events and Fishing Closures - As Texas approaches the winter season and temperatures drop, many anglers continue to enjoy great fishing on coastal bays. However, when temperatures on the coast are predicted to fall below 32°F for three or more days, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) executive director has the authority to close some areas to saltwater fishing until the threat from the freeze event is over. read more -->

Winter Trout Stocking Program Locations Announced - Throw your rod and reel in the car and take the short drive to your local fishing hole, it’s time once again for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s annual winter rainbow trout stocking. read more -->

TPWD Seeks Input on Expanded Seagrass Protection - Agency Scoping Possibility of State Scientific Area near JFK Causeway
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will hold initial scoping meetings and take online comments this winter about two possible regulations changes for 2012, depending on stakeholder input—a new state scientific area to protect seagrass in the Laguna Madre near the John F. Kennedy Memorial Causeway in Nueces County, and a clarification of emergency rules to protect fish during coastal freezes. read more -->

New Texas State Park Guide Adds Digital and Spanish Versions
The latest edition of the 112-page Texas State Park Guide is now available in a variety of formats just in time for outdoor lovers to find that perfect spot to enjoy greater solitude and cooler fall weather as the summer crowds and swelter fade. read more -->

Lionfish reported at Flower Garden Banks
Lionfish, a venomous invasive marine species considered one of the top predators in many coral reef environments in the Atlantic, has been documented at NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary — the first instance of the invader in the sanctuary since the species spread to U.S. East Coast waters in 2000. read more -->

Galveston Bay Oyster Restoration Expanding
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has hired Apollo Environmental Strategies of Beaumont to distribute more than 70,000 cubic yards of oyster reef building materials (called “cultch”) over six natural, publicly owned oyster reefs in Galveston Bay. read more ->

Hunting, Fishing Licenses sold online August 15
Current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31, and new licenses for 2011-2012 will go on sale Monday, August 15. read more ->

$1.5 million Federal Grant to Expand Texas Artificial Reef Program
The sand-bottom Gulf of Mexico provides almost no natural reefs for marine life, which is why the Texas Artificial Reef Program was created to provide structures for a thriving ocean ecosystem of aquatic invertebrates and the fish that feed on them. A $1.5 million federal grant will fund creation or enhancement of seven reef sites off the Texas coast in coming years. read more ->

TPWD Increases License, Boat Registration Fees
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved increases to hunting and fishing licenses, as well as boat titling and registration fees. Most fees will increase by five percent and the increases take effect with the 2009-2010 license year, starting this fall for recreational hunting and fishing licenses. read more ->

Boaters Reminded About Registration, New Web Renewal Service Available
Boaters gearing up for summer fun on the water in Texas are reminded about the need for boat registration and boat and outboard motor titling. Also, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has a new Web service that started in March which allows boat owners to renew online. read more ->

New Web App Tracks Texas Tarpon
A new online tool created by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will help anglers find out where tarpon have been seen or caught in Texas waters, and will help biologists learn more about the "silver king’s" distribution and movements. read more ->