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Old 10-31-2013, 03:50 PM
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A&M Corpus Christi New Sport Fish Science and Conservation Center

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Oct. 31, 2013


Board Approves Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M System Board of Regents has approved the creation of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) within the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

“The Island University is excited to have the first center of its kind in the nation dedicated to advancing sportfish management, science, and conservation,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The new Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation will position the University as a national and international leader in addressing issues related to sportfish.”

Recreational saltwater fishing in Texas generates more than $981 million dollars in retail sales each year with more than 750,000 saltwater anglers supporting an annual economic impact of $1.7 billion dollars.

“We will contribute the expertise and the leadership needed to help ensure that the state’s multi-billion dollar recreational fisheries continue to thrive for future generations,” said Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director of the HRI. “The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation will provide a robust base of scientific knowledge to assure that the best decisions are made in managing fisheries and marine environments.”

Dr. Greg Stunz, Director of the CSSC and Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health at the HRI, says that both inshore and offshore, we face many challenges in maintaining healthy sportfish populations. These threats include a changing environment that is seeing diminished freshwater inflows to estuaries; habitat loss due to coastal development; and increasing pressure from commercial fisheries.

“The Center will address the most critical issues and problems affecting sport fisheries today,” said Stunz. “Our team is ready to take on the challenges facing the recreational fishing industry along the Texas coast and the Gulf of Mexico.”

In November 2012, the Coastal Conservation Association-Texas (CCA-Texas) pledged $500,000 to support the CSSC. CCA Texas is a leader in restoring the fisheries for spotted sea trout and red drum, advocating for freshwater inflows to Texas estuaries, habitat restoration, and education.

In addition, the CSSC will provide hands-on research opportunities for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi graduate and undergraduate students. It will also be a hub for marine research for the Texas A&M University System and other scientists interested in marine fisheries investigations.

About the HRI: The Harte Research Institute, an endowed research component of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. Expertise at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) includes the consequences and long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Harte Research Institute is made possible by an endowment from the Ed Harte family. For more information, go to http://www.harteresearchinstitute.org/.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:22 PM
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Just hope they study fisheries issues instead of using influence to privatize public water for their kayak buddies. After the last report was completely manipulated I have very little confidence in the good dr.
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Just hope they study fisheries issues instead of using influence to privatize public water for their kayak buddies. After the last report was completely manipulated I have very little confidence in the good dr.
Which/whose report are you referring to? Harte Research Institute or CCA or NMFS? Care to elaborate? Also, which waters have been "privatized", Lighthouse Lakes area?

At face value, it looks like a positive development to me... However, my information may be limited on these issues. I do remember some controversy about the use of outboards 2-3 years ago. Erroneously reported on the radio by a Middle Coast guide, as a ban on PB's. As it turned out at the time, it was a restriction to the use of trolling motors to protect seagrasses. I endorse access to all players as long as habitat is not compromised...

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill remains a major concern to me and marine biologists with LUMCON as well as others. Especially, the unprecedented use of 1.8 MILLION GALLONS OF COREXIT dispersant applied both above and below at the wellhead...
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This is one thread that comes to mind.

http://2coolfishing.com/ttmbforum/sh...e+pole+exposed
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Just hope they study fisheries issues instead of using influence to privatize public water for their kayak buddies. After the last report was completely manipulated I have very little confidence in the good dr.
I'm with you on this one Chuck. After the last debacle we were witness to, I am also leary of the institutes overall intentions.

I would hope that the political influences will check their weapons at the door and keep out of the "sportfish" scientific research.
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Forgive me, I am new to the overall situation however I do participate in scientific research, only here at A&M at galveston, what was this last debacle everyone is talking about?

Please dont direct me to another thread, a brief summary is all im looking for right now.
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Challenges to Sharing and Conserving Our Bays

I do not intend to offend anyone here, I apologize if I have. Blueshoes here is the introduction from Dr. Larry McKinney. You may have the resources to obtain a copy of the original report to review.

The workshop was interesting and very informative to say the least. Myself and several others in attendance agreed that much of the subject matter and results of the workshop were skewed to best represent the needs and wants of some special interest groups involved.
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Thanks capt lowtide I and many others have no use for special interests and others.the letter with mention of increased population and increased use on Bays and such just opens the door on the blame game IMO.I think we Fisherman need to keep a open mind but at the same time keep a eagle eye on the players.If they are sincere about maintaining habitat and growing habitat then I'm on board.If they are for restricting habitat and access then I'm against

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The last few pages of the thread explain much of the blatant manipulation to achieve the goals of a small group. Here is a short statement highlighting just one example of the manipulation the good dr attempted in his report. It is littered with inaccuracies. I can't believe he will not use his position to manipulate data again to get his end result.

http://2coolfishing.com/ttmbforum/sh...xposed&page=41
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Dang. Well lets hope they use it to benefit all of us and the fish and not push their own agenda
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