Red Snapper Town Hall Meeting Slated for April 25 at UH Clear Lake

This just in from veteran Gulf charterboat skipper Capt. Charles Foster of Blue Chip Charter Services of Sargent, Texas. Capt. Foster has been running Gulf trips for 27 years, and for the past 15 has been headquartered out of Sargent.Red Snapper

Capt. Foster and his wife (and, for all practical purposes, “co-captain,” seeing as how she can out-fish most of the guys I know in the blue-water arena) are extremely knowledgeable. Like many Gulf of Mexico regulars who operate out of Texas, the Fosters are extremely concerned with the current situation regarding red snapper management in Texas offshore waters.

I spent a good deal of time interviewing Dr. Larry McKinney, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Director of Aquatic Resources, about the ongoing controversy during the recently-held Texas Outdoor Writers Association annual meeting in College Station.

It’s a complex story … one that, as I collect more information, I will share with you and everyone at Meanwhile, in a nutshell, the federal government’s assessment of Gulf of Mexico red snapper stocks out of Texas, and TPWD’s own carefully-compiled data, are, to put it mildly, “at odds.”

The federal data is largely gleaned from information garnered via snapper population surveys conducted on the Eastern Gulf waters of Alabama and Florida. It’s a whole different region with, according to TPWD, a wholly different situation in terms of snapper abundance. TPWD, I am proud to report, is holding firm in its stance against the feds’ questionable data and regulations. McKinney is currently in meetings with federal representatives, and again, as I gather more information on this controversial and complex scenario, I will pass it on.

Meanwhile, those with an interest in the Texas snapper situation are well advised to attend the April 25 Town Hall Meeting in Clear Lake, Texas. Many thanks to Capt. Foster for sharing this. If you want to book a trip with one of the Gulf’s most accomplished pros (and a guy who is arguably the best big-amberjack specialist in the state), send an email to:

Red snapper “Town Hall Meeting” to be held evening of April 25 at UH Clear Lake

A Town Hall meeting concerning the current red snapper crisis in the Gulf of Mexico will be held at 6:30 PM on Friday, April 25th in Clear Lake. Congressman Nick Lampson will attend along with Dr. Roy Crabtree of the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council. Discussion of the recently-shortened recreational season will be held along with a question-and-answer session.
The meeting will be at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area, located at the Bayou Theater on the second floor of the Bayou Building. All anglers who have an interest in this fishery are encouraged to attend and voice their opinion on the current state of the fishery.

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