2CoolFishing - TPand W meetings
TPand W is having a series of meetings in January to "consider changes in the present Red Snapper and Shark fisheries to attain greater consistency between Federal reulations and State Regulations . This is Agencyspeak for " we are getting a lot of pressure from the Feds to close state waters when the EEZ closes and we going to cave ." The only way to have a chance to keep a state fishery is to put a lot of pressure on them to keep it the way it is . If not, get ready for 2 fish 16inches from June thru Sept in state waters as well .
All meetings are from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Jan 3 Port Arthhur Public Library
Jan 8 Galveston Co. Extension Service Office Dickinson Tx
Jan 9 University of Texas Marine Science Institute Auditorium Port Aransas
Jan 10 Port Isabel Community Center Port Isabel
A good turnout for these meetings will be sorely needed
Our offer from T.O.O.:
Hi folks, I hope that what I will offer to do will help out and make a difference with these meetings.
I will attend the Port Aransas meeting on the 9th. I will be happy to copy and print out letters from anyone that sends us a Microsoft Word document to [email protected]
supporting the Texas Red Snapper season being left open and seperate from the Federal regulations.
I do ask for a word document as it is easier for us to print than a straight email response.
I make this offer, but for those that have attended public meetings as I have in the past, I have this question:
Will showing up at the meeting with "X" number of printed letters in support of the current state regulations make any real input to the TPWD officials, or would only warm bodies make a difference?
That is my only concern on this offer.
I will willingly copy and print any letter and present it to the TPWD officials, and for those that are far from the coastal areas of Texas it will make your voice be heard.
I do think it will be effective to present whatever letters we receive, but my concern is, will the TPWD officials realize that folks that live far from the coast want a say in the decesion making process for state waters?
It is very hard for a fishermen to try to justify driving from DFW, San Angelo, Austin, Lubbock, or elsewhere and burn a day or two of work during the middle of the week, especially right after the holidays.
That said, we will be happy to copy and present letters from those that send them to us at the above email address. I would recommend that anyone that does this include in their letter the following:
fishing or super combo license number?
A simple, respectful, well written letter stating your support for maintaining the current Texas State water regulations, and opposing the Federal regulations.
If the letters can be written, signed, scanned and then sent to us that might be better.
Not sure if the license number or phone numbers are helpful or if that is good(smart) thing to do, but I put that there if folks want to let the TPWD know they are a licensed fishermen.
I do suggest if you are attending one of the other meetings to not send a letter to us.
Again, we'll be there in Port Aransas and will present any letters email to us. We hope it will make a difference.
If anyone has something to add to our offer or suggest something different we are all ears.
If anyone has a question feel free to call us at (210) 215-3877
Texas Outdoor Organizers