Texas Parks and Wildlife talks about spotted sea trout in Port Lavaca
By by Dianna Wray
Jan. 5, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
As the number of spotted sea trout dips, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries is looking for ways to protect the fish.
The agency is holding a series of meeting along the coast to find out what people think of the possibility of enacting conservation measures for the fish.
The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at USDA Extension Service Auditorium, 186 County Road 101 in Port Lavaca.
Texas Parks and Wildlife fisheries outreach specialist Art Morris said they have seen the number of spotted sea trout drop by as much as 50 percent in some areas.
He said this could be an indication of over fishing or it could simply be a temporary stage in the population cycle.
"It's possible this is something that just happens, something that every fish population goes through over the years," Morris said.
This will be the third of seven meetings held by the agency this month.
Morris said they want feedback from the fishing public about whether they would prefer a limit be placed on the number of trout that can be caught or measures taken to protect the fish populations now.
"Our primary concern with these meetings is to find out what the angler public thinks," Morris said.