Fishing Violations

II. Fishing

A. Freshwater
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1000 Fish without a valid license or refuse to show license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 46.001
1001 Fish under license of another/allow another to fish under a license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 46.014
1003 Fish without a valid commercial fishing license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.002
1004 No bait dealers license - individual Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.014
1005 No commercial fish boat license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.007
1006 No fish guide license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.004
1007 No permit to sell non-game fish 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.379
1008 Illegal sale/purchase of protected freshwater fish Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.111
1009 Sell fish taken from water where sale prohibited Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.111
1010 Black bass: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1011 Catfish: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1012 Crappie: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1013 Striped/Hybrid bass: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1014 White bass: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1015 Other bass: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1016 Trout: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1017 Other fish: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1018 Black bass: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1019 Catfish: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1020 Crappie: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1021 Stripped/Hybrid bass: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1022 White bass: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1023 Other bass: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1024 Trout: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1025 Other fish: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1026 Black bass: undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1027 Black bass: slot limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1028 Catfish: undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1029 Crappie: undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1030 Striped/hybrid bass: undersize 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1031 White bass: undersize 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1032 Other bass: undersize 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1033 Red drum: undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1034 Spotted seatrout: undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1035 Other fish: undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1036 Other fish: oversized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1037 Illegal trotline 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1038 Place explosives or harmful substance in water Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.003
1039 Taking fish by electricity-producing device Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.004
1040 Use net in prohibited waters Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.006
1041 Snagging fish 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1042 Grabbling fish 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1043 Illegal seine or net 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1044 Possess net in prohibited waters 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1045 Take fish by other illegal means or methods 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1046 Take fish without landowner consent-private water Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.002
1047 Take or possess fish without landowner consent-public water Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 61.022
1048 Fish in restricted area Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.102
1049 Willful destruction of boat/seine/or net Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.005
1050 Fish from bridge Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.008
1051 Fail to keep fish edible condition Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.011
1052 Use game fish as bait fish 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1053 Leaving bait fish to die Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.011
1054 Violate fish tournament law Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.023
1055 Possession of headed or tailed fish before final destination 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1056 Fish Without freshwater stamp Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 43.802
1057 Violate hand fishing law Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.115
1099 Any other freshwater fishing violation Applicable cite

 

B. Saltwater
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1100 Fish without/fail to show license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 46.001
1101 Fish without saltwater stamp Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 43.402
1102 Fish without commercial fishermans license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.002
1103 Fish without commercial finfish fishermans license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.074
1104 No bait dealers license-individual Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.014
1105 No commercial fish boat license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.007
1106 Red Drum: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1107 Spotted Sea Trout: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1108 Red Snapper: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1109 Flounder: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1110 Shark:daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1111 Black Drum: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1112 Sheephead: daily bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1113 Other fish: daily bag limit or possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1114 Red Drum: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1115 Spotted Sea Trout: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1116 Flounder: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1117 Shark: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1118 Black Drum: possession limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1119 Sheepshead:possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1120 Red Drum:possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1121 Red Drum:possess oversized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1122 Spotted Sea Trout: possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1123 Flounder: possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1124 Cobia (ling): possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1125 Spanish Mackerel: possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code §57.981
1126 Red Snapper: possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1127 Black Drum: possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1128 Sheepshead: possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1129 Shark: possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1130 Other fish: possess undersized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1131 Other fish: possess oversized 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981
1132 No red drum tag 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1133 Red drum tag - other violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1134 No tag on trotline Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.206
1135 No gear tag on trotline 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1136 Trotline: failure to properly mark/bouy/flag 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1137 Trotline: any other violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1138 Trotline: illegal bait 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1139 Illegal sailline 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1140 Sailline: no tag/improper tag 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1141 Illegal perch trap 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1142 Netting in closed waters 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1143 Game Fish: take with net 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1144 Game Fish: take with a trotline 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1145 Possess illegal net/seine/trap 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1146 Fish: other illegal means or methods 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1147 No class A or B menhaden boat license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.008
1148 Menhaden: taking in closed waters 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1149 Obstructing fish pass 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972, Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.204
1150 Possession of headed or tailed fish before final destination 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1151 Fail to return aquatic life not utilized to water Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.011
1152 Illegal purchase/sale of fish 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.372
1153 Flagrant Offense: Exceed finfish bag or possession limits while fishing under Chapter 47, Subchapter D Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.080(e)
1154 Flagrant Offense: Exceeding commercial trotline length limits by more than 10% Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.080(e),
Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.082
1155 Flagrant Offense: Commercial finfisherman selling crabs caught under Chapter 47; Subchapter D Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.080(e)
1156 Flagrant Offense: Exceed number of commercial trotlines allowed Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.080(e),
Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.082
1157 Flagrant Offense: Take/possess finfish by illegal means under Chapter 47, Subchapter D Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.080(e)
1158 Flagrant Offense: Theft of trotline, finfish, gear or product Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.080(e)
1159 Use game fish as bait 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.972
1160 Uprooting seagrass with propeller (Redfish Bay Scientific Area) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.921(e)(2)
1161 Unload EEZ fish in Texas w/o license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 46.001
1162 Take Red Snapper with hook other than circle hook 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.981,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.994
1163 Violate tournament law Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 62.023
1164 Uprooting Seagrass (Statewide) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.024
1199 Any other saltwater fishing violation Applicable cite


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C. Oyster Violations
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1200 No commercial oyster fishermans license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.101
1201 No sports oyster boat license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.101
1202 No commercial oyster boat captains license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.101
1203 No commercial oyster boat license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.101
1205 Illegal oyster dredge 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.22
1206 Exceed the number of allowed dredges in use/improperly secured dredges 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.22
1207 Take/possess small oysters 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.21
1208 Taking oysters in closed season 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.21
1209 Cargo exceeding 50 sacks of oysters 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.22
1210 Oystering at night (Class B Misdemeanor) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.109
1211 Improper marking of private oyster beds Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.036
1212 Theft of oysters from private bed Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.037
1213 Interference with buoys or markers Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.038
1214 Sale of oysters taken by sport boat Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.107
1215 Oyster transplant permit violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.40
1216 Oyster harvest permit violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.60
1217 Failure to tag sacked oysters with completed tag Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.021
1218 Harvester Tag: Improperly Tagged

Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.021

1219 Taking oysters from prohibited area (Class A Misdemeanor) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.118
1220 Taking oysters from prohibited area (State Jail Felony) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.118
1221 Taking oysters from prohibited area (Felony) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code §76.118
1299 Any other oyster violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 76.001

 

D. Shrimp Violations
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1300 No commercial shrimp boat captains license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.0351
1301 No bait shrimp dealers license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.043
1302 No commercial gulf shrimp boat license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.035
1303 No commercial bait shrimp boat license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.033
1304 No commercial bay shrimp boat license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.031
1305 No individual bait shrimp trawl license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.048
1306 Illegal shrimp trawl (bay) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.163
1307 Illegal shrimp trawl (bait) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.164
1308 Illegal shrimp trawl (gulf) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.161
1309 Illegal individual bait shrimp trawl 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.165
1310 Shrimping at night (bay) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.163
1311 Shrimping at night (bait) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.164
1312 Shrimping at night (gulf) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.161
1313 Possession of small shrimp 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.150
1314 Exceeding limit of shrimp (bait) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.164
1315 Exceeding limit of shrimp (bay) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.163
1316 Sell/unload bait shrimp to unauthorized person 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.150
1317 More than 1/2 cargo of bait shrimp dead 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.164
1318 Heading shrimp on boat or in bay 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1319 Buying/handling illegal shrimp 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.150
1320 Shrimping in closed waters/nursery area 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.162,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.163,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.164
1321 Shrimping in closed waters/gulf 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.161
1322 Shrimping in other closed waters 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.150
1323 Failure to display shrimp boat plates 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1324 Selling non-commercial shrimp 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.165
1325 Illegal upgrade Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.116
1326 Flagrant Offense: trawling in nursery area (bay and bait license only) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.117
1327 Flagrant Offense: shrimping 30 minutes before or after legal hours (bay and bait license only) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.117
1328 Flagrant Offense: exceed shrimp possession limits by 100 or more pounds (bay or bait shrimp license only) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.117
1329 Flagrant Offense: exceed shrimp net size by 5 feet Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.117
1330 Flagrant Offense: falsify information to obtain bay or bait license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 77.117
1331 No Turtle excluder device violation (TED) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1332 Turtle Excluder Device sewn shut 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1333 Turtle Excluder Device with incorrect floats 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1334 Turtle Excluder Device with no floats 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1335 Turtle Excluder Device with angle up to 65 degrees 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1336 Turtle Excluder Device with angle of 66 degrees or up 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1337 Turtle Excluder Device escape off up to 2" 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1338 Turtle Excluder Device escape greater than 2" 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1339 Turtle Excluder Device bar spacing up to 3" off 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1340 Turtle Excluder Device bar spacing greater than 3" 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1341 Turtle Excluder Device with minor holes 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1342 Turtle Excluder Device with noticeable holes 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1343 Turtle Excluder Device installed sideways 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1344 Turtle Excluder Device installed other than sideways 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1345 Turtle Excluder Device with minor extra equipment 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1346 Turtle Excluder Device with noticeable extra equipment 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1347 Turtle Excluder Device with any other violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1348 No By-Catch Reduction Device (BRD) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1349 By-Catch Reduction Device sewn shut 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1350 By-Catch Reduction Device incorrectly installed 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1351 By-Catch Reduction Device with incorrect dimensions 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1352 By-Catch Reduction Device with any other violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.160
1399 Any other shrimp violation Applicable Cite

 

E. Crab
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1400 Take crab without commercial crab license 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.203
1401 Commercial crab boat plate violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.203,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.205
1402 Fail to properly mark/bouy/number and stripe crab trap 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1403 Gear tag violation - crab trap 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.971
1404 Illegal crab trap 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1405 Take crab by illegal means/methods 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1406 Possess sponge crab 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.976
1407 Possess undersized blue crab 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.976
1408 Possess undersized stone crab claws 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.976
1409 Remove or possess left claw of stone crab 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.976
1410 Exceeding limit of crab traps 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.973
1411 Flagrant offense: commercial crab without obtaining appropriate license 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.209
1412 Flagrant offense: theft of crab traps 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.209
1413 Flagrant Offense: fish crab traps in area restricted by 31 Tex. Admin. Code §65.78 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.209
1414 Flagrant offense: removing crabs 30 minutes before or after legal hours 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.209
1415 Flagrant offense: exceed commercial crab trap limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 58.209
1416 Crab in closed season 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.996, Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 78.115
1499 Any other crab violation Applicable cite


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F. Mussels and Clams
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1500 Take mussels, clams, naiads without license (freshwater) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 46.001
1501 Take mussels, clams, naiads without license (saltwater) 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.157Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 78.002
1502 No mussel/clam fisherman license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 78.002
1503 Mussels/clams-exceed bag limit 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.157
1504 Possess under size mussels or clams 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.157
1505 Take mussels/clams from closed areas/during closed times 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.157
1599 Mussel/clams: any other violations Applicable cite

 

G. Fish Dealers
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1600 Cash sales ticket violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.019
1601 Aquatic product transportation package/label violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.0182
1602 Aquatic product transportation invoice violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.0181
1603 Transport protected fish for sale without documentation/fail to display upon demand Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.0183
1604 No retail fish dealers license/fail to display Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.011
,Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.033
1605 No retail truck dealers license/fail to display Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.013
, Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.033
1606 No wholesale fish dealers license/fail to display Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.009
1607 No wholesale fish truck dealers license/fail to display Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.010
1608 Fish vehicle not properly marked 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.500
1609 No bait dealers license-place of business/fail to display Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.014
, Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.033
1610 No bait dealers license-motor vehicle Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.014
, Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.033
1611 No bait dealer license-individual Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.014
1612 No finfish import license/fail to display Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.02,
Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 47.033
1613 No shell buyers license Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 78.003
1699 Any other dealer violation Applicable cite

 

H. Miscellaneous Violations
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1700 Trespass on state fish hatchery Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 81.003
1701 Fish in sanctuary Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 81.004
1702 Failure to submit monthly marine products report Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.019
1703 Failure to appear-saltwater violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 12.106
1704 Failure to appear-freshwater violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 12.106
1705 Participate in activity after license suspended/revoked Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 12.505
1706 Apply for license while license suspended/revoked Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 12.504
1707 Import aquatic resource without documentation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.976
1708 Violate potentially harmful exotic fish/fish eggs importation law 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.112
1709 Commercially protected finfish-packaging or labeling violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.373
1710 Commercially protected finfish-shipping invoice violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.372
1711 Possess commercially protected finfish on board vessel displaying commercial plates Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.016
1799 Any other fishing violation Applicable cite
1805 Any other federal fishing violation Applicable cite
I. Exotics
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
1811 No Exotic Species Permit Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.007,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.112
1812 Exotic permit violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.112
1813 Exotic species transport invoice violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.115,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.116 
1814 Possession/purchase/sale of exotic fish/eggs Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.007,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.112
1815 Possession/purchase/sale of exotic shellfish Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.077,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.114
1816 Possession/purchase/sale of exotic plants Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.0072
1817 Harmful exotic plants attached to vehicle/trailer Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.0071
1818 Possess Zebra Mussels/veligers Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 66.007,
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.112
1819 Failure to Drain Water 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 57.1001
1899 Any other exotic species violation Applicable cite

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