Saltwater Fishing Regulation Proposals Summary

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Gulf of Mexico - Texas State Waters
Southern Flounder

Proposal

Close November 1-December 14 to all recreational and commercial flounder fishing and implement a 15’’ minimum size. Strengthen language regarding who is required to report under finfish license.

Background

To provide additional protection during the flounder spawning run the department has determined that measures must be implemented to protect and replenish spawning stock biomass in the fishery. Current harvest regulations for flounder consist of a 14-inch minimum size limit and during the period outside of November 1-December 14 a 5-fish daily bag and possession limit for recreational take and a 30-fish daily bag and possession limit for commercial take. During the month of November all anglers may take two flounder per day by pole-and-line only. During the period from December 1-14, all anglers may take two flounder per day by any legal means of take.

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Paddle craft all-water guide license

Proposal

Change course requirements to include a paddle craft leading course from the American Canoe Association or another TPWD approved course.

Background

The current course requirements are no longer lister or available due to being redesigned and/or being renamed since the original requirement was implemented.

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