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Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [ Additional Contacts: Tom Harvey, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., (512) 389-4453, email@example.com; Aimee Deputy, Central Market, (214) 252-5904, firstname.lastname@example.org ] Jan. 18, 2012 Local Food Movement Finds New Favor With Wild Game Central Market and Texas Parks and Wildlife to Host February Wild Game Cooking Classes AUSTIN - Central Market and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) have joined forces to bring wild game Cooking Specialist Chef Lisa Freeman into Central Market Cooking Schools to lead five February classes showcasing wild fish and game with award-winning olive oils. The classes will feature TPWD experts on hand to answer questions about game, conservation and the great outdoors. "This partnership reflects an emerging trend within the urban local food movement," said Cecilia Nasti, who hosts the radio programs Passport to Texas and Field and Feast, and helped bring together TPWD and Central Market Cooking School. "Hunting and fishing are being seen in a new light by those who love locally sourced, quality food and are curious about bringing home their own food, but may not know where to start." Nasti noted a TPWD video on YouTube that examines the trend by following the story of an Austin food photographer, Foodie: Will Hunt for Food. The classes will run 6:30-9 p.m. in Austin on Wednesday, Feb. 15; Houston on Thursday, Feb. 16; San Antonio on Friday, Feb. 17; Fort Worth on Saturday, Feb. 18; and Dallas on Sunday, Feb. 19. Designed for ages 18 and up, the classes will lead participants in a guided tasting of new harvest extra virgin olive oils, and show how traditional recipes involving olive oil can be adapted to a variety of wild game dishes. The class menu includes: --Redfish Salad in a Lettuce Cup; --Pan Seared, Jack Daniels Marinated Quail; --Wild Boar with Fig & Port Wine Reduction; --Peppercorn-encrusted Venison with a Sage & Dijon Cream Sauce; and --Olive Oil Pound Cake with Candied Orange Peel. The classes cost $50 per person. Register on the Central Market Cooking Class website. For more information on any class, find store numbers online and phone the store hosting the class. --- On the Net: http://www.centralmarket.com/Cooking-School.aspx http://www.cheflisafreeman.com/ http://www.fieldandfeast.com/ http://www.passporttotexas.org/ http://youtu.be/t4BvNGiBiz4 -30- [ Note: This item is more than three years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references. ] [ Media Contact: Mike Cox, 512-389-8046, email@example.com ] Jan. 18, 2012 11th Anniversary of Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program Coming Up AUSTIN -- If you're a saltwater angler and don't like the idea of hundreds of abandoned crab traps catching and killing game fish you could have landed, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers willing to help get rid of these derelict traps along the coast. This year marks the 11th anniversary of TPWD's Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program, which since 2002 has led to the collection of more than 29,000 wire mesh traps, primarily on the mid and upper coast. Starting Feb. 17 and continuing through Feb. 26, all Texas bays will be closed for crabbing. Any traps left in the water will be assumed to be abandoned and considered "litter" under state law. This allows volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find. State game wardens remove more than 2,500 illegal traps annually, but there are many more still in the water to tangle fishermen's lines, trap game fish and crabs through what biologists call "ghost fishing," snag bay shrimpers' nets and create an unsightly view of Texas shores. "A study of 1,703 abandoned traps showed that mostly live blue or stone crabs amounted to 74 percent of the content," said Art Morris, TPWD program coordinator. "But the other 26 percent represented several species of sport and nongame fish, brackish water turtle species and various invertebrates. A total of 41 different species have been found caught in crab traps." In 2004, just one abandoned trap found in Corpus Christi Bay contained 9 sheepshead, 7 Gulf toadfish, 6 mangrove snapper, 4 black drum and 3 Atlantic spadefish, Morris said. To facilitate volunteer trap removal efforts this year, TPWD will provide trap drop-off sites at several locations in each major bay system along the coast starting Feb.18, from 8 a.m. to noon, depending on the weather. Additionally, at all sites, dumpsters marked with banners will be available to receive traps for the duration of the closure. Volunteers can concentrate their efforts on the opening weekend or work at their own pace anytime during the closure, but traps cannot be removed prior to Feb.17 or after Feb. 26. TPWD asks that those who work on their own report where and how many traps you collected so the department can keep track of the total number of traps removed. Last year, volunteers, with the aid of numerous sponsors, removed roughly 1,400 traps. Each of those three-by-three-by-two foot commercially made traps is capable of holding and eventually killing numerous organisms, from crabs to fish to diamond terrapins. "The success of this program is a reflection of the keen sense of stewardship anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts have for our marine resources," Morris said. "Volunteers have removed more traps from Texas waters than in any other state and the results show. The waning number of traps removed each year indicates that their efforts are having an impact." The Coastal Conservation Association Texas, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, and the Galveston Bay Foundation are providing continued support to the crab trap removal program. Along with additional aid from numerous organizations and companies who are volunteering their services. To participate, volunteers can arrange to pickup free tarps, gloves, trap hooks and additional information at their local TPWD Coastal Fisheries Field Stations. TPWD requests that volunteers who remove traps record and submit information about the number of traps that they collect as well as any sightings of diamond-back terrapins. For more information about the Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program and how you can volunteer, please contact your local TPWD Coastal Fisheries Office or Art Morris at the Corpus Christi Field Station: (361) 825-3356 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Trap Drop-Off Sites Sabine Lake -- Local TPWD coordinator Jerry Mambretti (409) 983-1104 (ext. 222) --Pleasure Island Marina Boat Ramp -- Trap drop-off site Galveston Bay -- Local TPWD coordinator Bill Balboa (281) 534-0110 --Jones Lake State Ramp (Fat Boys) -- Facilitated & trap drop-off site --TPWD Dickinson Marine Lab -- 1502 FM 517 E. Dickinson -- Trap drop-off site --Seabrook SH 146 Bridge Public Boat Ramp -- Trap drop-off site --Fort Anahuac County Park Boat Ramp -- Facilitated by the Galveston Bay Foundation & trap drop-off site --Chocolate Bayou State Boat Ramp -- FM 2004 -- Facilitated by the Houston Zoo & trap drop-off site Matagorda Bay -- Local TPWD coordinator Leslie Hartman (361) 972-6253 --Mitchell Cut Boat (ICWW) Ramp @ Sargent -- Trap drop-off site --Matagorda Harbor @ Matagorda -- Trap drop-off site --Railroad Park @ Palacios -- Trap drop-off site San Antonio Bay - Local TPWD coordinator Norman Boyd (361) 983-4425 --Charlie's Bait Stand -- Facilitated & trap drop-off site --Port O'Connor TPWD Docks -- Facilitated & Trap drop-off site Aransas Bay -- Local TPWD coordinator Karen Meador (361) 729-5429 --Goose Island State Park Boat Ramp -- Trap drop-off site --North Cove Harbor Boat Ramp -- Trap drop-off site Corpus Christi Bay -- Local TPWD coordinator Tom Wagner (361) 729-2328 --Nueces Bay Boat Ramp -- Trap drop-off site --Port Aransas Public Boat Ramp -- Trap drop-off site Upper Laguna Madre -- Local TPWD coordinator Todd Neahr (361) 825-3353 --Bluff's Landing Marina -- Trap drop-off site --Kaufer Park Boat Ramp -- Trap drop-off site Lower Laguna Madre -- Local TPWD coordinator Mark Lingo (956) 350-4490 --Adolfe Thomae County Park @ Arroyo City -- Trap drop-off site --Port Mansfield Navigation District Ramp @ Port Mansfield -- Trap drop-off site -30-