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New estimates of Gulf fishing determine recreational limits

New estimates of Gulf fishing determine recreational limits | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it’s using a new way to estimate the amount of fish caught by recreational saltwater anglers in the Gulf of Mexico, the result of years of work on how to make the numbers more accurate.


The new estimates will have an impact on millions of fishermen and those who make a living from recreational fishing.


Gulf Coast fish-management groups will use the estimates and other information about fish populations to make decisions about limits on catches of many species of fish, such as red snapper in the Gulf.

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Managing fishery an imperfect science

Managing fishery an imperfect science | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Fishery management is a complex business, and when it comes to fishery management in the United States, the Magnuson-Stevens Act is the Bible.


In the Gulf of Mexico, regulations decisions are made by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GFMC), composed of 17 voting members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, academics and a representative from the Fish and Wildlife Department of each gulf state.


This year’s short red snapper season can be attributed to a horrible depletion of the stock 15 years ago.

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Winter Seasonal Migrations bring Flocks to the Texas Coast

Winter Seasonal Migrations bring Flocks to the Texas Coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

As Winter Settles In, Seasonal Migrations Lend Interest to Wildlife Watching on the Padre Island National Seashore.


Padre Island National Seashore, a Globally Important Bird Area of astonishing avian diversity (over 380 species recorded), provides an abundance of protected resting and wintering habitat on the Gulf Coast of Texas where the great Central Flyway funnels millions of migrating waterbirds and land birds.


Located along the South Texas coast, Padre Island National Seashore protects the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world.


Visit http://www.nps.gov/pais/

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Summit on marine debris offers solutions

Summit on marine debris offers solutions | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Beach debris was the focus of a recent marine debris summit in Galveston, organized by the General Land Office and attended mostly by beach cleanup volunteers, scientists, conservationists and representatives from coastal communities.


Suggested measures to curb diaper dumping ranged from county jails assigning more inmates to diaper patrol or judges using their community service authority to target the problem.


Education and outreach solutions might include Spanish language signs at beaches or labeling diaper packages with an environmental message or health warnings against improper disposal.

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Army Corps Stresses Boating Safety at GIWW to Bastrop Dredging Project

Army Corps Stresses Boating Safety at GIWW to Bastrop Dredging Project | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A dredge discharge pipeline will be placed inside the southeast end of placement area 58a, Jan. 22, 2012, as part of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Causeway to Bastrop dredging project.


Mariners are asked to use extreme caution when operating a vessel in the area and be aware of pipelines and floating markers.


The pipeline will transverse the shoreline 1,800 feet along the north bank of the diversionary canal and will be placed 3,000 feet south connecting to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

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Galveston Groups focus on UTMB corridor

Galveston Groups focus on UTMB corridor | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

In one of the first meetings of its kind downtown stakeholders and city officials met to talk about coordinating plans for the island’s downtown area.


“There’s a whole lot of activity happening in Galveston,” Mayor Joe Jaworski said. “This is a chance for us to come together and talk about those things.”


The downtown area, home to The Strand’s collection of shops and eateries and some of the island’s most historic locations, is poised to welcome more tourists and locals.

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Canada to Texas Keystone Pipeline Project Permit Denied by Whitehouse

Canada to Texas Keystone Pipeline Project Permit Denied by Whitehouse | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The U.S. $13 billion Keystone pipeline system will play an important role in linking a secure and growing supply of Canadian crude oil with the largest refining markets in the United States, significantly improving North American security supply.


TransCanada is poised to put 13,000 Americans to work to construct the pipeline - pipefitters, welders, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators, among other jobs - in addition to 7,000 manufacturing jobs that would be created across the U.S.


Additionally, local businesses along the pipeline route will benefit from the 118,000 spin-off jobs Keystone XL will create through increased business for local goods and service providers.


And the Obama administration denied the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit?

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The StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes Scholarship Program

The StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes Scholarship Program | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® Scholarship Program offers five $1,500 scholarships aimed at students seeking academic degrees in related to disaster mitigation. The scholarships will awarded for three consecutive terms beginning 2012/2013 through 2014/2015.


The program is an ducation extension of StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes®, the popular interactive severe weather experience at the Walt Disney World Resort.


Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc - FLASH is a non-profit dedicated to promoting disaster and life safety and property loss from natural and man-made disasters. Visit http://flash.org/scholarship

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SPI offers amnesty on traffic violations

SPI offers amnesty on traffic violations | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The city of South Padre Island Municipal Court has declared an amnesty period for Jan. 16-27 during which the “failure-to-appear” part of the fine is waived.


Individuals should take advantage of this opportunity to clear their record of any outstanding warrants with the city of South Padre Island Municipal Court.

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Galveston tackles problem of beach litter

Galveston tackles problem of beach litter | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol says some tourists are leaving trash on the beach.


Tourism is closely tied to the beach experience and the beach patrol and parks department has initiated a new program to battle the problem of tourist litter.


Galveston spends more than $2.3 million a year in direct cleaning efforts of the beaches.

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Mexico Election Will Have Big Impact on Texas

Mexico Election Will Have Big Impact on Texas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Regardless of who wins this summer’s presidential election in Mexico, the outcome will have a big financial impact on Texas.


Three Texas districts, Laredo, El Paso and Houston, rank among Mexico’s top four trading partners. The figures show an increase over 2010 despite the American recession and unprecedented violence in Mexico because of warring drug cartels.


This presidential election is only the second in Mexican history in which expatriates can cast a ballot from abroad.

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101 Things to Love about Galveston County

101 Things to Love about Galveston County | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

101 Things to Love about Galveston County

By Patrick Graham The Galveston Daily News


Here are the top 10:

1. It just doesn’t get any better than being with your family at the beach, surrounded by the sand and waves, and not thinking even a little bit about what might be waiting for you when you have to go back
to work.

2. When BOIs (Born on the Island) who have been here their whole lives and IBCs (Islander By Choice) who have been here only a short while come together and jump in with both feet to make Galveston an even better place to live and work.

3. Jogging on the seawall at the beginning of January, and the weather is still so nice you can wear shorts and a T-shirt on your run.

4. Friday night lights. We’ve got some great high school football teams and high school football fans in our coverage area, and it is a lot of fun being on the sidelines during the games getting shots our readers will be able to enjoy in the Saturday edition.

5. Dr. William Johnson and the Galveston County Master Gardener program he has so masterfully nurtured for the last few decades. His expertise and caring about people/plants is multiplied immeasurably through the master gardeners who are scattered all across the county, growing great gardens, landscapes and sharing their joy/expertise with everyone else.

6. The Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens at Christmas time is really special.

7. Enjoying some shrimp at The Stingaree Restaurant in Crystal Beach as you watch the barges go through the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

8. Watching the July Fourth fireworks shows of all the Clear Lake cities from South Shore Harbour.

9. The Galveston-Bolivar Ferry, one of the best entertainment bargains anywhere.

10. Gina Spagnola and the staff at the Galveston Chamber of Commerce whose efforts not only benefit the chamber’s members, but the business community in general here on the island.

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Annual electronic music fest returns to SPI in March

Annual electronic music fest returns to SPI in March | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Ultimate Music Experience will feature three headliners over three days during spring break starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, through Saturday, March 17, at Schlitterbahn Water Park at South Padre Island.


WHERE: Schlitterbahn Water Park, 33261 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island


COST: $65, general admission three-day pass; $100, VIP three-day pass


BUY TICKETS: Local Guitar Centers and online at www.groovetickets.com


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Flotsam in Gulf of Mexico Came from Deepwater Horizon

Flotsam in Gulf of Mexico Came from Deepwater Horizon | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, mysterious honeycomb material was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico and along coastal beaches. 


A research team led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) confirmed that the flotsam were pieces of material used to maintain buoyancy of the pipe bringing up oil from the seafloor.


“These results provide insights into the fate of debris fields deriving from damaged marine materials and should be incorporated into emergency response efforts and forecasting of coastal impacts during future offshore oil spills.”

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Event aims to bring new life to Corpus Christi cycling

Event aims to bring new life to Corpus Christi cycling | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

South Texans can build a monster bicycle, bring an old beach cruiser back from the dead, or stitch together a new riding group at Corpus Christi's inaugural FrankenBike swap.


FrankenBike coordinator Gerald Alvarez has become a pillar within Corpus Christi's bike community. He owns the independent Spoke 'n Cog bicycle shop, has organized several bicycle events and social rides, and continues to be one of Corpus Christi's prime importers of bicycle culture, this time borrowing from Austin.

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Galveston Area Fishing gets shot in the arm

Galveston Area Fishing gets shot in the arm | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Warmer temperatures translated into warmer water and that was the shot in the arm needed for fishing.


The higher tide levels allowed wade fishermen to work coves and inlets all along Bolivar Peninsula and West Galveston Island.


The lagoon on the far east end of Galveston Island produced a good catch as well. Moses Lake continues to offer fair to good fishing, and the smaller bays in the Upper Galveston Bay System continue to produce nice trout.

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Deal Over Gulf Of Mexico Claims Could Cost BP $20 Billion

Deal Over Gulf Of Mexico Claims Could Cost BP $20 Billion | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A final settlement of claims arising from the Gulf of Mexico spill could be struck within weeks at a cost of more than $20 billion to BP PLC (BP), according to analysts at Morgan Stanley.


They forecast that BP would have to shell out a further $20 billion to $25 billion to settle the claims, about twice its existing accounting provisions.


BP has made provisions of $12 billion to pay remaining claims and fines, having already spent $15 billion on cleaning up the spill and paid $10 billion into a Gulf compensation fund, The Times said.


Analysts at JP Morgan have forecast that if BP were found guilty of gross negligence, the total bill would be $69 billion.

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Study finds Texas Gulf Coast storm buffer would create jobs

Study finds Texas Gulf Coast storm buffer would create jobs | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A national recreation area spanning Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria and Matagorda counties would attract 500,000 visitors its first year, create 1,200 jobs and $46 million in local sales, according to the study sponsored by the National Parks.


Among the benefits the study found were offering greater recognition in national and international markets; allowing tourist destinations within the four-county area to share marketing; and making it easier to attract nonprofit, corporate and federal money.

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Gulf of Mexico Foundation to build restoration training center in Galveston

Gulf of Mexico Foundation to build restoration training center in Galveston | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Galveston was selected for the Habitat Restoration Technology Training Center (HRTTC) due to its coastal location and diversity of marine habitats.


The HRTTC will be an important element in furthering Galveston as a hub of habitat restoration science and technology, communication outreach, and education for the entire Gulf of Mexico region.


The Center should become an invaluable resource in responding to natural and manmade disasters that have a decidedly negative impact on the fragile coastal systems and economy of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Texas Beach Events - TravelTex

Texas Beach Events - TravelTex | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Attention water lovers: here in Texas we have more than 600 beautiful miles of coastline.


That means miles and miles of sand castles, endless reaches of sparkling waters and enough fishing, boating, swimming and fun in the sun to last, well, a lifetime.


Locate the best beach to visit and things to do on the Texas coastline at http://traveltex.com/things-to-do/events/beaches

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Army Corps Changes Approach to Galveston Dredging

Army Corps Changes Approach to Galveston Dredging | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has done an about face and will change the approach to dredging the Intracoastal Waterway in Upper West Bay.


The changes are designed to mitigate loss of oyster beds and beneficial sea grass.

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RV parks see decrease in Winter Texans

RV parks see decrease in Winter Texans | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A lackluster economy, fear of Mexico’s drug violence, fewer people retiring early and health concerns have caused a drop in the number of Winter Texans visiting Rio Grande Valley RV parks this season, according to park managers and residents.


Numbers have dropped as much as 25 percent at many RV parks at the start of the season that runs from January through February.

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Welcome Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Welcome Gulf of Mexico Foundation | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation is moving its headquarters to Galveston, and will allow Galveston County to play a key role in how to responsibly use the resources of the Gulf of Mexico.


After the Deepwater Horizon spill, President Obama set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, that looked beyond that one accident and focus attention on the health of the Gulf.

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Texas In Focus - Gulf Coast Regional Report

Texas In Focus - Gulf Coast Regional Report | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Buoyed by energy and agriculture, the Gulf Coast region’s economic growth outpaces that of the state as a whole, with 11 percent job growth between 2004 and 2009 and a 2.6 percent annual increase in regional employment expected between 2009 and 2014.


The region is one of Texas’ most-populous areas, anchored by Houston, the state’s largest city. It’s a prosperous area as well, with average personal income exceeding the state’s by 24 percent.


The Gulf Coast region owes much of its economic success to Houston’s Energy Corridor, home base to some of the world’s largest energy companies. The region’s ports support thriving trade and transportation industries.


The Gulf Coast’s medical infrastructure attracts patients and staff members from around the globe. Houston’s Texas Medical Center employs nearly 73,000 and contributes $14 billion to the regional economy each year.


The Gulf Coast region exceeds statewide averages in its number of public schools rated as Exemplary and Recognized. Its 25 institutions of higher education serve nearly a quarter-million students.

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Mustang Island State Park- Port Aransas

Mustang Island State Park- Port Aransas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Mustang Island State Park is a coastal barrier island located just south of the city of Port Aransas, Texas. A barrier island is a narrow strip of sand that lays parallel to the mainland coast.


Padre Island is the world’s longest barrier island. Mustang Island State Park covers 3,954 acres and has a 5-mile beachfront where visitors can camp, fish, hike, go birding, shelling, and a enjoy the Texas Gulf Coast.


Karen and I went there to collect seashells one morning when we were visiting Corpus Christi.

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