Questions are arising in regards to determining the legitimacy and the fairness with new restrictions in Texas saltwater fishing.
The New York Times recently reported that spotted trout and flounder fishing could see stricter regulations, making some of the most sought after fish species in Texas even less common in a commercial angler’s bounty.
Texas Parks and Wildlife considered putting two more restrictions on the fish species, which, during certain seasonal windows, are already heavily regulated.
As it stands currently, Texas has a November flounder spawning season limit of only two fish per day. The Parks and Wildlife Department is contemplating an extension of that time period, as well as a 50% decrease in spotted trout yearly limits (from 10 to 5).
The possible changes have sparked reaction from Texas anglers, a passionate group who hold their privileges close to their heart. Opponents of the new restrictions mirror Andrew Sansom, who led the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department from 1990 to 2001 and now executive directs the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.
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Sansom told the Times that those anglers who depend on fishing to feed their families will feel “a cultural assault” if limits are decreased. Protection is one thing, but Sansom also said “Remember that all of these animals have to live in an environment that sustains them. You can’t affect the climate, and the state hasn’t been very forthcoming in setting rigorous inflow standards” for freshwater, so lowering the bag limit is “what you’re left with.”