Archive for March 7th, 2007

TPWD Television Series — Seagrass

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program

The Texas coast draws anglers from near and far. And Texas Parks and Wildlife Television series producer, Don Cash, says a segment this month addresses an issue caused by its popularity.

One of the problems with so many people going to the coast to fish is protecting the fragile seagrasses on the coast. The seagrasses are a very important nursery area for all the kind of things we like to eat and like to catch, and are necessary down on the coast. And over the years, more people have gone fishing in these shallow areas along the coast…they’ve taken their boats and have really done quite a bit of damage to the sea grasses.

Run deep. Fish shallow. That’s the way the people fished here fifty years ago. They would run in the deep sloughs and get out and wade the shallow flats. And everybody respected the shallow flats until flats boats came in…

Not only do we address the importance of the seagrasses, and the importance of the entire coastal ecosystem, there is some explanation on how to operate your boat properly in this water. And, one of the interviews is with a boat dealer, who talks about, “Well, everybody goes and buys the boat without really learning how to operate the boat in the most responsible manner.”

Check local listings to see when the show airs in your town.

That’s our show…supported by the Sport Fish and Wildlife restoration Program… funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motor boat fuels.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti