TPW TV: Gulf Game Wardens

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Meet game wardens who spend their time enforcing law in the Gulf of Mexico this month on the Texas Parks and Wildlife PBS TV series. Alan Fisher produced the story.

67—Coming up the week of November 28th is a story called “The Gulf Wardens”. It’s basically a ride along with the game wardens who spend their time guarding the Gulf of Mexico. Sgt. James Dunks gets a crew of volunteer game wardens from the area to staff his boat, and go out on the gulf, and enforce the shrimp and fishery laws.

This is our shrimp patrol that we do for about two months straight—we do week-long shifts. We patrol the Gulf of Mexico for any type of shrimp violation or fishery violation, or basically anything else we come across.

What did you learn from your time on the boat?

It was an education They have very varied jobs. They’re out there checking shrimp boats, and making sure everyone is complying with the law, but they also never really know what they’re going to encounter.

And so, for people who are watching this segment, what do you want them to take away?

With the Gulf oil spill recently, I think people are more aware of how fragile our gulf resources are. So, it’s a neat opportunity to meet some folks who are out there protecting those resources.

Our show receives support from the Sport Fish and Wildlife restoration program, working to increase fishing and hunting opportunities in Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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