Flatsworthy

This group is making a positive impact on the coastal resource by promoting civility and respect for all users while on the water.  They are inviting the Public to a meeting. Coastal guides from the major user groups have crafted a set of guidelines which they believe if adopted by all anglers and boaters will help us have a good day on the flats.

Tuesday, October 27th • 6:30 PM Education Building / Aquarium at Rockport 706 Navigation Circle
Rockport, Texas

We could all practice a little more respect for our fellow fisherman while on the water. Please take a little time to check these guys out and try to spread their message.

Questions?
Call Dave at Swan Point Landing Fly Shop 361-729-7926 See you there!

RED TIDE FACTS

The following is a reprint of information  posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website

  • In Texas, red tides are caused by high concentrations of a microscopic alga (a plant-like microorganism) called Karenia brevis or K. brevis. These high concentrations (called blooms) may cause the water to appear red, light or dark green, or brown.
  • Karenia brevis produces a toxin, called brevetoxin, which can affect the central nervous system of fish, birds, mammals and other animals. The most visible result of red tide is dead fish on the beach or floating in the water.
  • Karenia brevis is a naturally-occurring organism that is likely always present at low concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico and is believed to have been around for centuries. Scientists are investigating the factors that cause this species to bloom.
  • Red tide blooms most often begin in late summer or early fall and can last days, weeks or months. Bloom locations can change daily due to wind conditions.
  • Pets can be affected by red tide, so pet owners are advised to keep them away from beaches during a bloom. Inhaling the brevetoxin can cause respiratory difficulties and discomfort for your pet. Dead fish containing the toxin can remain on beaches for weeks or months following a bloom; allowing your pet to consume the dead fish can cause severe illness and sometimes death.

REPORTING RED TIDE

To report fish kills or suspected red tides 24 hours a day, call the Texas parks and Wildlife Department at (512) 389-4848 (Austin) or (281) 842-8100 (Houston).

To learn more about red tide and to check current red tide locations, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/hab/.

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Red Tide Grows

Current Status- The following Post was reprinted from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website

September 23, 2015

Reports of discolored water and/or red tide aerosols continue in the Gulf of Mexico from Galveston to Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) and South Padre Island. Reports of fish kills, discolored water and/or aerosols have been reported within some bay systems, including San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, and upper and lower Laguna Madre.

  • Galveston Bay near Pelican Island showing low cell concentrations of red tide with no reports of respiratory irritation.
  • Water samples in the Freeport area found no evidence red tide cells.
  • The UTMSI pier in Port Aransas is maintaining low concentrations of red tide.
  • Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) showed an increase in cell densities from moderate concentrations (9/15/15) to high concentrations (9/21/15) with cell concentrations increased further south around the 20 mile marker. Cell concentrations ranging from background to very low were also observed on Bird Island Basin.
  • Water samples in Corpus Christi Bay have ranged from background cell concentrations along the shoreline of the City of Corpus Christi to high cell concentrations along the city of Portland, near Indian Point Pier.
  • South Padre Island has seen an increase from very low concentration (9/21/15) to moderate (9/22/15), with high concentrations observed at Beach Access Rd 6.
  • Brazos Santiago Pass and the Lower Laguna Madre increased in cell concentration from background to low.
  • TPWD resource Management crew reported a fish kill along the shoreline off beach access #5 on South Padre Island.
  • The Lower Laguna Madre, near the Convention Center has seen an increase in cell concentration from background to low.

PINS also reported tree frog mortalities as well as spotted ground squirrel mortalities being observed. This has not been observed in other red tide events, historically. PINS will be sending frog and squirrel samples to the National Park Service veterinary lab in Fort Collins, Colorado for further analysis.

Fish Kill assessments are ongoing at…

  • Mustang Island from Packery Channel approximately 0.5 miles north to Newport Beach Access Road
  • Padre Island from Packery Channel south to the Northern boundary of PINS.
  • Mustang Island State Park south to Newport Beach Access Road by Mustang Island State Park staff
  • The Inner Coastal Waterway

Red Tide Assaults Texas Coast

September 22, 2015

Reports of discolored water and/or red tide aerosols continue in the Gulf of Mexico ranging from Freeport to Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) and South Padre Island. Reports of fish kills, discolored water and aerosols have been reported within some bay systems, including San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay and the upper Laguna Madre.

  • Port Aransas reported no respiratory irritation over the weekend.
  • Mustang Island State Park south to the 20 mile marker in PINS reported respiratory irritation over the weekend along with a continuous, dense and diverse fish kill. The park also reported ground squirrel mortality and a Pygmy Sperm Whale that washed ashore. However, these deaths have not been confirmed as being caused by red tide.
  • Fish kills were reported in the area in the Upper Laguna Madre from North in Packery Flats, west to Humble Channel and south along the Inner Coastal Waterway. There are also reports of dead fish observed in Padre Isles Canals subdivision.

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