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Texas Coastal Fisheries Ecosystems

The Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Coastal Fisheries Division manages the marine fishery resources of Texas.  These resources include four million acres of saltwater, including the bays and estuaries, and out to nine nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico.


Coastal Fisheries management strategies are directed toward optimizing the long-term utilization of the marine resources of Texas. This management is designed to sustain harvest at levels that are necessary to ensure replenishable stocks of commercially and recreationally important species and to provide for balanced food webs within Texas marine ecosystems.

The Coastal Fisheries staff work closely with other Department Divisions as well as federal and international fishery management agencies to provide optimum opportunities from and conservation for the rich biological diversity inherent in Texas' marine waters.

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