Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Pat Hernandez, Houston Public Media

How Illegal Fishing Costs Texas And Mexico Millions Each Year

From Houston Public Media: 

The sun sets waves wash up from the Gulf of Mexico onto the beach April 13, 2011 in Isla Grand Terre, Louisiana. T

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The sun sets waves wash up from the Gulf of Mexico onto the beach April 13, 2011 in Isla Grand Terre, Louisiana. T

Most of the fisheries are managed in federal waters and represent a $14 billion dollar industry.

But pirate fishing hurts commercial fishers, like Scott Hickman of the Charter Fisherman’s Association.

He told the Gulf Coast Leadership conference that it’s getting hard to make a living competing with those who skirt around the law. He says it’s a real problem.

“They’re flooding our markets with illegal fish on the commercial side, and they’re taking the ability for the charter boat fleet to be able to go out and make a living, because they’re pulling fish away from the same pool of fish that I need, to take the people that are coming down here to the coast on vacation, to go catch these fish,” said Hickman. Continue Reading

Forecasters Decrease Number Of Hurricanes Expected During 2014


From Houston Public Media: 

NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, has revised the number of named storms to between 7 and 12, and that maybe 2 of those named storms could be major, with winds greater than 110 mph.

An average season can see up to 12 named storms.

Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says overall atmospheric conditions just don’t favor a lot of storm development this year. It led NOAA to update its forecast.

“There’s some below average temperatures across the tropical Atlantic, which are exceptionally cool, relative to the remainder of the global tropics,” says Feltgen. “And we still believe there’s an El Nino forming, and that’s likely to really show itself as we get deeper into August, and continue on into October.” Continue Reading

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