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Experts Fear Impacts of Oil Cleanup on Texas Gulf Coast

MATAGORDA ISLAND, TX — Recovery efforts continue weeks after a barge accident in the Houston Ship Channel dumped tens of thousands of barrels of oil into Galveston Bay. That oil kills wildlife and damages the environment. But some are worried the cleanup itself could also disturb the ecosystem along the Texas Gulf Coast. Nowhere is […]

Thanks to Limits, Flounder Making a Comeback on Texas Coast

Captain Dan, the ‘Flounder Man’ has been hunting flounder on the Texas coast for more than 30 years. In the dark of night, Captain Dan escorts his clients along the Gulf shore in his brightly lit skiff and stalks flounder laying on the sandy floor. Armed with miniature tridents set on poles, his clients wait […]

Reax Roundup: Little Lizard Causes Big Stir

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s decision to not list the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard as an endangered or threatened species has everyone buzzing. Here’s a roundup of reactions from groups across the state. Ken Kramer, the director of Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter was critical of the decision: “Let’s be clear that these agreements are voluntary,” […]

Why Fewer Fishing Licenses Could Mean Fewer Fish for Texas

David Barer, an intern at StateImpact Texas, researched and reported this article. Derrick Schmalz is lifetime angler who grew up fishing on the Llano River with his grandfather. When it comes to fishing in his home state, he can’t help but show a little Texas pride. “I’ve fished all over the country, and Texas has […]

Tiger Prawns Roar into the Gulf of Mexico

The Asian Tiger Prawn can grow over a foot long. It’s a species from the Western Pacific Ocean that first showed up off the coast of Alabama in 2006, when a single, solitary prawn was reported. If the story ended there, we wouldn’t have much to talk about. But it doesn’t. “The next year in […]

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