Category Archives: Commercial fishing

TPWD Flounder Meeting December 11, 2019

2019 Shellfish Harvesting Maps are Here !

The 2019-2020 oyster maps are hanging up in the Calhoun County Ag Building.  Make sure you have the current map on your boat before the oyster season begins on November 1st.  To get the most current information on what harvesting areas are open click here :

Ah-h-h … Texas Shrimp

Please follow the link to my column in the Port Lavaca Wave

Fishing Safety Success Story Video

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has release a second video worth watching. According to their website, on-deck injuries account for 12% of the fatal injuries in commercial fishing and the largest number of hospitalized non-fatal injuries among fishermen in the Unites States. Wet, pitching decks result in many slips, trips, and falls. High tension lines and cables running through hydraulic haulers and winches can lead to contact injuries including amputations and death. This video is the story of a prevented winch entanglement aboard a seiner out… Read More →

Fishery Disaster Declared

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Declares Fishery Disaster Following Hurricane Harvey Today (March 27, 2018), in response to the request put forward by the Governor of Texas on February 14, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross determined a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster that occurred in Texas due to impacts from Hurricane Harvey that made landfall on August 25, 2017. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included $200 million for fishery disasters declared by the Secretary of Commerce in calendar year 2017 and for fishery disasters… Read More →

My Life Vest Saved Me

Falling overboard is the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen nationwide. Of the 210 fishermen who died from falls overboard between 2000 and 2014 NONE of them were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) when they drowned. Many of these fatalities would have been prevented if the fisherman had been able to float. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is the United States federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. The Western States Division… Read More →