TPWD News Release — May 24, 2004
Texas’ saltwater angling community has been booming in recent years to the tune of about 2,000 new anglers a month.
TPWD regularly conducts surveys to get a feel for the pulse of the Texas saltwater angler. The information not only provides a snapshot of the Texas fisherman, which is useful in developing fisheries management strategies and regulations, but is also factored into a nationwide overview. Every five years, state survey findings are included in the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U. S. Bureau of the Census publication The Economic Importance of Hunting, Fishing, and Other Outdoor Activities.
In cooperation with Texas A&M University, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, TPWD’s Coastal Fisheries Division is currently doing a Web-based survey to update its assessment and to gauge the opinions of Texas recreational fishermen about regulations and to estimate the economic benefits of recreational fishing to the Texas economy.