Contacts by Division

Coastal Fisheries Division

The Coastal Fisheries Division manages the marine fishery resources of Texas' 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 long-term utilization and sustaining fisheries populations at levels that are necessary to ensure replenishable stocks of commercially and recreationally important species. The Division also focuses on habitat conservation and restoration and leads the agency research, management and inter-agency coordination on all water-related issues, including assuring adequate in-stream flows for Texas' rivers and sufficient freshwater inflows for bays and estuaries. The Division also responds to Fish/Wildlife Kills and Spills and seeks restitution for loss of Fish/Wildlife and damage to habitat. The fishing activities conducted in Texas' 4 million acres of saltwater by about 15,000 commercial fishermen and estimated 1.6 million recreational fishermen have a minimum economic impact of $2 billion annually.

To carry out its responsibilities, the Coastal Fisheries Division has 10 field offices and staff located at the Austin Headquarters, all of which make purchases for the division. Purchases of capital equipment and large quantity type items such as gill nets or trawls are made by Regional Offices, the Science Team, the Marine Enhancement Program, and Austin HQ. If total cost is over $5,000, specifications are prepared by staff and submitted to the Austin Purchasing Section. Purchases required for maintenance of equipment are made by the field offices. Computers, vehicles and telecommunications equipment are purchased by Austin.

Coastal Fisheries Division Contacts

Office Address Phone Staff Contact
Administration Science and Policy Branch
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
512-389-4489 Steve Chapman
Science Science and Policy Branch
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
512-389-4725 Eric Nelson

Field Office Purchasers

Region District/Office Address Phone Staff Contact
Lower Coast Regional Office Lower Coast Regional Office
702 Navigation Circle
Rockport, TX 78382
361-729-2328 Nancy Ziegler
Lower Coast Hatchery
Regional Office
CCA/CPL Marine Dev. Ctr.
4300 Waldron Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
361-939-7784 Debbie Grime
Lower Coast Field Office Coastal Fisheries Field Office
95 Hatchery Road
Brownsville, TX 78520
956-350-4490 Patty Guajardo
Lower Coast Field Office Coastal Fisheries Field Office
6300 Ocean Dr., Ste. 2500,
Unit 5845, NRC Bldg.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
361-825-3370 Cindy Neathery
Upper Coast Regional Office Upper Coast Regional Office
1502 FM 517 East
Dickinson, TX 77539
281-534-0101
281-534-0103
Brenda Allen
Debbie Howard
Upper Coast Field Office Coastal Fisheries Field Office
2200 Harrison
Palacios, TX 77465
361-972-6253 Cynthia Cortez
Upper Coast Field Office Coastal Fisheries Field Office
601 Channelview
Port Arthur, TX 77640
409-983-1104 Liz Fontenot
Upper Coast Field Office Artificial Reef Program
1502 FM 517 East
Dickinson, TX 77539
281-534-0112 Doug Peter
Upper Coast Field Office Coastal Fisheries Field Office
P.O. Box 688
Port O'Connor, TX 77982
512-983-4425 Pagie Reeves
Upper Coast Hatchery Sea Center Texas
300 Medical Drive
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-299-2301 Patty Cardoza
Upper Coast Research Station Perry R. Bass MFRS
HC02, Box 385
Palacios, TX 77465
361-972-5483 Cynthia Gibbs

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