Regulations Committee

Wednesday, 9:00 am, January 23, 2008

Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744

Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

  1. Land and Water Plan Update
    Staff: Robert Cook
  2. 2008-2009 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation - Permission to Publish
    • Changes in Hunting and Fishing Regulations
    • Hunter Education Regulations - Reduce Minimum Age
    Staff: Ken Kurzawski, Larry McKinney, Mike Berger
  3. Amendments to the Statewide Fur-bearing Animal Proclamation (Action Item No. 6)
    • Lengthening of Beaver Season
    • Terminology Changes
    • Fees
    Staff: John Young
  4. Controlled Exotic Snake Permits and Fees (Action Item No. 8)
    Staff: David Sinclair
  5. Deer Breeder Permit Rule Amendments - Implementation of Legislation (H.B. 1308) (Action Item No. 9)
    Staff: Clayton Wolf
  6. Harmful or Potentially Harmful Exotic Fish, Shellfish or Aquatic Plants Rules - Australian Redclaw
    Staff: Phil Durocher
  7. Off-Shore Aquaculture Permit Rules - Clarification (Action Item No. 7)
    Staff: Robin Riechers

Committee Agenda Item No. 1
Presenter: Robert L. Cook

Regulations Committee
Land and Water Plan Update
January 2008

I. Executive Summary: Executive Director Robert L. Cook will briefly update the Commission on the status of the agency's efforts to implement the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (the Plan).

II. Discussion: In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature directed that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) develop a Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Tex. Park & Wild. Code §11.104). In November 2002, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (the Commission) adopted the first Plan. A revised Plan was adopted by the Commission in January 2005. The Plan is available on the TPWD web site. Executive Director Robert L. Cook will update the Regulations Committee on TPWD's recent progress in achieving the Plan's Goals and Objectives as they relate to the Regulations Committee.

The Plan consists of 8 Goals and a total of 56 Objectives. The Goals stated in the Plan are as follows:


Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenter: Ken Kurzawski
Larry McKinney
Mike Berger

Regulations Committee
2008-09 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation
Permission to Publish
January 2008

I. Executive Summary: This item apprises the committee of staff's recommendations for potential changes to the Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation for the 2008-2009 seasons.

II. Discussion: Responsibility for establishing seasons, bag limits, and means and methods for taking wildlife resources is delegated to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission under Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 61. The potential changes are based upon statutory requirements and Commission policy, including scientific investigation and required findings of fact where applicable. The potential changes are intended to increase recreational opportunity, decrease regulatory complexity where possible, promote enforcement, and provide for the sound biological management of the wildlife resources of the state.

Attachments - 1

  1. Exhibit A – Summary of Proposal

Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Exhibit A

Summary of Proposal

Inland Fisheries
Coastal Fisheries
Wildlife
Hunter Education

Committee Agenda Item No. 6
Presenter: Phil Durocher

Regulations Committee
Harmful or Potentially Harmful Exotic Fish,Shellfish and Aquatic Plants Rules
Regarding the Status of Australian Redclaw Crayfish Culture in Texas
January 2008

I. Executive Summary: Staff will brief the Commission on the risk of Australian redclaw crayfish culture in Texas. Staff will also brief the Commission concerning the advantages of a non-prohibited species list.

II. Discussion:: In August 2006, the Commission adopted amendments to the Harmful or Potentially Harmful Exotic Fish, Shellfish or Aquatic Plants rules to allow the possession, culture and sale of one species in the family Parastacidae, Australian redclaw crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus. This species can be possessed, cultured and sold in Texas by individuals with valid exotic species permits. At the November 2007 Commission meeting the Commission gave the staff permission to publish rules prohibiting all species of the Parastacidae except the redclaw. After some discussion, the staff was instructed to also prohibit Australian redclaw crayfish if they are a potential threat in Texas. In response, staff has prepared an analysis to evaluate any risks of producing this species in Texas. The department currently publishes a list of prohibited fish, shellfish and aquatic plants. Any exotic species such as the Australian redclaw crayfish that is not on this list may be legally possessed in Texas. This could result in serious harm to our native aquatic resources if accidentally or intentionally released. Staff will discuss the advantages in publishing a non-prohibited fish, shellfish and aquatic plants list.

III. Recommendation:: Staff is proposing to prohibit the possession of all crayfish in the family Parastacidae including the Australian redclaw crayfish Cherax quadricacrinatus.


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