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TPWD News Release — July 6, 2004

Bass Conservation Plates Available for Boat Trailers

AUSTIN, Texas — The distinctive largemouth bass conservation license plate adorning thousands of Texas vehicles is now available for boat trailer registration.

As part of a pilot program, the Texas Department of Transportation is making available for trailers the popular Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s conservation largemouth bass plate. This marks the first specialty plate available for trailers.

"Texas bass fishermen are proud of their sport and considering the huge number of bass boats in Texas I think we can anticipate seeing a lot of these plates in the future," predicted Phil Durocher, TPWD Director of Inland Fisheries. "It’s another way they can show their support for the fishery."

The conservation largemouth bass plate costs $30 in addition to regular vehicle registration fees, with $22 used to benefit the management and production of largemouth bass in Texas. Sales of the bass plate have generated more than $75,000 for bass conservation efforts since 2002.

The bass conservation license plates can be ordered at any county tax office in Texas, or an application can be downloaded from the TPWD Web site at (http://www.conservation-plate.org/) and mailed to the Texas Department of Transportation with a check or money order. Also, anyone can request a brochure by mail by calling (800) 792-1112 and leaving a name and mailing address. It takes 2-to-3 weeks.

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