Analysis of Populations of Sports and Commercial Fin-fish in the Coastal Bays of Texas
Breuer, Joseph P.
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Juvenile gamefish were sampled in all Texas bay areas in 1966 with 60 foot bag seines; adults were sampled with trammel nets and drag-seines. Production of juvenile redfish, Sciaenops ocellata, was up in Galveston Bay, San Antonio Bay and Lower Laguna Madre areas and down in Matagorda Bay area. Juvenile trout, Cynoscion nebulosus, Black drum, Pogonias cromis, and sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus, increased in Matagorda Bay, but decreased in Galveston Bay and the lower Laguna Madre. Declines in abundance were noted for flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma, in Galveston, Matagorda, and San Antonio Bays and in the Lower Laguna Madre.