Feds budge on gulf reef issue

October 10, 2012

After more than two years of negotiations with Texas, the feds have granted approval for two massive gulf reefing zones offshore of the Coastal Bend.

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City Council Give Go-Ahead to Build Artificial Reef in Gulf

September 25, 2012

City Council members took action at City Hall on Tuesday that could result in improved conditions for sport fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a fact that dormant oil and gas rigs offshore can be turned into artificial reefs and be used to attract tens of thousands of fish, and now, using that same principle, the State and City are teaming up to create a different kind of artificial reef off Padre Island.

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Perry, feds at odds over artificial reef program

May 13, 2012

Gov. Rick Perry and a coastal congressman are complaining that federal regulations governing offshore oil rigs could jeopardize Texas' artificial reef program and reduce undersea habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Group uses high technology to reach new depths

March 18, 2012

HRI’s Fisheries and Ocean Health group led by Dr. Greg Stunz recently started a two-year project to monitor Texas artificial reefs.

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City may partner with state on artificial reef project

Oct 26, 2010

The city may begin storing chunks of concrete in a port-area warehouse as part of a plan to create an artificial reef off North Padre Island’s coast.

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Remington® Arms and CCA partner for Gulf habitat restoration

Sept 8, 2010

In a unique partnership between the hunting and angling communities, Remington Arms Company is offering a way for its customers to restore one of our country’s most valuable wildlife habitats through CCA’s Building Conservation Habitat Program.

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Vancouver Reef expansion splashes down

Aug 18, 2010

Texas anglers now have more fishing room at Vancouver Reef after more than 250 tons of concrete and granite reefing material were added to the popular fishing site this week through a cooperative effort of CCA Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

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Three more ships from Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet approved for dismantling

January 6, 2010

As a ship recycling company eyeing Vallejo continues to wade through red tape on environmental regulations, three more World War II era-ships have been targeted for dismantling in Texas.

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No one is buying decommissioned U.S. ships due to poor economy

October 2, 2009

Decommissioned merchant ships being stored at the Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Virginia have no buyers.

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Ghost fleet trimmed by one

June 08, 2009

The government has sold another ship in its James River Reserve Fleet.The Suribachi, a ship built in 1956, was sold for scrap metal recycling to a company in Texas for $20,001. The ship is tentatively to leave the fleet on July 2. It will be the 79th ship to leave the ghost fleet since 2001.State and local officials have been pushing the U.S. Maritime Administration to reduce the fleet of obsolete ships, which contain waste oil, lead, asbestos and other toxic materials, because of fears about environmental hazards. Several localities have passed resolutions asking Congress to fund the fleet's removal.

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Maritime Administration News Release

May 20, 2009

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has sold a ship for recycling to All Star Metals, LLC of Brownsville, Texas. The American Osprey, an off-shore petroleum discharge tanker, built in 1958 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Sparrows Point, Md., brought a purchase price of $12,227.70

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CCA Texas Funds Offshore Reef Project

May 06, 2009

Houston, TX – The Coastal Conservation Association Texas (CCA Texas) Executive Board recently approved $25,000 to fund 150 tons of concrete and rock debris to be added to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Vancouver reefing area in the near-shore waters off of Freeport. The project will provide crucial habitat for many recreationally important species including red snapper, kingfish and ling. The undertaking will be a joint effort between CCA Texas’ Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow program (HTFT), TPWD and local and private businesses, which will provide services and expertise for transporting, storing and placing of the reef material.

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TPWC passes sweeping fishing restrictions

March 29, 2009

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission made final decisions about proposed regulations at its March 25-26 meeting Austin. The annual gathering of the TPW Commission finalized rules that have been in the works since at least October 2008.

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New Study Confirms RFA's Claims on Red Snapper Abundance

March 4, 2009

A new study released by Dr. Robert Shipp and Dr. Steve Bortone reveals that the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper stock may be at a higher level of abundance than estimated by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

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Last Port of Cal

February 21, 2009

Hundreds of high school, middle school and college students gathered at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College to enjoy a rare treat. On Thursday they were the first audience to view a new documentary on the sinking of the Texas Clipper.

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Archaeologists unearth a graveyard of ancient shipwrecks in the Black Sea

October 27, 2008

In the depths of the Black Sea lies a landscape of eternal darkness. With no light and no oxygen in the sea's anoxic layer, no life can survive, except perhaps the ghosts of ancient mariners whose ships foundered thousands of years ago.

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