One of the purposes and objectives of TGCC, as specified in the TGCC 2014 Constitution, is to “defend and advance the legal rights and privileges of all divers through appropriate state and federal legislation”. The TGCC 2nd Vice President normally handles these issues. You as a diver can help by keeping informed on relevant issues and expressing your concerns to the relevant authorities. We invite your input on these and other issues.
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** Texas Senate House Bill 7 **
Letter regarding and the bill itself: HB7-2015 – Please read both and act soon.
The Attempt to Steal Galveston Bay
The Chamber-Liberty Counties Navigation District (CLCND) is an organization that oversees 50% of Galveston Bay. This organization recently leased the Galveston Bay bottoms north of Eagle and Smith Points to Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management, LLC (STORM). Please go to the internet address Concerned Citizens of Texas Gulf Coast and click on that title which will take you directly to a petition asking for Texas Parks & Wildlife and the Texas General Land Office to continue leading the defense of the rights of fishermen, harvesters, oyster leaseholders and the State of Texas to own, maintain, and control the state’s water bottoms and natural resources.
The agency with the most direct impact on Texas divers is the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). Of special interest to TGCC is the Artificial Reef Fund. TPWD funding and accounting of the Artificial Reef Fund (ARF) has been a concern of our member dive clubs for some time now. Our concern is ensuring that the monies allocated for artificial reefs are being used wisely towards that purpose. Therefore, we have been politically active both publicly and behind the scenes to seek a full accounting of these funds. We encourage you to write letters and petitions to both elected and appointed representatives.
In 2012, the British Columbia–based Native American Haida tribe launched an effort to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea mariculture — in this case, the distribution of 120 tons of iron sulfate into the northeast Pacific to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom which in turn would provide ample food for baby salmon. The verdict is now in on this highly controversial experiment: It worked. However…read more online: National Review “Pacific Salmon Are Back” article
One of the purposes and objectives of TGCC, as specified in the TGCC 2014 Constitution, is to “foster environmental awareness in the dive community”. Understanding that there are many larger and more powerful organizations dedicated solely to environmental issues, we believe our role is best suited to scout for issues of relevance to us as divers and direct you to those organizations. We support the efforts of these organizations with respect to these issues. We especially support the FGBNMS Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Many divers do not realize that the Texas gulf coast offers diving opportunities on vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life in clear water. While they are located 110 miles offshore, weekend public charters are available most of the year. See the FGBNMS website to learn more. The FGBNMS Sanctuary Advisory Council facilitates communication between the sanctuary staff and groups such as TGCC that are interested in how sanctuary resources are managed.
Frank and Joyce Burek have received numerous awards; one of which is having a newly discovered fish named after them – the Mardi Gras Wrasse, Latin name Halichoeres burekae.