Brown Tide and Poor Fishing Conditions Reported in Baffin Bay

The lingering brown tide and poor fishing conditions in Baffin Bay were the main topics during a meeting at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. A group of concerned marine biologists and fisherman recently formed a group to find out what's causing the problems and consider possible solutions.

3 News Reporter Brian Burns attended Wednesday's gathering.

A group of marine scientists, graduate students and local residents gathered to get an update on finding out what's causing pollution in Baffin Bay

The Baffin Bay group was formed last year in response to concerns about poor fishing and last year's summer fish kill. At Wednesday's meeting, more information was discussed about findings on what chemical compounds are showing increase in the bay.

Jace Tunnell, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries, says,"It seems to always be down in the upper Laguna Madre, the lower portions of it around Baffin Bay. But then, this year it's gone all the way up to the JFK Causeway. Which is you know with the strong winds and things like that we've had it just pushed it up farther north than we usually see it."

Dr. Mike Wetz, Marine Biologist, says,"If you talk to parks and wildlife, their data suggests that black drum numbers are pretty high for that system, but then again you talk to some of the commercial fisherman and you listen to Scott Murray's presentation it sounds like things are still not that great down there."

Wetz says he's gather 11 civilian volunteers to sample water from different parts of the bay to gather information. The Baffin Bay group plans another update meeting for October.


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