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Deepwater Horizon Spill Creates Ripple Effect on Gulf’s Bluefin Tuna

Posted on · The new movie Deepwater Horizon serves as a grim reminder of what happened on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf Of Mexico. That’s when eleven crewmen were killed on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. That deadly incident was just the start of what became an all-out environmental catastrophe, as […]

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Can Galveston Bay’s Oyster Industry Survive Another Disaster?

Posted on · Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a disaster declaration for Galveston Bay’s oyster industry, after a second consecutive year of crops being devastated by freshwater runoff from excessive rains. The declaration is the first step in helping oyster business owners – and the fishermen who work for them – get financial assistance from the […]

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Imports and Antibiotics: Why Gulf Coast Shrimpers Are Struggling

Posted on · Times are tough for shrimpers along the Gulf Coast. Growing competition from importers has driven prices down to a fraction of what they were just a year ago, despite health concerns about illegal antibiotic-laced farm-raised shrimp from Asia. We learn more about the toll taken on the Gulf Coast’s shrimping industry. To help us get a better […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Death Penalty, Hunting Rights and Writing an Essay to Win a House: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From death penalty news in both Texas and Nebraska, to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would protect Texans’ rights to fish and hunt, and to writing an essay to win a house: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” is comprised […]

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On Galveston Bay, There’s More to Fishing Than Bait and Tackle

Posted on · The Houston region has a wealth of opportunities for recreational fishing. From ponds to lakes and out to the Gulf of Mexico, there’s no shortage of places to fish. And if you’re a beginner or don’t own the equipment you need, there are hundreds of guides to choose from. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin met up […]