Megan G. Bean

Inland Fisheries Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 5103 Junction Highway, Mountain Home, TX 78058, USA

Conservation Status of Texas Freshwater Fishes: Informing State-based Species Protections

SEAFWA Journal Volume 8, March 2021

In Texas, freshwater fishes recognized as State Threatened or Endangered (STE) receive special attention when Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) consults with other agencies on projects that have the potential to alter freshwater systems. Regulatory oversight by TPWD of scientific and zoological collections, fish stockings, commercial fishing, disturbances to state-owned streambeds, and exotic species management must also ensure that no adverse impacts occur to STE freshwater fishes. Furthermore, STE species are prioritized by TPWD for voluntary-based investments in research,...