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South Bay Coastal Preserve
Southwest Region, October 22, 2004
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During the past two years Coastal Program staff have provided technical assistance to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the development of protective measure for South Bay Coastal Preserve. South Bay Coastal Preserve is located in Cameron County near the town of Port Isabel Texas. This shallow coastal bay covers approximately 10 square miles and contains a diversity of habitat types including: seagrass beds, oyster reefs, mangroove marsh, tidal flats, and emergent marsh. In June and July this year Coastal Program Staff assisted TPWD in the placement of 52 signs marking shallow water seagrass beds to help boaters avoid propeller scarring this sensitive habitat type. In addition large (4 foot by 8 foot) signs were installed at area boat ramps and the entrance to South Bay to educate boater about South Bay Coastal Preserve and the unique habitats found there. This month 50,000 color brochures describing South Bay Coastal Preserve were produced by TPWD with technical assistance from Coastal Program Staff. These brochures will be distributed to public in the communities surrounding South Bay. In late November or early December this year South Bay will be photographed during a high-resolution color aerial photography mission. Coastal Program Staff will assist in preparation for the photography as well as mapping of the habitats at the time the photography is acquired. This project to date has included numerous partners: TPWD, USFWS, EPA, the Texas General Land Office, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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