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RULE §57.921Redfish Bay State Scientific Area

(a) Purpose: The Redfish Bay State Scientific Area is established for the purpose of education, scientific research, and preservation of flora and fauna of scientific or educational value.

(b) Boundaries:

  (1) 27 59.538N; 097 3.858W (Northern extremity of island forming northern boundary of Estes Cove);

  (2) 27 59.232N; 097 4.434W (Intersection of Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) and Mouth of Cove Harbor);

  (3) 27 55.986N; 097 6.804W (GIWW at Rocky Ridge);

  (4) 27 53.880N; 097 8.088W (intersection of GIWW and Aransas Pass Shrimp Boat Channel);

  (5) 27 53.058N; 097 8.502W (Intersection of GIWW and Brown and Root Channel);

  (6) 27 52.32N; 097 9.486W (Intersection of GIWW and mouth of Redfish Bay Terminal);

  (7) 27 49.483N; 097 11.255W (A point near the southern extremity of Dagger Island where the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and the GIWW intersect);

  (8) 27 50.489N; 097 6.619W (A point north of the southwest arm of Harbor Island);

  (9) 27 50.613N; 097 6.614W (A point northwest of the previous point, north of the southwest arm of Harbor Island);

  (10) 27 50.860N; 097 5.315W (A point north of the southeast portion of Harbor Island);

  (11) 27 50.439N; 097 4.841W (A point in the Corpus Christi Channel southeast of Harbor Island);

  (12) 27 50.745 N; 097 3.66 W (A point on Harbor Island at the intersection of Aransas Shrimp Boat Channel and Corpus Christi Ship Channel);

  (13) 27 52.420 N; 097 2.470 W (A point in Lydia Ann Channel);

  (14) 27 55.020 N; 097 03.460 W (East of the mouth of Corpus Christi Bayou).

(c) No person may move, remove, deface, alter, or destroy any sign, depth marker or other informational signage placed by the department to delineate boundaries of the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area or to designate specific zones within the area.

(d) This subsection is effective May 1, 2006:

  (1) In this section, "seagrass plant" means individuals from the following marine flowering plant species: Star Grass (Halophila engelmannii), Manatee Grass (Cymodocea filiformis), Shoalgrass (Halodule beaudettei), Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum), and Widgeon Grass (Ruppia maritima).

  (2) Within the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area, no person shall cause or allow any rooted seagrass plant to be uprooted or dug out from the bay bottom by a submerged propeller, except as may be permitted by a coastal lease issued by the Texas General Land Office or otherwise permitted under state law.

  (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (2) of this subsection, it is not a violation to:

    (A) anchor a vessel within the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area; or

    (B) use electric trolling motors within the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area.

(e) The penalty for violation of this section is prescribed by Parks and Wildlife Code, §13.112.

Source Note: The provisions of this §57.921 adopted to be effective August 31, 2000, 25 TexReg 8408; amended to be effective June 29, 2005, 30 TexReg 3728; amended to be effective April 6, 2006, 31 TexReg 2862; amended to be effective August 4, 2010, 35 TexReg 6672

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