Sep. 15—AUSTIN — Beginning this month, anglers can voluntarily report pink snapper landings on the My Texas Hunt Harvest (MTHH) app as Texas Parks and Wildlife Division (TPWD) discontinues its iSnapper app.
The Harte Analysis Institute for Gulf of Mexico Research at Texas A&M Corpus Christi beforehand managed iSnapper app however transferred administration to TPWD’s Coastal Fisheries Division.
Now, anglers will have the ability to report their pink snapper catches from their telephone in the identical place the place they maintain their pink drum tags, submit voluntary flounder reporting and different info to TPWD.
“The Texas Parks and Wildlife Division depends on probably the most correct knowledge doable, together with reviews from iSnapper, to find out the state of the pink snapper fishery,” Robin Riechers, Coastal Fisheries Director at TPWD, stated in a information launch. “The info from the app is used with our creel survey program to estimate pink snapper landings and maintain the season open for so long as doable whereas complying with the NMFS quota. Since TPWD makes use of the info and manages the fisheries, it made probably the most sense to maneuver the app below our administration. We additionally hope that as extra voluntary reporting is submitted, we are able to proceed to extend the utility of the info reported to TPWD.”
Incorporating iSnapper performance with the MTHH app permits biologists to make use of voluntary angler reporting along side routine surveys by employees to handle the fishery.
The Nationwide Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) pink snapper harvest quota, set yearly for every gulf state, determines season dates and federal regulation compliance. As soon as set by NMFS, it is the person state’s duty to observe landings and keep throughout the quota.
The My Texas Hunt Harvest app permits digital submission of obligatory harvest reviews, together with alligator gar harvest reporting, and helps digital tagging of harvested deer, turkey and outsized pink drum for sure license holders.
Searching and fishing rules for the 2023-24 season can be found on-line at outdoorannual.com, or the Outside Annual cell app.