This fish has been called ugly and prehistoric. Here’s why Texas wants to protect it

Star-Telegram –

They are probably one of the most unique creatures plying Texas waters. Some have called them ugly and others have described them as prehistoric.

Now, Texas Parks and Wildlife is proposing changes to protect overfishing of large, maturealligator gar as well as a nighttime bowfishing ban. The proposed regulation changes include a 4-foot maximum length for fish on the Trinity River from south of the Interstate 30 bridge in Dallas all the way to the I-10 bridge in Chambers County east of Houston.

To fishing guide Marshall Bryant the rules are unfair. Bryant is originally from Aledo and takes customers all over Texas in the pursuit of alligator gar.

“They make no sense,” Bryant said. ‘We do have a sustainable alligator gar population and a sustainable amount of trophy alligator gar to harvest.”

Bryant has started a petition drive that he says has more than 6,000 signatures to oppose the rule changes.

In a press release, Craig Bonds, TPWD Inland Fisheries Director, said that the parks and wildlife commission “has communicated to us that they would rather, out of an abundance of caution, act proactively to further limit harvest of older, mature alligator gar while populations are in relatively good shape.”

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