Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 39, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 27, 1995 Page: 2 of 16
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segments of the aquaculture business by reducing
both risks and costs associated with commercial
grow-out. Through a creative farmer-driven collabo-
ration, supported by governmental agencies and in-
stitutions along with associated businesses, it is
believed such an aquaculture facility would promote
the growth of economically viable commercial fish
farms in Texas in a favorable fashion,
Specific benefits to producers who may join in
such a joint venture are listed as:
• shared costs and risks,
• cost savings from volume purchases of supplies
• dependable availability of advanced marine/
aquatic fish or shellfish with predictable delivery
dates and cost (i .e. schedules, prices and terms would
be jointly set by shareholders),
• greater assurances of accurate water quality
analysis and/or disease diagnosis <i.c. through cen-
tralized lab services),
• the facility would add to the infrastmcturc needed
to support and strengthen aquaculture in Texas (i.e.
the circle of economic growth would be enlarged),
• the enhances satisfaction of direct farm product
purchasers (i.e. firsdine customers) will bring de-
mand for more production, and
• more favorable economic, social and environ-
mental conditions would be fostered throughout the
state by the broad-reaching incorporation of best
management practices by collaborating producer-
This initiative was conceived and is being pro-
moted by Doyle Schaerof Danevang. Schaeris a 25-
year veteran of commercial crawfish fuming in the
mid-coast region of the state, and is currently serving
as an instructor for the Aquaculture Technology
Program at the Texas State Technical College’s
Palacios campus. As Schaer’s request, the Texas
Marine Advisory Service (MAS), the outreach com-
ponent of the Texas A&M Sea Grant College Pro-
gram, is assisting in determining need and interest on
the part of present or prospective fish farmers for the
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establishment of such a facility. Should Texas pro-
ducers agree to collectively proceed with tire devel-
opment of the proposed nursery operation, MAS is
poised to further aid in the planning and preparations
leading to a successful conclusion to the project.
To facilitate an adequate needs assessment and
solicit farmer participation in the process to establish
a cooperatively developed and run fish/shellfish nurs-
ery, a series of open meetings will be held. On Jan.
11, 1996, a meeting will be held at the Harbor
Master's office in Palacios to fully review and dis-
cuss detailsof this proposal for those interested. This
public meeting will be repeated on Jan. Iff at the
Wharton County Electric Cooperative building in El
Campo for those unable to attend the Palacios func-
Then on Feb. 15, a meeting will be held (at a Lime
and place to be announced) during the national
Aquaculture America ‘96 conference in Arlington.
The puipose of this gathering being to involve those
with serious interest in the project in firming up plans
and procedures for going forward with the proposed
facility. If sufficient commitment has been generated
by the previous three meetings, then a formal meet-
ing to establish an official structure for the producer-
owned business and adopt an agreeable operatiohs
plan will be held on March 14 in Palacios.
Each and every one of these meetings are opervto
all persons involved or interested in the growth of the
aquaculture industry in Texas. Such parties codld
include, but are not limited to, current or prospective
fish farmers, financial concerns, landowners, allied
business Operators, natural resource management
and regulatory authorities, economic development
professionals and aquaculture consul tails.
Those desiring more information on this aquacjul-
lure advancement project may contact Doyle Schier
at (409) 543-4172 (evenings only) or fax 972-3806;
or Willie Younger at (409) 2454100 or fax (409)
245-5661. .iMviamn.i&WflMW !
Hatchery operation aiming to help
rejuvenate gulf shrimp population
Donation to Little League
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS-Our Lady of the Sea made a
donation last week to the Palacios Little League. Pictured
are Teresa Shimek of Catholic Daughters and Santos Perez
of Palacios Little League. (Beacon Photo by Leita Hooper)
• Ramon E. Guerrero, 21, of
the 1500 block of Newsom was
arrested at 6:20 a.m. Sept. 25
on Highway 35 near the Pala-
cios High School and charged
with an outstanding DPS war-
• Mary Jurasek, 34, of
Blessing was arrested at 9:50
p.m. Sept. 24 at the Pavilion
and charged with disorderly
conduct and public intoxica-
• Alejandro Garcia, 41, of
the 300 block of Commerce
was arrested on Sept. 22 at his
residence and charged with
• Ignacio Ferretiz, 41, of the
300 block of Commerce was
arrested at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at
the county annex and charged
with public intoxication.
• Michael DeLeon Gatica,
29, of the 800 block of Rorem
was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Sept.
20 in the 800 block of Rorem
and charged with family vio-
lence and criminal mischief.
• Gary Will Nixon, 33, ad-
dress unknown, was arrested at
12:30 a.m. Sept. 20 in the 400
block of Commerce and
charged with public intoxica-
• Domingo Reyes Estrada,
48, of Mathis was arrested at
4:21 p.m. Sept 19 in the 500
block of Main and charged
with public intoxication.
• Quang Due Tran, 32, of
1st and Henderson was attested
at 12:02 a.m. Sept. 21 in the
400 block of Morton and
charged with public intoxica-
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With much attention being
given to aquaculture and the
controversy surrounding farm-
raised verses gulf-grown
shrimp, one scientist is attempt-
ing to bridge the gap, and in
turn, rejuvenate the Texas gulf
Nick Staresfaiic, a maricul-
ture consultant, is currently
raising 60,000 Gulf White
shrimp at tire new Texas
A&M-Galveston hatchery. The
postlarvae whites are growing
in a high density chamber, and
later will be released to con-
tribute to the commercial
“The Texas seafood indus-
try, based principally on
shrimp, is valued at about $600
million annually and employs
more than 30,000,” said
Staresinic. “Young shrimp
face a tough life. After hatch-
ing offshore, less than 10% of
the larval crustaceans may
survive to enter the coastal
nurseries as postlarvae. During
their development in the bay
system, which lasts several
months, the growing shrimp
population is further depleted
by yjyedators (fish). Early
shrimp arrivals must also en-
dure cumbersome and poten-
tially fatal cold fronts and
other unpredictable environ-
Staresinic, whose project has
received partial funding form
the Texas A&M Sea Grant
program, plans to help shrimp
avert this critical stage by rais-
ing and releasing disease-free
shrimp large enough (one-to-
two inches) to avoid predators.
He feels the reseeding should
increase the number of young
shrimp that later become part
of the Texas catch.
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“Raising young shrimp in seems only prudent to develop could serve as an insurance
the controlled environment of §* restocking as a management policy, and the time to take out
culture tanks protects them tool,” Staresinic said. “At the an insurance policy is before
from predators and drastic en- very least, a release program the accident occurs.”
vironmental conditions. Their
(shrimp) survival is naturally
higher. More than 50% of lab-
oratory hatchlings may survive
to postlarvae,” he said.
Shrimp restocking is not a
new concept. Techniques were
developed by National Marine
Fisheries Service researchers in
Galveston in the 1970s.
Staresinic’s project, modeled
after the earlier research, is also
being conducted in Galveston
because older shrimp naturally
migrate offshore and south-
ward when leaving the bays.
Staresinic believes releases in
Galveston Bay will prove ben-
eficial to local bay shrimpers
as well as those who fish off
the coast of Texas.
The Japanese, who pio-
neered shrimp culture, have
stocked shrimp in their waters
since 1968. the country touts
success in stabilizing some
shrimp populations, while in-
creasing the yield in Others.,J
One fishery claims for every *
million juveniles released the
shrimper’s catch increases
more than 7,000 pounds of
“Though no one is predict-
ing the imminent demise of
Gulf shrimp, with the impor-
tance of shrimping to the
economies and lifestyle of
Gulf Coast communities, it
Teen court meets
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Teen court for the Palacios
area will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday (Sept. 28) at the
Matagorda County Annex
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settings. Will and Charlie shared a love of the old west days of Cowboys and Indi-
ans. Will was approximately one-quarter Cherokee Indian. ,
“You know, Indians used to be tip wards of the government, but how we all are.
Everybody is an Indian. I hear the Naoajos have struck oil on their reservation. That
will give the white man a chance to show his socailed 100 percent Americanism by
flocking in and taking it away from the Indians. Let’s don’t get down in intolerance
as far down as the Indians. Because if you monkey around, I’m Cherokee too, and a
faff of us will get together, and run you all out of this country, that’s all, and take it
back over again. Pibrims would always pray. I bet any one of you have never seen
a picture of one of these old Pilgrims praying that he didn’t have a gun right by the
side ofhim. That was to see that he got what he was praying for. But they were very
religious people that came over here from the old country. They were very human.
They would shoot a couple of Indians on the way to every prayer meeting.
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