Baffin Bay supports some of the highest recreational and commercial fishery landings in Texas. Covering some 84.56 square miles between Kenedy and Kleberg counties in South Texas, it also contains critical habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife and is surrounded by a thriving agricultural community. Current water quality impairments and degradation threaten its health and future.  

An existing local Baffin Bay Stakeholder Group, consisting of fishermen, landowners, farmers, ranchers, business owners, local government and agencies, would like to expand protection efforts. The development of a locally driven plan for voluntarily addressing issues through a unified approach provides an advantage when seeking funding for improvement projects. Please join us and share feedback on your vision for the future of Baffin Bay. 

Items to be discussed are: presentation on Baffin Bay’s importance and overview of watershed protection planning process and  presentation on past, current and upcoming research efforts. 

There will be breakout sessions so community members can provide input and set priorities. The group will then start setting short and long-term goals.  The final act will be a call for Baffin Bay Stakeholder Group subcommittee members. 

So mark your calendars for this very important meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dick Kleberg Park recreational building. 

Sponsors include Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, City of Kingsville, and Sea Grant Texas at Texas A&M University.

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