Texas Parks and Wildlife Code

Sec. § 66.024
Seagrass Plants


(a)

In this section, “seagrass plant” means a flowering marine plant of the species:

(1)

Cymodocea filiformis, known as manatee grass;

(2)

Halodule beaudettei or Halodule wrightii, known as shoal grass;

(3)

Halophila engelmannii, known as star grass or Engelmann’s seagrass;

(4)

Ruppia maritima, known as widgeon grass; or

(5)

Thalassia testudinum, known as turtle grass.

(b)

A person may not uproot or dig out any rooted seagrass plant from a bay bottom or other saltwater bottom area in the jurisdiction of this state by means of a propeller, except as that uprooting or digging out may be authorized by a commercial license or permit issued by the department.

(c)

It is a defense to prosecution under this section that a person:

(1)

anchors a vessel within an area containing seagrass plants and uproots a seagrass plant;

(2)

uses an electric trolling motor within an area containing seagrass plants and uproots a seagrass plant; or

(3)

operates a vessel in a manner consistent with the acceleration required to reach and stay on plane.

(d)

A person who violates this section or a proclamation of the commission under this section commits an offense that is a Class C Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor.
Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1071 (H.B. 3279), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.
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