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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Laguna Madre - Mother to Nature on Texas-Mexico coast

The Laguna Madre is a coastal lagoon that runs 277 miles along the coast from Corpus Christi, Texas southward past the mouth of the Rio Grande River to Rio Soto la Marina in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

In a July 18 article in the Island Breeze (http://www.spislandbreeze.com/), entitled Texas by Nature: The Treasure of the Laguna Madre, Clay Carrington from The Nature Conservancy states:

"One of only five hypersaline lagoons in the world, the Laguna Madre, or 'Mother Lagoon,' serves as the spawning grounds for 60 percent of the Gulf of Mexico's fish species. With fields of high-saline, underwater seagrass meadows sheltering fragile juvenile shrimp, finfish and shellfish, the shallows sandwiched between barrier islands and tidal flats turn out thousands of tons of important commercial and sportfish species worth millions to the economies of Mexico, Texas and other states along the Gulf of Mexico. The hypersaline lagoon also provides some of the most important wintering waterfowl habitat on the entire east coast of Mexico - its estuaries, bays and marshes are critical to the survival of migratory shorebirds and neotropical songbirds."

In my last post I talked about the fishing tournaments scheduled in the next couple of weeks in the Laguna Madre Bay. This bay is the part of the lagoon that separates Port Isabel on the Texas mainland and the island of South Padre.

It is a shallow bay excellent for fishing, dolpin watching and all kinds of water sports. It is also beautiful from the early morning ocean mists to its fabuolous sunsets. If you've never visited the area, put it on your list of "must-see" places.

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