Legislation could limit public’s voice on environmental decisions
March 7, 2015
SEADRIFT – Since he was 13 years old, Wesley Blevins has sold shrimp caught in San Antonio Bay.
The 68-year-old sold his license to operate a shrimp boat back to the state years ago, when health problems made the grueling 12-hour workdays more difficult.
“I’m proud I grew up a commercial fisherman,” Blevins said. “My daddy was, and my brothers still are.”
Blevins and his wife operate a seafood market a block from the bay, where they work as middlemen between fishermen and women and people who love seafood.
Despite owning a business that depends on the health of the bay, the state’s environmental agency staff recommended Blevins’ voice not be heard by officials considering an upstream project that could affect the bay’s salinity. The agency’s reasoning was the storefront where Blevins sells bay-caught seafood is a block from the water.
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