Funding for this research was provided by:
State Wildlife Grant (Subcontract of 56424)
Received: 13 September 2017
Accepted: 13 February 2018
First Online: 23 February 2018
: The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) state government fish hatcheries do not have an ethics committee reporting system as the state of Texas has no established regulations for the use and treatment of fishes reared in stat fish hatcheries for research purposes. The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. State agency rule writers in cooperation with the Office of the Secretary of State have organized and disseminated state agency rules starting in 1975 with the passage of the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act (Government Code, §2001 and §2002).TAC Title 31, Part 2, Chapter 52, Rule §52.104 (available at: ExternalRef removed) states that “all stockings shall be for either investigation, propagation, distribution, scientific, educational or other valid management purposes”. Fish culture operations at the state hatcheries are conducted via standard operating procedures. TPWD employee Robert Vega has an Employee Scientific Collection Permit (Authorization Number: 588) to collect, transport and propagate fish in Texas for investigation of scientific purposes. Guidelines for the use of animals in research put forth in Buchanan et al. [CitationRef removed] and the Journal of Fish biology [CitationRef removed] are implemented at the TPWD hatchery in Corpus Christi. The mapping crosses were used with the permission of the hatchery.
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