The Gulf Game Wardens - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Uploaded by TexasParksWildlife on 08.02.2011

Transcript:
(ocean surf)
>> IT'S THE BEGINNING OF A
WEEK ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.
>> YOU PUSHING?
>> YEAH, I'M PUSHING.
>> THESE TEXAS GAME WARDENS
ARE BEGINNING THEIRS WITH
A TRIP TO THE STORE,
TO STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES.
>> WE'VE ALREADY GOT BREAD.
>> SO WE NEED SODAS, COFFEE...
>> COME TO THE STORE, GET WHAT
WE NEED, AND THEN GO TO WORK.
>> SOUTH PADRE IS NOT THEIR
DESTINATION...
>> PREVENTS MOTION SICKNESS...
>> ...IT'S MORE OF A
JUMPING-OFF POINT.
>> HE MIGHT NEED IT.
>> THESE WARDENS WILL BE
SPENDING THE NEXT FEW DAYS
LIVING ON A BOAT...
>> OKAY, DON'T GO IN
THE WATER!
>> ...SERVING ON A WEEK-LONG
PATROL OF THE LOWER GULF COAST.
>> FOR THE FIVE DAYS THAT
WE'RE HERE ON THIS BOAT,
WE'RE AVAILABLE 24/7.
(engines start)
(music)
>> THE COAST GUARD DOES NOT
HESITATE TO LET ME KNOW
WHEN THEY NEED HELP.
WE ALSO WORK VERY CLOSE WITH
CUSTOMS AND THE BORDER PATROL.
>> FOR SERGEANT JAMES DUNKS,
LAUNCHING A 65 FOOT BOAT IS
JUST ANOTHER TRIP TO THE OFFICE
AS A GULF GAME WARDEN.
>> FROM THE TIME I GET A CALL,
I CAN BE OUT THE JETTIES
IS LESS THAN 10 MINUTES.
>> IT IS OUTSIDE THOSE
JETTIES, OFFSHORE,
THAT GULF WARDENS SPEND
MUCH OF THEIR TIME.
WITH JUST ONE OTHER BOAT
THIS SIZE, THEY PATROL OVER
350 MILES OF TEXAS COASTLINE.
JAMES AND HIS TEAM WATCH THE
LOWER COAST, AND A CREW OUT OF
GALVESTON TAKES THE UPPER,
ENFORCING THE LAW IN STATE
WATERS UP TO NINE MILES
FROM SHORE.
THEY ARE BUSIEST DURING THE
SUMMER SEASON, WHEN COMMERCIAL
GULF SHRIMPERS VIE FOR THE
LARGEST BROWN SHRIMP.
>> THIS IS OUR SHRIMP PATROL
THAT WE DO FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS
STRAIGHT AND DO WEEK-LONG
SHIFTS...
>> HOW'RE YOU DOING?
>> ...PATROL THE GULF OF MEXICO
FOR ANY KIND OF SHRIMPERY
VIOLATION, FISHERY VIOLATION...
>> EL CAPITAN ESTA ARRIBA?
>> ...OR ANYTHING ELSE
THAT WE COME ACROSS.
>> STATE GAME WARDEN.
HOW'RE YOU DOING, CAPTAIN?
>> ON THIS EVENING,
THE WARDENS FIND SHRIMPERS
FOLLOWING THE LAW.
BUT AFTER SUNSET, THEY DO SPOT
SOMETHING THAT CONCERNS THEM.
>> THIS IS NOT LEGAL.
THIS IS A MEXICAN LONG LINE.
>> BUT IT IS NOT IN MEXICO.
>> WE'RE ABOUT UH HALF A MILE
NORTH OF THE MEXICAN BORDER,
AND ABOUT TWO AND A HALF
MILES OFFSHORE.
IT'S BASICALLY A LONG TROT LINE.
THESE LINES CAN BE AS LONG
AS FOUR AND FIVE MILES LONG.
>> IN DARKNESS AND SLOSHING
SEAS, THE CREW PULLS IN THE
LINE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
>> THE LINE'S BACK THAT WAY,
JAMES.
WHOA!
WHOA!
IT'S IN THE WHEEL!
>> THESE LINES CAN ENTANGLE
BOATERS, BUT MOSTLY THEY
THREATEN FISH.
(fish flops on deck)
>> BIG BLACK DRUM.
HE SHOULD BE JUST FINE.
>> BYE BYE FISHY.
TODAY'S YOUR LUCKY DAY.
(splash)
>> THEY'RE PRIMARILY TARGETING
SHARKS FOR THE FINS.
YOU SEE SEA TURTLES ON 'EM.
WE'VE PULLED BLUE MARLIN,
TARPON, ALL KINDS OF FISH.
THEY JUST CATCH AND KILL
ANYTHING THAT BITES THOSE HOOKS.
IT'S NOT UNCOMMON AND IT'S JUST
DEVASTATING TO THE RESOURCE.
>> I DON'T KNOW, IT'S A SHARK.
(laughs)
>> AFTER SAVING SOME SEA LIFE,
THEY REACH THE MEXICAN BORDER
AND CUT THE LINE.
>> AND THAT'S IT.
WE PROBABLY PICKED UP A MILE
AND A HALF, MAYBE TWO MILES
OF LINE.
THIS IS WHAT WE'RE OUT HERE TO
DO IS PROTECT THIS RESOURCE.
>> IT'S WELL AFTER MIDNIGHT
BEFORE THE CREW RETURNS TO PORT
FOR SOME SLEEP.
>> NOT ENOUGH!
(coffee brewing)
>> BUT BEFORE LONG THEY'RE
BACK AT IT.
(door opening)
>> MORNING!
(water running)
>> LIVING ON A BOAT WITH A BUNCH
OF GUYS FOR FOUR OR FIVE DAYS
IS PRETTY INTERESTING.
>> OH YEAH.
IT'S DEFINITELY LIKE HIGH SCHOOL
AND COLLEGE, HAVING AN APARTMENT
WITH SOME BUDDIES OR SOMETHING,
LIVING IN TIGHT QUARTERS.
>> WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER.
>> GETTING READY FOR WORK.
>> WE'RE NOT STRANGERS
BY ANY MEANS.
UH, BUT IT DEFINITELY THROWS A
DIFFERENT ELEMENT INTO THINGS.
>> UNFORTUNATELY, BEFORE THE
BOAT CAN BEGIN DAY TWO OF
PATROL, THERE ARE TECHNICAL
DIFFICULTIES TO CONTEND WITH.
>> 120
>> THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING
TO DO ON A BOAT IN TERMS
OF MAINTENANCE.
(breaker clicks on)
>> ALRIGHT, THAT WORKS.
>> I NEED A DIVER.
>> THERE'S ALSO MORE TROUBLE
FROM THAT ILLEGAL LINE
ENCOUNTERED THE NIGHT BEFORE.
>> YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT WAS
SUCKED UP INTO THE STRUT.
>> A DIVER FROM THE
FIRE DEPARTMENT IS CALLED
OUT TO HELP.
>> BEFORE WE LEAVE THE DOCK
AGAIN I WANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S
CLEAN SO WE DON'T HAVE ANY
MAJOR MECHANICAL FAILURES.
(music)
SPEND A LOT OF TIME OUTSIDE THE
JETTIES IN THE DEEPER WATER,
THE BLUER WATER.
AND I KIND OF FIND A PEACE WITH
MYSELF ONCE I DO GET OUT THERE.
IT'S RELAXING, BUT THEN AGAIN IT
CAN TURN INTO WORK IN A HURRY.
(radio chatter)
SALVADOR R, CAPTAIN WILLIAMS,
CHANNEL ONE SIX, OVER.
>> THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN.
(laughs)
>> BELOW DECK THE WARDENS
PREPARE FOR WHAT COULD
BE A TRICKY BOARDING.
>> ANYTIME IT'S ROUGH
IT GETS INTERESTING.
BUT UH I THINK WE'RE
GOOD ON THIS ONE.
WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
>> YOU'RE ON A DECK THAT'S
PITCHING AND ROLLING AND YOU
HAVE TO GET ON ANOTHER DECK
THAT'S PITCHING AND ROLLING,
AND SOMETIMES NOT IN THE
SAME DIRECTION.
SO IT MAKES IT
KIND OF DANGEROUS.
>> YEAH, THIS IS THE FUN
PART RIGHT HERE.
AHH.
>> IT DEFINITELY MAKES YOU
KNOW THAT YOU'RE ALIVE.
>> TEXAS GAME WARDENS.
HOW'S IT GOING?
>> SAFELY ONBOARD A SHRIMP BOAT,
THE WARDENS CHECK THE NETS TO
SEE THAT THEY ARE LEGAL.
>> I ALREADY DID THE BRDS.
>> BY-CATCH REDUCTION DEVICES
ALLOW TURTLES AND FISH
A BETTER CHANCE OF ESCAPE,
REDUCING UNINTENTIONAL CATCH.
>> THEY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING THAT
THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE.
>> BY ENSURING NETS ARE RIGGED
PROPERLY AND EXTRA FISH ARE NOT
BEING KEPT, GAME WARDENS HELP
KEEP A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR
A YEAR TEXAS INDUSTRY
SUSTAINABLE.
>> I THINK THEY DO A VERY
GOOD JOB.
THEY DON'T LET ANYBODY GET AWAY
WITH SOMETHING THAT'S OBVIOUS
BREAKING THE LAW, BUT THEY UH,
THEY REALLY TRY TO WORK
WITH THE CREWS.
THEY PUT A LOT OF EFFORT
INTO IT, AND WE REALLY
APPRECIATE THAT.
(thunder)
>> BY MID-WEEK, STORMS OFFSHORE
MAKE THE SEAS TOO ROUGH
FOR BOARDING.
SO THE WARDENS DIRECT THEIR
EFFORTS INTO PORT.
>> SEAS WERE BETWEEN SIX
AND EIGHT FOOT.
SO WE'RE GOING TO GO UP INTO THE
PORT OF BROWNSVILLE, SEE IF WE
CAN'T LOCATE ANY BOATS THAT
MIGHT HAVE COME IN LAST NIGHT
THAT ARE GOING TO BE
UNLOADING SHRIMP.
THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO.
(music)
>> 10 - 2
>> THIS IS TEN FEET TWO INCHES,
AND I'M NOT EVEN STRETCHING,
OKAY?
>> WE HAD A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH
THEIR BRD, THEIR BY-CATCH
REDUCTION DEVICE...
>> OKAY REMEMBER IT'S GOT
TO BE NINE FEET OR LESS.
>> ...SO WE'RE JUST GOING TO
WRITE HIM A WARNING ON THAT.
(ticket tearing)
>> IF EDUCATION CAN FIX A
PROBLEM, THEN WE'LL EDUCATE.
IF EDUCATION IS NOT WORKING,
THEN IT'S TIME TO
ENFORCE THE LAW.
THE POINT OF OUT JOB IS NOT TO
WRITE TICKETS, IT'S CONSERVATION
AND PROTECTING THE RESOURCE.
>> ON THEIR LAST DAY,
THE WARDENS ARE CALLED TO DO
SOME GENERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.
>> BE ADVISED WE ARE ON SCENE
WITH FISHING VESSEL JESSICA ANN
IN POSITION 2-6-1-1-DECIMAL-7.
>> WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED A CALL
FROM COAST GUARD, A DISGRUNTLED
SHRIMPER ON BOARD A SHRIMP BOAT,
SO WE ARE HERE TO ASSIST
AND BACK UP THE COAST GUARD.
>> THE WARDENS BOARD AND SOON
DISCOVER SOMETHING ELSE.
>> OKAY, HE'S 99.
>> WHO'S THE ORIGINATING AGENCY?
>> ONE OF THE SHRIMP BOAT CREW
IS WANTED FOR A PAROLE
VIOLATION, SO THE BOAT IS
ESCORTED BACK TO THE DOCKS.
>> IF IT'S A PAROLE VIOLATION,
THEY'LL EXTRADITE THOSE.
>> THE SUSPECT IS HANDED OVER
TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.
>> OH YEAH, PUTS AN END
TO OUR WEEK.
GOOD CAP OFF TO IT.
>> ANOTHER FUN-FILLED WEEK
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO.
MY PASSION IS THE OCEAN.
BUT THEN AGAIN, AFTER FIVE DAYS
I'M READY TO GO HOME.
I DO ENJOY GOING HOME
TO SEE MY FAMILY.
>> THOUGH THIS WEEK'S PATROL
MAY BE OVER, THESE WARDENS
WILL BE BACK ON DUTY SOON,
GUARDING THE GULF.
>> I'M ALWAYS GOING TO VOLUNTEER
FOR IT, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE
WORK BUT BECAUSE OF THE TIME
THAT YOU SPEND WITH THE GUYS
THAT YOU WORK WITH.
I THINK THAT'S WHAT KEEPS
DRAWING US BACK TO IT.
>> I LOVE IT.
I LOVE BEING ON THE COAST,
I COULDN'T SEE MYSELF
WORKING ANYWHERE ELSE.
I COULDN'T IMAGINE A BETTER JOB.