Extended Results on Optimal Investment Strategies in Shrimp Fishing. R. L. Sielken, Jr., R.G. Thompson and R.R. Wilson. December 1972. 27 pages. $1. TAMU-SG-72-211. NTIS-73-10155.
A method of obtaining optimal investment strategies for shrimp fishermen is developed and illustrated in this report. It is designed to enable shrimp fishermen with a given amount of capital to obtain guidelines for financial decision making. Basis for the method is a deterministic optimal control model of a shrimp fishing firm. This model is explained. Parameters and initial stated values which characterize the environment in which the shrimp fishing firm is assumed to be operating are defined and discussed.


Marketing Research. Dewayne Hollin. April 1973. 4 pages. TAMU-SG-73-502.
This bulletin provides for owners and managers of marine-related small businesses a discussion of six basic marketing research procedures: problem definition, preliminary investigation, research planning, information collection, in-formation interpretation, and decision making. A list of free publications with marketing research suggestions is included.


An Evaluation of a Proposed Solution for the Marine Insurance Problems of the Texas Shrimping Industry. Wayne E. Etter. August 1974. 41 pages. $2. TAMU-SG-74-202. NTIS-COM-74-10181.
This publication is the text of an address by Richard I. Hos-kins, Gulf Oil Company Vice President for Marine Operations, which was delivered May 10, 1974, at the Licensing, Commissioning and Awards Ceremony of the Texas Maritime Academy of the Texas A&M University Moody College of Marine Sciences and Maritime Resources.

Financial Planning for the Texas Port System. Wayne E. Etter and Robert C. Graham. March 1974. 81 pages. $3. TAMU-SG-74-210. NTIS-COM-74-11429/AS.
This study evaluates the ability of seven Texas ports to secure sufficient funds to finance needed capital improvements. Port financial projections are presented through 1990 and governmental powers of the Texas ports are reviewed. Present sources of funds are surveyed and the possibility of future state support for port system development is considered.

Planning Business Expansion. Dewayne Hollin. December 1973. 4 pages. TAMU-SG-74-501.
This bulletin provides owners of marine-related industries with factors to be considered in planning an expansion of their businesses and gives representative examples of marine-related industrial firms experiencing expansion. A list of publications with additional information on business expansion is included.


Utilization of Finfishes Caught Incidental to Shrimp Trawling in the Western Gulf of Mexico, Part II: Evaluation of Costs. John P. Nichols, Melvin Cross, Vito Blomo and Wade L. Griffin. January 1975. 42 pages. $2. TAMU-SG-76-203. NTIS-PB-251-192/AS.
This report presents estimates of the cost of operating several alternative systems for holding and landing finfish caught incidental to shrimp trawling operations. Freezer units, brine immersion tanks, an on-board fish meal plant, an extra crew member and a mother-ship concept are the systems evaluated. Break-even prices are estimated that would be necessary to cover operating costs and a 10 percent return on investment.


Marine Products Liability. Ed Bluestein, Jr. and Charles E. Hayden. October 1976. 8 pages. TAMU-SG-77-501.
Products liability is the legal liability in damages of those who deal in products or services which, when defectively made or rendered, injure the person or property of those who use or are otherwise affected by them. Two aspects of marine products liability are examined in this advisory bulletin: products liability law and products liability loss control.


Maritime Law and the Small Boatowner. Leonard C. Jacques. June 1978. 8 pages. TAMU-SG-78-501.
This marine advisory bulletin is a reprint of a two-part article which appeared in the May/June and July/August 1977 issues of Case and Comment magazine. The article is designed not only for the land-locked lawyer but also for the consumer in need of legal advice in maritime matters. Areas examined through case studies include purchase and sale of boats, co-ownership, maritime liens, governmental regulation, insurance, maritime torts, liability, chartering of boats, rules of the road, boat safety laws and salvage. A checklist providing advice to boatowners concludes the eight-page bulletin.


Vessel Long-Term Financing. Dave S. Miller. April 1979. 12 pages. TAMU-SG-79-502.
This marine advisory bulletin is based on a talk presented at a marine industry management workshop in Corpus Christi during March 1979. It provides an in-depth look at five alter-natives to financing a million dollar vessel: bank debt. Title XI financing, commercial finance company, privately placed long-term debt, and leasing. The bulletin is supplemented by six pages of tables which evaluate and compare these alternatives according to terms and conditions of each, tax effects, closing costs, negotiation processes, depreciation, repayment schedules, prepayment penalties, restrictive covenants, vessel ownership and total cash outflow.


Marine Offshore Outlook-1983. Dewayne Hollin (comp.). June 1983. 26 pages. $5. TAMU-SG-83-504. NTIS-PB-83-216-630.
Discussions at the 1983 Marine/Offshore Industry Outlook Conference in Houston, Texas, are summarized. This yearly conference, sponsored by the Texas A&M University Sea Grant College Program and the Marine Services Association of Texas, is one of the most popular seminars offered to the industry. Topics at the 1983 meeting included market supply and demand, regulatory problems and trends, technological developments, labor availability, financial trends and special problems and opportunities in today's marine/offshore industries. Included in the summary are remarks from G. Allen Brooks, vice president, Offshore Data Services, Inc.; Damon B. Bankston, president, Tidewater, Inc.; I.R. Foster, Jr., senior vice president, McDermott Marine Engineering, McDermott Inc.; John R. Huff, president, Western Oceanic, Inc.; J. Wesley Rogers, president, Oceaneering International, Inc.; David S. Holland, senior vice president, exploration, Pennzoil Exploration and Production Company; Frank J. Iarossi, president, Exxon Shipping Company; Lester V. Martin, general manager, Todd Shipyards Corporation, Galveston Division; and R. Jere Shopf, president, Halter Marine, Inc.


Marine Offshore Outlook-1984. Dewayne Hollin (comp.). June 1984. 24 pages. $5. TAMU-SG-84-509.
This is an executive summary of what industry experts were saying in the first part of 1984 about industry problems and trends in market supply and demand, regulatory problems and trends, technological developments, labor availability, and financial trends. The discussions were part of the 1984 Marine/Offshore Industry Outlook Conference in Houston, Texas. This conference, sponsored by the Texas A&M University Sea Grant College Program and the Marine Services Association of Texas, looked at trends through 1986. Included in the summary are remarks from Robert G. Burke, Offshore Magazine; K.W. Waldorf, Zapata Offshore Company; Ogden Thomas, Jr., Seahorse, Inc.; Herb F. Hamilton, Raymond Offshore Constructors, Inc.; John V. Harter, Taylor Diving and Salvage Co., Inc.; B.S. Flowers, Shell Offshore, Inc.; Robert E. Bradbury, Marathon Marine Engineering Co.; Berdon Lawrence, Hollywood Marine, Inc.; Neal S. Platzer, Platzer Shipyard, Inc.; and James G. Tompkins, III, Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc.


Marine Offshore Outlook-1985. Dewayne Hollin (comp.). April 1985. 33 pages. $5. TAMU-SG-85-502.
Remarks presented by top executives at the 1985 Marine/Offshore Industry Outlook Conference are summarized here. A panel previewed the market for marine and offshore equipment operators, and a second panel summarized the outlook for offshore and marine equipment builders, repairers and support service industries. Equipment operator panelists were William E. Chiles, Chiles Drilling Co.; Dr. Philip Oxley, Tenneco Oil Exploration and Production; Joseph H. Pyne, Dixie Carriers, Inc.; and Kenneth W. Waldorf, Zapata Gulf Marine Corporation. Members of the second panel were Carl A. Wendenburg, Marathon LeTourneau Offshore Co.; Bruce Gilman, Sonat Subsea Service, Inc.; John Dane, III, Moss Point Marine, Inc.; and A.B. Crossman, Brown and Root International, Inc.


Fishing Tournament Information and Retrieval System Manual. Raymond L. Bartley. September 1985. 62 pages. $5. TAMU-SG-86-603.
This manual accompanies the Fishing Tournament Information and Retrieval System (FTIRS), a generic tournament software program that computerizes the record-keeping functions of fishing tournaments, both salt and freshwater. The software can be used to develop background marketing information and produce a list and mailing labels for promoting future tournaments. The software can also be tailored to individual tournaments. The manual is written in simple, understandable form for individuals without computer or programming experience. Persons interested in the software should first read this manual to learn the software's capabilities and insure hardware compatibility. A detachable software order form is included in each manual. Important: to ensure hardware compatibility, persons should read through and complete the form before ordering the system software.


1988 Directory of Texas Shipyards. Dewayne Hollin, compiler. June 1988. 11 pages. TAMU-SG-88-605.
Organized by port/city, this directory lists nearly 70 shipyards with facilities ranging from small to huge. Entries list address, phone number, management, services, facilities, and specializations where appropriate.


The Texas Shrimp Industry: A Briefing Report. Michael G. Haby and Richard E. Tillman. July 1992. 18 pp, 26 charts. TAMU-SG-92-501.
Today's commercial lenders require more information in evaluating loan requests than ever before. This occasionally presents a problem in the shrimp processing and marketing industry, where the information base for commercial fisheries is small and fragmented when compared with other sectors. This report summarizes current trends and conditions, and compares 1991 data with those of prior years. It describes contemporary operational practices of shoreside facilities, and assesses inventory values based on fluctuating prices. Specifically, the report focuses on the two broad areas of production history from both long- and short-term viewpoints and marketing conditions confronting processing interests.