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Rollover Pass Closure underway.

TX - Popular Rollover Pass passing quickly into history

GILCHRIST, Texas (AP) — The last fish are leaving Rollover Pass.

Four months after the Texas General Land Office began filling in the popular fishing site with sand and dirt, the pass’ last residents are being targeted for removal.

Crews from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department used nets to gather fish, crabs and other marine life from shallow pools of muddy water in the newly filled north side of the pass.

The removal work is among the more unusual aspects of the sometimes controversial project, which has been the target of lawsuits and protesters who argue the popular fishing spot should have been left open. Despite those objections, work has continued steadily and without any major interruptions for nearly four months.

One of the things that could slow the work is the presence of animals in the construction site. The land office is required to safely remove marine life found in the construction site and place them in a safe location, officials said.

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