Note: This item is more than four years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references.
Oct. 30, 2009
Texas Delaying Oyster Season Opening In Some Areas
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas oyster season will open Nov. 1, but due to health risks there will be several areas closed to harvest. Recent heavy rains statewide and red tide events on the lower Texas coast prompted the Texas Department of State Health Services to issue closure notices for some shellfish harvesting areas, including the Galveston Bay area.
In addition to the delay, East Galveston Bay will remain closed for two years to bolster oyster reef recovery from Hurricane Ike damage.
Oystermen are reminded closure violations now carry stiffer penalties as a result of actions taken during the 80th Legislature to further deter harvest of oysters in closed waters. New laws require that everyone on board a harvesting vessel in violation of a closure be charged instead of only the vessel captain. The penalty is a fine of not less than $500 or more than $4,000 and up to a year in jail or both.
Texas game wardens patrol the state’s bays and estuaries to protect consumers by ensuring that oysters are not harvested from unapproved areas that could be a health risk.
Specific area closures can be obtained by contacting the Texas Department of State Health Service at 800-685-0361 or any TPWD coastal area office.
On the Net:
Publication — Permission is granted to publish, in whole or in part, any news releases on this page.
Print — A print-friendly version of the news release shows only the release with font sizes set to the browser default.
Plain Text — Plain text versions of TPWD news releases are provided for copying and pasting into editing software.
To copy text into an editing software:
- Click a Plain Text link to display the plain text page in your browser.
- Select all.
- Paste in a document in your editing program.
Permalink — This is a direct link to the news release, omitting the navigation context from the URI.
English/Spanish — News releases posted in both English and Spanish have one of these links.
If you have any suggestions for improving these pages, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Plain Text Pages.