Bays and Estuaries

Texas bays and estuaries are some of the most biologically productive places in the marine environment. Most of the fish and invertebrate species people are familiar with spend large parts of their sub-adult periods in the sea grass areas or near the shorelines. The wetlands areas are also sources of food and protection for shore birds, small mammals, and terrestrial invertebrates like crabs. Artificial reefs in both bays and offshore provide food and protection functions similar to wetlands on shore.

Information about locations (either maps or more general area locations), species abundance and access points along the coast are provided by the Beach and Bay Access maps and the Minor Bays Fish Abundance database. Both of these tools are intended to assist anglers or boaters in locating launch points and likely areas to catch various fish.


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