TPWD News Release — Jan. 15, 2016
These closures are based on samples collected by the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and in consultation with the Oyster Advisory Workgroup, a group of Texas commercial oyster fishermen and dealers. TPWD and the Oyster Advisory Workgroup have established criteria based on the abundance of market-sized oysters (≥ 3 inches) and the percentage of small oysters (2-2.9 inches) for determining when an area should be closed.
“These areas have fairly large populations of small and juvenile oysters but the numbers of legal oysters are very limited,” says TPWD’s Coastal Fisheries Deputy Division Director Lance Robinson.
“These closures are designed to provide some protection to undersize oysters so they can reach legal sizes,” said Robinson. “These areas will be closely monitored by TPWD and will reopen when criteria thresholds are met.”
Maps showing these areas can be found on the Department of State Health Services web site (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/seafood/default.aspx).