TPWD Closing Oyster Harvest Area in Matagorda Bay

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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-11 in Matagorda Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.

This closure is based on samples recently collected by TPWD showing low abundance of legal-sized oysters. TPWD has worked with the oyster industry to develop criteria for closing areas to harvest. The criteria include parameters for oysters when they fall below certain thresholds based on the abundance oysters three inches or greater.

TPWD will continue to monitor all areas currently closed to harvest and will reopen them when they meet criteria thresholds.

A map showing oyster harvesting areas as well as the most up-to-date status information on each area can be found on the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website.