AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-12 in Matagorda Bay and TX-5 in Galveston Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.
This closing 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 of legal-sized oysters (3 inches or greater) and the percentage of small oysters (2-2.9 inches).
All areas currently closed to harvest will continue to be monitored by TPWD and will reopen when criteria thresholds are met. As of Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 these areas will be open to public oyster harvest:
Corpus Christi Bay
Lower Laguna Madre
TX- 29 (oyster harvest is open from south of a line beginning at 28º06’ 52.19″, 96º 55’ 32.52″ (28.11450º N, -96.92570° W) and ending at 28° 06’ 38.19″, 96° 53’ 17.41″ (28.11061° N, -96.88817° W)
A map showing oyster harvesting areas can be found on the Department of State Health Services website https://www.dshs.texas.gov/seafood/shellfish-harvest-maps.aspx.