At its March 23-24 meeting, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider prohibiting the harvest of oysters in Carlos Bay, Mesquite Bay, and Ayres Bay. The closure to oyster harvest would protect ecologically sensitive and unique oyster habitat from the negative biological impacts of increased harvest pressure. Per TPWD, the ecological importance and sensitivity of these oyster reefs coupled with the historically high harvest pressure and highly variable oyster relative abundance makes this minor bay complex a candidate for permanent closure from harvest. Please stay alert for opportunities for public comment prior to and during the next TPWC meeting. Texas BHA will provide updates across all our social media platforms. You can read about the proposal by clicking here.
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