Carlos Reef is an important part of the habitat along the Texas coast. This was once a continuous structure from San Jose Island to Bloodworth Island. Now it serves as weakened baffle structure. It is important to maintain this reef to preserve its integrity, which is integral to the health of our fishery and the ecosystem as a whole.
Second Chain of Islands is a little more difficult to track because it is so fragmented from the passage of time, years of harvest, and the forces of nature.
Ayers Reef is one of the last 2 remaining intact barrier reefs. It is the first to accept the force of water coming out of San Antonio Bay and Espritu Santu since the Second Chain of Islands has been so greatly diminished. It must be saved through a sanctuary program.
Please take 3 quick minutes to hear what they have to say on the CRITICAL importance of the oyster reefs, specifically in Ayres, Mesquite, and Carlos Bays, of our Texas Coast!
From Texas Parks and Wildlife: “The Proposed Amendment Would Close Reefs in Ayres, Mesquite, and Carlos Bays to Oyster Harvest.”
The CCA Texas Management Committee recently approved $41,000 in funding for a 15 acre marsh cordgrass planting project on the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.