From CCA Texas Advocacy Director Shane Bonnot
We need you to help rescue our oyster reefs. Below is a quick breakdown:
The Issue: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public input on a proposed regulation change to prohibit the harvest of oysters in Carlos Bay, Mesquite Bay and Ayres Bay (Mesquite Bay Complex) permanently and temporarily within specific restoration areas.
Where We Stand: CCA Texas SUPPORTS the TPWD proposal to close the Mesquite Bay Complex to oyster harvest and the temporary closures of restoration areas in Galveston and San Antonio Bays to conserve ecologically sensitive and unique oyster habitat for future generations.
How YOU Can Help Right Now: Your action is CRUCIAL to this important effort, please join CCA Texas by taking 2 minutes to submit a vital public comment in SUPPORT of the proposal. Your public comment of SUPPORT will make a HUGE difference.
Update: TPWD Coastal Fisheries staff recently announced they’ll be hosting 3 in-person public hearings that we encourage you to attend and voice your SUPPORT of the proposal:
- Thursday, October 20 from 6:00 — 8:00 p.m. College of the Mainland, Teacher’s Auditorium, Learning Resources Building (Bldg L131), 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, Texas 77591
- Thursday, October 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler Avenue, Aransas Pass, TX 78336
- Thursday, October 20 from 6: 00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Bauer Exhibit Building at 305 Henry Barber Way, Port Lavaca, TX 77979
Our public oyster reefs need your help – please take 2 minutes to submit a vital public comment in SUPPORT of the proposal and attend one of these public hearings to speak up for the resource! There are ways to ensure a vibrant oyster fishery, while at the same time prioritizing the ecological and structural value of public oyster reefs.
You can learn more by visiting RescueOurReefs.org.