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Massive Oyster Restoration Slated for Galveston Bay

By April 12, 2012 News

Massive Oyster Restoration Slated for Galveston Bay

Governor Perry approves $3.2 million for oyster enhancement project

Houston, Texas – After months of process and effort, Governor Rick Perry has submitted a $3.2 million Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) grant project to US Fish and Wildlife for final approval. This grant request was created by CCA Texas in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). CCA Texas has pledged an additional $500,000 to increase the scope of this enormous reefing project.

“Clearly, this is a high impact project,” said Mark Ray, Chairman of CCA Texas. “We applaud Governor Perry for his support and vision in this effort and look forward to the next steps.”

After Hurricane Ike, more than 8,000 acres of oyster reef were destroyed in the Galveston Bay system. CCA Texas partnered with TPWD, key academic leaders and the oyster industry to create this unique plan for Galveston Bay oyster restoration. The project will restore in excess of 100 acres of oyster reefs in Galveston’s popular East Bay.

“Among Galveston Bay anglers, East Bay has always been known for its thriving and productive oyster reefs,” said Robby Byers, CCA Texas Executive Director. “Our hope is that this project will be another step in improving the health and productivity of the Galveston Bay complex.”

CCA Texas’ Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow program has funded more than $400,000 near-shore reef projects and has pledged an additional $500,000 for this enormous reef creation effort.

“The Governor’s approval is a critical step in getting final funding for this important project,” said Ray. “We all know how tenuous federal and state budgets are right now and it is critical that this project goes to completion.”

CCA Texas’ Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow program (HTFT) provides much-needed funds for the restoration and enhancement of coastal marine habitats. The program has supported marsh grass enhancement projects, inshore and offshore reef creation and vital estuary restoration that span from Port Mansfield to Sabine. Through CCA Texas’ successful fundraising and membership efforts, HTFT has grown to become one of the largest programs of its kind.