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Texas oyster reefs are a critical component of the natural landscape, providing important services for our bay systems and coastline.

While resilient, the oyster fishery has limitations and we must be proactive in our efforts to improve its sustainability and promote reef growth. To achieve this, we need to prioritize the ecological and structural value of oysters in the water including safeguarding existing reefs and creating new ones. The oyster is so much more than just a fishery; it is a crucial foundational component of our bays’ ecosystem – healthy oyster reefs mean a strong and sustainable coastline now and in the future. Help us advocate for a more sustainable oyster fishery by sharing information from this page and constructively engaging with policy makers.

Shane Bonnot
Advocacy Director, CCA Texas

CCA Texas Taking Action

CCA Texas, FlatsWorthy and numerous committed conservation groups took an important first step in addressing critical concerns with the continued decline of public oyster reefs in a letter to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The letter is the beginning of a broader and crucial dialogue necessary to:

  • Prioritize the STRUCTURAL value of reefs
  • Prioritize the ECOLOGICAL value of reefs
  • Provide opportunities to SAFEGUARD more reef systems
  • Provide opportunities to CREATE more reef systems

Taking action will ultimately lead to a healthier oyster fishery.

Read the Full Letter Here

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Oyster Updates

Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast – Episode 35: Oyster Mariculture

By | Oysters, Podcasts

Dr. Fox is Chair for Marine Resource Development at Harte Research Institute and Brad is the president and founder of Water Street Restaurants. Both of these dudes are passionate about oysters and are working with numerous partners (including CCA Texas) to bring a new industry to the Texas Coast – Oyster Mariculture. Special thanks to the Texas Restaurant Association, Representative Todd Hunter, and Senator Lois Kolkhorst for championing this legislation. Have a listen to learn more.