Galveston Bay reopened to oyster harvesting

May 21, 2010 12:44:41 PM PDT
The Texas Department of State Health Services has lifted its closure of Galveston Bay waters after oyster and water test results indicated safe oyster harvesting could be resumed. Last month DSHS had temporarily closed most Texas coastal waters to the harvesting of shellfish after DSHS crews found elevated levels of the Dinophysis organism entering Texas bays from offshore waters. The levels indicated an algal bloom was occurring, creating the potential for the presence of toxins in some shellfish.

Levels taken recently from waters along the Texas coast show no continued threat from the Dinophysis organism.

The public oyster season ended April 30 in Texas. Harvesting is only allowed on private oyster leases in Galveston Bay.