Tag Archives: Galveston Bay

Hurricane Harvey decimates Galveston Bay’s oyster population

The storm was the latest setback to a multimillion-dollar commercial fishing and seafood-processing industry that appeared poised to finally rebound from floods, including two devastating tropical weather systems, and an extended drought in less than a decade. Shrimpers, crabbers and other fishermen who work the bay also will feel an impact. But it’s most lethal in the case of the oysters, as Harvey-spawned rains and rainwater runoff drove down the bay’s salinity to fatal levels. of 12 to 30 parts per thousand are ideal for a healthy oyster harvest in Galveston Bay, which researchers say is the nation’s most bountiful. Yet preliminary tests performed by commercial fisheries on Tuesday revealed salinity levels at 0 to 5 parts per thousand – and excessive water continues to drain into the bay. click here to read the story 15:14

2 fishermen lost at sea saved by cooler

Two fishermen survived two days at sea thanks to their trusty cooler. Michael Watkins and Raymond Jacik went missing in Galveston Bay on Monday morning after embarking on what was supposed to be a five-hour fishing trip, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The men said their 20-foot fishing boat started taking on water and a rogue wave capsized the vessel before they could even put on life jackets. “I had no time to grab anything. Nothing. No keys, no wallet, no phone,” . Read the rest here  17:44

Oyster wholesaler’s attempt to privatize over 23,000 acres of Galveston Bay could change who owns the bottom of Texas bays

At issue is a lease between Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District and , based in Smith Point, which is commonly referred to as STORM. While the two parties in the lease say the contract authorizes the wholesaler alone to harvest oysters, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and General Land Office disagree. Read the rest here 07:20