Upper Coast Oyster Waters

Bacteria concentrations are sometimes elevated in six bays in the Houston-Galveston area. Restricted areas are closed to the harvesting of shellfish for direct marketing. Microorganisms from human and animal waste may contaminate oysters and other shellfish, making them unsafe to eat, especially since some shellfish are eaten raw. A TMDL study was completed for the oyster water of the upper Texas Coast in 2008. The TCEQ has contracted with the Galveston Bay Foundation to undertake stakeholder involvement and the development of a plan to reduce the amount of bacteria entering the oyster waters. H-GAC has provided data, support and participation to this effort.

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