Oysters in our Bays

The Rockport area is known for oyster harvesting, and it is coming back after Hurricane Harvey’s damaging effects. Our friends at the Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M are working to spread the word about oysters’ beneficial attributes. And they are backing up their message with action. The Oyster Reef Restoration program aims to ensure our bays are oyster-abundant. So why are oysters important to anglers? Oyster reefs are the major habitat for sportsfish, help support the shoreline, and keep the water filtered. The fact they taste great is just a bonus. It is important to ensure you are steering clear of oyster reefs while boating and fishing. Not only are they rough on your vessel, your boat can damage these important reefs. If you’re interested in “fishing” for your own oysters, be sure to check out the regulations.

Desal Plant Meeting Follow Up

FlatsWorthy hosted a Public Meeting on Wednesday, September 25th, about the proposed desalination plants at Harbor Island and Ingleside. Greg Stunz is the Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health, Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, and Professor of Marine Biology at Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Brad Erisman is the Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology at Marine Science Institute, University of Texas at Austin. Drs. Stunz and Erisman both believe desalination is an inevitability. We simply don’t have the water necessary for the industry coming to our area or to accommodate the growth of the Coastal Bend. They provided the crowd with the science behind the tidal flats and spawning and migration. They also talked about areas where the science is still lacking. It was informative and science-based. There were representatives from many community organizations and government organizations in attendance along with many concerned citizens. The question and answer session afterward was also informative. The entire video can be found on our Facebook page. The video runs approximately 90 minutes, so bookmark it. Here are some of the links provided at the meeting, along with a Who to Contact provided by our friends at Port Aransas Conservancy. Lab Website http://fisheries.utexas.edu Gulf Spawning Aggregationhttp://geo.gcoos.org/restore Marine Science Literature for Desalination and Channel Deepening Projectshttps://www.utmsi.utexas.edu

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