The beginning of November brings oyster season to the Texas Gulf Coast for both commercial and recreational harvesters. This year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has adopted new rules for the season. These rules were implemented to fulfill several functions, including recovery of and efficiency in utilizing oyster resources, as well as providing a more stable price structure for commercial harvests.
Beginning November 1st, commercial harvesters are limited to possession of thirty sacks per day. Additionally, the amount of undersized oysters allowed has been reduced to five percent, and commercial harvesting can no longer take place on Saturdays. To see what areas will be open for harvesting this season, please refer to the website here.
You may take oysters for personal use as food, but you may not sell them if you’re operating under a recreational license for personal use. The proper paperwork to harvest oysters is a valid fishing license with a saltwater endorsement. If you’re using tongs or a dredge, you must hold a sport oyster boat license. Also, make sure you’re harvesting from approved waters and that if you remove oysters from private leases, you have permission.
Oyster season opens at sunrise on November 1, 2017 and closes at 3:30 p.m. on April 30, 2018. For more information on oyster harvesting and to state check regulations and requirements, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission here. Even if you’ve harvested previously, it’s a good idea to check out the new regulations and size requirements.
Whether you’re fishing this weekend or enjoying other activities, let Boat Stop Storage’s Rockport or Corpus Christi locations keep your boat safe and protected. For more information or to reserve your spot, check out our website here or call us at 361-937-2423 (Corpus) or 361-238-7177 (Rockport).