Oyster reef restoration to get underway

Restoration projects are about to get started that will bolster Texas’ record low oyster population.

The Nature Conservancy is behind the effort in Galveston and Copano Bay, Regional Director Laura Huffman explains why the projects are necessary.

“Up to 85 percent of the reefs have been decimated. They are one of the basic ecological building blocks for the Gulf,” Huffman explained.

The projects will cost money, but Huffman says you're not paying for it.

“This will come from oil spill money,” she explained. “This is a silver lining from a very bad story.”

The project starts this winter and could see oysters being harvested by 2021.


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