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Can Galveston Bay’s Oyster Industry Survive Another Disaster?

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a disaster declaration for Galveston Bay’s oyster industry, after a second consecutive year of crops being devastated by freshwater runoff from excessive rains. The declaration is the first step in helping oyster business owners – and the fishermen who work for them – get financial assistance from the […]

Oysters harvested from Galveston Bay, shown on June 23, 2016. (Photo: Paige Phelps, Houston Public Media)Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a disaster declaration for Galveston Bay’s oyster industry, after a second consecutive year of crops being devastated by freshwater runoff from excessive rains. The declaration is the first step in helping oyster business owners – and the fishermen who work for them – get financial assistance from the state and federal government.

But after a long sequence of disasters – like Hurricane Ike, algae, red tide and drought – will the industry survive?

Paige Phelps visited Galveston and San Leon to find out, and she spoke with Judge Henry and Raz Halili of Prestige Oysters.

(Above: Oysters harvested from Galveston Bay, shown on June 23, 2016. Photo: Paige Phelps, Houston Public Media)

MORE: Galveston County Declares Oyster Disaster (Houston Chronicle, June 14, 2016)

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