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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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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