November marks the start of oyster season

The fall season also calls for oyster season and locals are preparing to get out on the water. November officially kicks off the season and the Texas Parks and Wildlife is reminding people of regulations for those hitting the water

“It’s a six-month-long season and there are a lot of areas open, so today, we’re just going to start checking areas that had not been checked in a while,” explains Chelsea Bailey, a Texas Game Warden.

A valid fishing license is required to be out on the water in specific oyster harvesting areas through the end of April. This includes a captain license and anyone on the boat who may be operating captures.

“We’re expecting them [licensees] to take all small oysters that don’t meet the legal length requirement to be cleaned off so that they can regrow in the next coming years,” adds Game Warden Bailey.

Each oyster must be bigger than three inches, the rest must be returned into the water.

“You can’t have any more than 5% of undersized oysters, so if there is more than that you can get a citation, and if they’ve had priors they can get higher offenses,” adds Bailey.

For a full list of regulations make sure to visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website:

https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/shellfish-regulations/oyster-regulations