More oyster reefs could help fight erosion on Texas coast

Staff Writer

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in the past 10 years has built more than 400 acres of oyster reef off the coast — multimillion dollar projects intended to jump start the harvest of oysters, particularly after hurricanes and drought devastated the resource.
Now, Texas could start approving and funding plans to build reefs closer to the shoreline, which scientists argue would help combat coastal erosion.
The Galveston County Daily News reports such projects have been done in Louisiana and North Carolina, and on a smaller scale by nonprofit groups locally, such as the Galveston Bay Foundation, which in 2014 started building an oyster reef in Sweetwater Preserve in Galveston...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition