November 1st brings the start of oyster season on the Texas Gulf Coast. If you’re planning on taking your boat out to harvest some this season, there are some things you’ll need to know.
A valid fishing license with saltwater endorsement is required. You can harvest for your own consumption, but if you only hold a recreational license, you cannot sell the oysters. You can harvest by hand, using tongs or using an oyster dredge of no more than 14 inches in width. However, if you elect to use tongs or a dredge, you’ll need to purchase a Sport Oyster Boat commercial fishing license. There are size and volume requirements to consider as well.
There are many areas that are off-limits for oyster harvesting, so make sure to check out the maps on the Texas Department of State Health services website here. You’ll also want to pay close attention to avoid marked private lease areas. Once you have your haul, don’t forget to wash down your boat before storing it. Big Item Storage’s customers can do so conveniently at our washing station.
Oyster season along the Texas Gulf Coast runs Monday through Friday from November 1st through April 30th and from sunrise to 3:30 p.m. For more information on oyster harvesting and to state check regulations and requirements, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission here.
Whether you’re storing your boat, RV, or other large items, Big Item Storage can accommodate your needs. Both our Rockport and Corpus Christi locations are clean and secure. For more information or to reserve your spot, check out our website here or call us at 361-937-2423 (Corpus) or 361-238-7177 (Rockport).