Red Tide Bloom to Affect Oyster Harvesting Season

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Friday, October 28, 2011 - 7:55am

TEXAS - The Department of State Health Services announced that the oyster industry will take a hit from the Red Tide bloom.

The announcement bans both commercial and recreational harvesting of oysters, clams and muscles on Wednesday because of the Red Tide bloom. The Red Tide algae bloom can be harmful to humans due to a toxin that can lead to shellfish poisoning. Next week marks the beginning of oyster harvesting season in Texas and continues throughout April. The concentration of Red Tide bloom will determine if and when the ban is lifted. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, this is the largest Red Tide along the coast in over a decade.

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