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Texas Oyster Season Opens

My first Texas oysters of the season came from “south of Corpus Christi” according to the waiter at Denis’ Seafood on I-10 in Houston. I assume he meant Corpus Christi Bay, which is indeed just south of the city named for the body of Christ. The oysters were surprisingly fat for early November. “Last year we got most of our oysters from Louisiana,” the waiter said. I was charged $6.99 for half a dozen.


Matagorda Bay, Espiritu Santo Bay, San Antonio Bay and Corpus Christi Bay will probably outproduce Galveston Bay this year. Galveston Bay is still recovering from hurricane Ike and subsequent efforts to rebuild some reefs. The southerly bays are shallower and most of the oystermen down there use small skiffs instead of big Galveston style oyster lugs, so oystering takes a lot longer.

Exactly what’s going on in the oyster business across the Gulf will be a frequent topic on this blog for the next couple of months leading up to the big Foodways Texas Symposium at the Texas A&M campus on Galveston Island in late February.

So stay tuned.

4 comments to Texas Oyster Season Opens

  • Red

    How much more do you think we will have to pay this year over last year per dozen? When do you expect to see stable prices that will be fairly common in Houston seafood places?

  • kerr.

    Airline Seafood on Richmond has been selling Prince Edward Island oysters for $14.50/dozen. They’ve been fantastic.

  • Moses

    Had a dozen the other day at Danton’s for $10.95, which the waiter said were from Galveston Bay. They were huge. Very good, but not quite great. Lacking a little flavor bite but they were close. But pretty impressive for early November.

  • Richard Bosart

    My dad and I used to harvest oysters in Powderhorn Lake at Indianola back in the 60’s. I would like to know if the area is still open to harvesting and who to contact.

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