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Galveston Bay Sustainable Oyster Reef Restoration

Implementing Organization

The Nature Conservancy of Texas


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Funding Program

NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund GEBF


Project Category


Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources


Project Description

This project will restore 40 acres of degraded oyster reef habitat in the upper portion of Galveston Bay using high vertical relief structures and segmented reef complexes. Recent hurricanes devastated these critical oyster grounds which are vital to the Galveston Bay ecosystem. Additionally, this project will create one of the largest oyster sanctuaries in coastal Texas. The 15 acres restricted to harvest will be used to maximize the export of oyster larvae to the nearby 25 acres of commercial reefs created by this investment. The commercially harvestable acres will be restricted from harvest for the first two years after construction to ensure the establishment of a sustainable stock.


Mark Dumesnil
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Project Partners

Galveston Bay Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Affiliated Institutions


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