Fear Not the Red Tide, and Go Eat Some Oysters

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The oystermen of Galveston Bay can't get a break. First the Texas drought raised the salinity of the water they fished, then changes to water rights regulations threatened to keep it there. Now they're unable to harvest until otherwise notified.

Yesterday the Texas Department of State Health Services issued a press release announcing that oyster harvesting in all Texas coastal waters is closed due to red tide, an algal bloom of Karenia brevis. The ban will remain in place till DSHS determines shellfish from the waters is safe.

Area restaurants are nervous, too. My inbox is flooded with emails explaining the sourcing of every bit of seafood they serve. To be clear, the ban does not effect all seafood harvested from Texas' shores. "Seafood such as shrimp, finfish, crabs or commercial seafood products from other states or countries" are still perfectly safe, according to the DSHS.

Oysters from elsewhere in the Gulf are fine, too. Herb Story over at S&D Oyster Company is serving Louisiana oysters at the moment, so don't let the DSHS ban stop you from joining them for lunch. And TJ's Seafood Market is all east coast right now. They've currently got some barnstables, a chubby little number all the way from the coast of Massachusetts.

Bottom line: Don't let a little red tide curb your seafood consumption. Just ask your restaurants and markets where they're sourcing there ingredients and order accordingly.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.