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$3.5M man-made oyster reef to be built in Galveston Bay


November 16, 2018

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Environmentalists plan to build a $3.5 million man-made oyster reef in Galveston Bay as part of an effort to preserve Texas' oyster population, which is on the brink of extinction.

The Nature Conservancy announced Wednesday that construction on the 50-acre Galveston Bay reef will begin this winter, the Houston Chronicle reported. Oyster harvests in the bay decreased 88 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to a recent report by the Virginia-based environmental group.

Oysters have struggled to build reefs on their own in the area because of overfishing, hurrican...

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