Harvesters in coastal Texas say the public oyster season is better than anticipated despite Hurricane Harvey killing some oyster populations with heavy rains.
The August hurricane dumped more than 50 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas, the Galveston County Daily News reported .
Many oysters were killed by the influx of freshwater, specifically in east Galveston Bay, said Lance Robinson, Coastal Fisheries regional director at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He said it could take several years for the populations to fully recover.
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