Cedar Bayou Day

Press Release
Cedar Bayou Day

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Texas members got a firsthand look at coastal waters that are flourishing after the reopening of a historic fish pass during a trip to Cedar Bayou May 2. Harte Research Institute (HRI) Fisheries and Ocean Health master’s student Quentin Hall coordinated the event, which included CCA Texas Assistant Directors John Blaha and Drew Adams, along with chapter members from across the state.

Hall demonstrated HRI’s work to monitor changes in the environment post-opening. That includes using acoustic telemetry to determine whether adult Red Drum are migrating through Cedar Bayou, and monitoring the abundance of fish and crustaceans in the area. Attendees saw an enlivened environment that attracted more birds and marine life, and with that, many more recreational fishermen and charter guides.

Cedar Bayou, closed for decades after the 1979 Ixtoc I blowout in the Bay of Campeche sent oil to Texas shores, was reopened in September 2014. The project was funded with the help of Aransas County, CCA Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas General Land Office and private donations. Thanks to the HRI support staff for facilitating this trip.

PHOTO: HRI master’s student Quentin Hall hands out information to CCA Texas members at Cedar Bayou Day.
VIDEO: Cedar Bayou Day with CCA