State Health Department Lifts Seafood Consumption Advisory

Today, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued the following statement lifting its temporary seafood consumption advisory issued as a consequence of the Bayport Channel Collision:

“DSHS is lifting its temporary advice that people not eat any seafood from portions of Galveston and Trinity bays following the May 10 shipping collision and chemical release. Recent water testing shows contaminants from the accident no longer present a risk to human health from consuming fish or shellfish. Private oyster harvesting in Galveston Bay will reopen effective May 25 at 10 a.m., subject to other restrictions.

A longer-term fish consumption advisory for Galveston Bay remains in effect. DSHS advises people avoid or limit eating any catfish from all of Galveston Bay and avoid or limit eating blue crab and spotted seatrout north of a line from Red Bluff Point to the Five-Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point. Additional details are in maps online (Galveston Bay Estuary – Map 1Map 2).”

The Unified Command for the Bayport Channel Collision on May 10, 2019 consists of the United States Coast Guard as Federal on Scene Coordinator, the Texas General Land Office as State on Scene Coordinator, and Kirby Inland Marine, as the vessel owner.  With the lifting of the DSHS advisory, Unified Command advises there are no further restrictions or warnings in effect that are a consequence of this event.