Texas Parks and Wildlife Code

Sec. § 76.101
Oyster Licenses Required


(a)

No person may take or attempt to take oysters from the public water of this state for noncommercial use by the use of a dredge or tongs without first having acquired a sport oyster boat license from the department.

(b)

No person may take or attempt to take oysters from the public water of this state, without the use of a boat, for pay or for the purpose of sale, barter, or exchange or any other commercial purpose without first having acquired from the department a commercial oyster fisherman’s license.

(c)

No person may take or attempt to take oysters from the public water of this state by the use of a dredge, tongs, or other mechanical means, or by the use of a boat or other vessel for pay, or for the purpose of sale, barter, or exchange or any other commercial purpose without first having acquired from the department a commercial oyster boat license.

(d)

Each member of the crew of a licensed commercial oyster boat is required to have a general commercial fisherman’s license to take oysters while they are on a licensed boat that is being used to take oysters.

(e)

The captain and each crew member of a licensed commercial oyster boat, each person on a licensed sport oyster boat, and each person oystering under a commercial oyster fisherman’s license must possess and produce on request to any enforcement officer proof of the person’s identity.

(f)

The captain of a commercial oyster boat must hold a valid commercial oyster boat captain’s license to operate a commercial oyster boat while taking or attempting to take oysters from the public water of this state.
Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1405, ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 255, Sec. 2, eff. July 31, 1989; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 365, Sec. 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.
Amended by:
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 687 (H.B. 51), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017.
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