Texas Parks and Wildlife Code Sec. § 76.302 Research Program (a) The department shall conduct continuous research and study of: (1) the supply, economic value, environment, and reproductive characteristics of the various economically important species of oysters; (2) factors affecting the increase or decrease in oyster stocks in both an annual and long-term cycle; (3) the use and effectiveness of dredges and other devices for the taking of oysters; (4) industrial and other pollution of the water naturally frequented by oysters; (5) statistical information gathered by the department on the marketing, harvesting, processing, and taking of oysters; (6) environmental parameters in areas in which oysters may be found that may serve as limiting factors of oyster population abundance; (7) other factors that, based on the best scientific information available, may affect the health and well-being of the economically important oyster resources; and (8) alternative management measures for oysters that may be considered for implementation in the management regime. (b) The research may be conducted by the department or an agency designated by the department. Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 633, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1985.