The mission of the Seafood and Aquatic Life Group is to protect the consumer from disease or other health hazards transmissible by oysters, clams, mussels and scallops and crab meat produced in or imported into Texas. The Seafood and Aquatic Life Group also protects recreational fishers from disease or contaminants found in fish and other aquatic species caught in Texas' lakes, rivers, bays or nearshore state waters. We carry out this mission by classification of shellfish growing areas, certification of molluscan shellfish shippers and crab meat processors, and testing tissue samples from fish and seafood harvesting areas.
Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) information on Vibrio Vulnificus.
New Information concerning the Neches River Basin is now posted.
You may also view the News Release (PDF 230KB) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 101KB) for Neches River Basin.
(Posted January 27, 2014)
New Information concerning the Galveston Bay Estuary is now posted.
You may also view the News Release (PDF 118KB) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 97KB) for Galveston Bay Estuary.
(Posted June 26, 2013)
New Information concerning the Gulf of Mexico is now posted.
You may also view the News Release (PDF 39KB) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 85KB) for Gulf of Mexico.
(Posted May 7, 2013)
New Information concerning shellfish, product of Korea, FDA cautions consumers against consuming.
Please see the following website for more information: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm304600.htm
The Texas Dinophysis Bloom, March 2008 slide presentation is now available on the Red Tide information page.
(Posted May 20, 2008)
Environmental and Consumer Safety Section
Seafood and Aquatic Life Group MC 1987
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Phone: (512) 834-6757
Environmental and Consumer Safety SectionSeafood and Aquatic Life Group MC 1987Texas Department of State Health Services P. O. Box 149347 Austin, Texas 78714-9347 Phone: (512) 834-6757
MAIN FAX: (512) 834-6762
(WE ONLY RECEIVE SPECIAL SERVICE DELIVERIES, SUCH AS UPS OR FEDERAL EXPRESS, AT THIS ADDRESS)
The Exchange Building
8407 Wall Street
Austin, Texas 78754
Map and directions to the Exchange Building