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Galveston, Texas Estuaries, Marshes and Fisheries

Posted: May 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Come along for a scenic tour with pictures and YouTube videos as you’ll get yet another look at what makes Galveston, Texas a special place.

Patsy B shrimp boat in Galveston

Patsy B shrimp boat in Galveston

Shrimp Boats

A common site able to be viewed in Galveston are the abundance of shrimp boats.

This is in addition to other fishing and pleasure boats in and around this aquatic wonderland.

Shrimping is a most important industry for people all along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.  For shrimpers in Galveston this is no exception.

Shrimp boats in Galveston

Shrimp boats in Galveston

In Galveston Bay three types of shrimp are caught…white, pink and brown.

Each type of shrimp seems to migrate in and out of the deeper waters of the Gulf at different times of the year.

By far the largest catch consists of the brown shrimp. Many millions of pounds of shrimp are caught annually.

Galveston shrimp boats

Galveston shrimp boats

Shrimping Industry

Shrimp is one of the most popular of seafood items eaten annually by people from all around the world.

There are farm raised ones, but those caught in the wild are generally better flavored and preferred.

Shrimp are caught in drag nets or large trawl nets in which winches can hoist the nets and the catch on board the shrimp boats.

It is hard work on the part of the people making their living by way of doing that.

This video by a Louisiana shrimper shows how it is accomplished.


Since 1989 shrimpers are required to use TEDs (Turtle excluder devices) in their nets. Prior to that sea turtles were being ensnared in these nets and many of them died as a result.

Of the five species of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico…all are endangered.

Other fish are caught as well by these nets intended to catch shrimp, but there are also some excluder devices that can be used by the shrimpers (in addition to the TEDs) to exclude the needless killing of other sea inhabitants. Sadly, some of this is an unavoidable side effect of trawling for shrimp.

Enjoying Seafood in Galveston

Commercial shrimping and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico provides income for many a family.  Fully 1/3rd of all the seafood caught in the Gulf comes through Galveston.

If you are hungry for some good shrimp or seafood, Galveston, Texas has some wonderful seafood restaurants serving up those deliciously prepared delicacies. The seafood is certainly fresh!

If you are there at the right time of year, perhaps you can even enjoy the Shrimp Festival in Galveston held in the Fall.

Pelicans in Galveston waters

Pelicans in Galveston waters

Shellbelly boat in Galveston

Shellbelly boat in Galveston

Fishing in Galveston

Recreational fishing is a huge pastime for residents of Galveston, Texas as well as for tourists visiting the area.

There are 162 species of fish found in the Gulf of Mexico waters.

Many people have their own boats in or near Galveston. In fact from what I have read Galveston has the third largest concentration of recreational boats in all of the United States.

That is a lot of boats!

Our artist buddy and friend Charles Criner spends much of his leisure time fishing and he has created some wonderful pieces of art based upon that pastime.

Estuaries and Marshlands

The estuaries and marshlands as well as tidal creek areas around Galveston provide needed shelter for sea-life as it emerges into larger specimens that then migrate out into the open waters.

Driving down Interstate Highway 45 before going over the bridge to the island, one passes many of these important marshy areas.

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas


Many people also like to go crabbing around Galveston as well as catching fish.

This can be a fun family leisure activity as well as providing fresh and tasty crabs for the dinner table that day.

Blue crabs are the primary ones found in this location.

If crabbing is right up your alley…have fun watching this video.


For those individuals who enjoy eating fresh and briny tasting oysters, you will be happy to see this next video about some of the restoration efforts taking place in re-establishing oyster habitats in the Gulf.

There is so much more to Galveston than merely its beaches, historical homes, churches, medical school and many tourist attractions.  I’ll be delving into more of those aspects in other posts.