GALVESTON  — The Texas oyster industry is in the middle of a turf war. What’s at stake is one company’s claim to some 23,000 acres of land at the bottom of Galveston Bay.

Oysterman Tracy Woody knew his company’s effort to purchase the exclusive right to dredge what are now mostly public oyster reefs would create an upheaval, so he named it accordingly.

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Roy Hughes

You gave me a wonderful idea! I am going to buy the land underneath the Gulf of Mexico out stopping at the point where International waters start. I will then charge everyone who goes in the water swimming a fee. I will also charge all ships who cross my land, all sailboats, etc. In addition, should your shrimp boat need to cross my land to get to you spot you will be assessed a fee, as well. I will be wealthy off of God's given ocean. Yea, this is crazy just like you leasing the land below the bay.[wink]

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