What We Do
The mission of the Seafood and Aquatic Life Group is to protect consumers from contaminants, disease or other health hazards transmissible or found in fish and shellfish. We perform the following functions to this end:
- Certification of Molluscan Shellfish Shippers
- Licensing of Crab Meat Processors
- Approval of Imported Processed Crab Meat
- Fish Consumption Advisories and Bans for Public Waters
- Designation of Shellfish Harvesting Areas
Local and county health departments are typically the first source of information for licensing and certification of seafood related activities within their jurisdictions. We recommend contacting these entities before contacting the DSHS Foods Group or Retail Food Establishments Group (listed below). When a county or municipality does not have a health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services has jurisdiction over these areas.
The DSHS Foods Group is responsible for licensing of seafood wholesalers, seafood repackaging or relabeling, seafood processing (other than crab meat), and packaged food intended for customer self-service.
The DSHS Retail Food Establishments Group is responsible for permitting of restaurants, retail food stores, mobile food vendors, bed and breakfasts, catered food, vending machines, take out services, and food delivery services.
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Email: Seafood and Aquatic Life Program
Phone: (512) 834-6757
Fax: (512) 834-6762
Mailing addresses may be found on the contact page.