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Catching Avocados in the South Llano River: What’s the Limit?

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Social media lit up with volunteers stepping up (as well as a few jokes) on Friday, March 29, 2019, following a share by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that 42K pounds of avocados spilled into the South Llano River. A delivery truck accident resulted in the load spilling into the river near the town of Junction in the Texas Hill Country.

Texas Parks and Wildlife posted to their social media that afternoon, stating that park employees were gathering bags of avocados found in the South Llano River. They also reported that additional help would be appreciated. “Here’s a great opportunity to grab some kayaks, trash bags and tortilla chips for the #TrashTag challenge, or follow Llano River Watershed Alliance for future volunteer cleanup opportunities,” the TPWD posted. Obviously, many people offered to volunteer their time to assist in the process, while some also found humor in the matter, asking, “Is there a size or daily bag limit? Catch and release only?”

Catching Avocados in the South Llano River: What’s the Limit?

Photo: Facebook/Junction Eagle

The post did not identify the crash specifics, other than to say that 42,000 pounds of avocados in various bags had gone into the river. The stretch of the river where help is needed is easily accessible by canoe or kayak. In the meantime, however, although officials are thanking people for help in advance, they’re also advising them to ensure they don’t trespass on private property in the process. According to the TPWD Facebook reply, the majority of the avocados could be found “between the U.S. 377 crossing three miles down to our CR 150 public fishing access site,” at a location link they provided on the site.

This isn’t the first major avocado spill in the Lone Star State. Back in 2018, approximately 40,000 pounds of avocados spilled over Interstate 35E when the truck carrying them crashed and caught on fire. The fruit was littered across the road in Forreston, Texas, and the estimated cost from the loss of the product was said to be approximately $64,000.