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Texas Sea Grant achieved college status in 1971 and is based at Texas A&M University. Their mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.

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Texas Sea Grant by the Numbers

2017 (pdf)

2016 (pdf)

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN TEXAS RESULTED IN*

$19.8M

ECONOMIC IMPACT

744

JOBS

531

SEAFOOD INDUSTRY PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

21560

PEOPLE ENGAGED IN SEA GRANT-SUPPORTED INFORMAL EDUCATION

 
 
 

*Metrics are direct results of Sea Grant work between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021 as reported by Sea Grant programs in Summer 2021. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. Jobs = jobs created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. Seafood industry personnel refers to the number of fishermen, seafood processing or aquaculture industry personnel who modify their practices using knowledge gained in fisheries sustainability and seafood safety as a result of Sea Grant activities.

Texas Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Meet Texas Sea Grant Experts


Laura Picariello

Fisheries Specialist -  Laura works with the Texas shrimp industry, helping fishermen with the proper installation, use and maintenance of turtle excluder devices and bycatch reduction devices to minimize impacts on other species.


"It’s really about people — being able to turn science and innovation into practical solutions by connecting with the people who live and work on the water every day.”

Christine Hale

Oil Spill Science Outreach Specialist - Christine serves as a link between researchers who conduct oil spill science, through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, and the multiple stakeholder groups that need this information to make more informed decisions.


"I take the science directly to people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf."

Heather B. Wade

Senior Associate Director for Planning and Extension  - Heather joined Texas Sea Grant as the program's first Coastal Planning Specialist where she provided expertise and assistance to coastal communities and natural resource managers. She is now is the Senior Associate Director for Planning and Extension.


"My favorite part of working for Sea Grant is the satisfaction I feel from doing what I love. I get to use my expertise to help coastal communities become better places. It doesn’t get much better than that."

Texas Stories and News

To Reef or Not Reef? Newly Funded Research Will Inform Decisions on the Fate of Gulf Oil Rigs

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To Reef or Not Reef? Newly Funded Research Will Inform Decisions on the Fate of Gulf Oil Rigs

Sea Grant-supported researchers will produce data allowing decision makers to see the ecological and economic impacts of removing oil rigs or creating artificial reefs.

The National Sea Grant College Program and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement have awarded over $795 thousand to Texas Sea Grant and a team of researchers from Texas A&M University and LGL Ecological Research Services to produce information that could lead to the development of a decision-support tool modeling the ecological and economic effects of changing the composition of oil rigs in the gulf. 

Multistate Sea Grant extension team awarded $2.4 million to share, inform reef fish science

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Multistate Sea Grant extension team awarded $2.4 million to share, inform reef fish science

The National Sea Grant College Program has announced that a regional collaborative of Sea Grant fisheries extension specialists, university scientists and fisheries managers will receive $2.4 million to develop and implement extension and outreach programming related to data and information from three large research projects focused on estimating the number of reef fish in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
 

Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine Abundance of Red Snapper

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Sea Grant Facilitates External Research to Determine Abundance of Red Snapper

Sea Grant and its research partners announced two updates on efforts to better understand red snapper populations in U.S. coastal waters today. These complementary projects, which are interdisciplinary and connected to multiple partners and stakeholders are being conducted by external, university-based teams and administered by Sea Grant. 

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness

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National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program and the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a series of workshops around the country – in Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Virginia – designed to bring regional priorities to the fore in community oil spill preparation and resiliency planning. Five regional workshop reports and one summary report are now available online.

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