Congratulations to the student awardees of the 12th Annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting:
1st - Meredith Evans, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
2nd- Nick Reyna, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
3rd – Victoria Congdon, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
1st - Natasha Breaux, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
2nd – Rachael Edwards, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Harte Research Institute
3rd – Jake Loveless, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
The meeting featured distinguished speaker, Kim Albins, the Gulf of Mexico Marine Debris Regional Coordinator, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Ms. Albins discussed the types and impacts of marine debris in the Gulf of Mexico and NOAA's reduction efforts. Dr. Ed Buskey of UTMSI was also a distinguished speaker and kicked-off the special session on Baffin Bay with a brown tide historical overview. The purpose of the event was for researchers from around Texas to come together and learn from each other, which will provide a better understanding of our diverse coastal regions of Texas. The meeting reached maximum capacity with approximately 160 researchers, students, and resource managers.
This meeting was generously sponsored by Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association, Texas A&M Corpus Christi Harte Research Institute, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Coastal Bend Bays Foundation, Sea Bird Coastal, Texas Sea Grant, and Eureka Water Probes. The meeting was hosted by the Mission-Aransas Reserve and The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.