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Going to Bat for the Oceans

Going to Bat for the Oceans

June 8th was World Oceans Day and what better way to celebrate than to clean up the beach. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the Mission-Aransas Reserve partnered up with the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Texas Coastal Bend...
Marine Science Literature for Desalinization & Channel Deepening Projects

Marine Science Literature for Desalinization & Channel Deepening Projects

In July of 2018, the Port of Corpus Christi announced they were seeking a permit for a desalinization plant proposed for construction on Harbor Island in Port Aransas, Texas that would allow an average daily output flow of up to 95,600,000...
Port Aransas Ranks Near Top of Global Nature Challenge

Port Aransas Ranks Near Top of Global Nature Challenge

Port Aransas may be a small town, but we are mighty when it comes to observing and documenting our wildlife. This year, Port Aransas and Mustang Island competed in the fourth annual City Nature Challenge. Over 150 cities across six continents...
Earth Day is for the Birds

Earth Day is for the Birds

Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, this day has sparked hundreds of thousands of efforts to raise awareness about the nature that surrounds us. On today’s Earth Day, the Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute...
Keyser Awarded Francis M. Peacock Scholarship

Keyser Awarded Francis M. Peacock Scholarship

The Coastal Bend is one of the most “birdiest” regions in America. This region is also experiencing climatic shifts that are causing an increase in mangroves. Bird species in coastal regions, which rely heavily on specific plant communities, are particularly vulnerable...
Communities Plan for Continued Conservation

Communities Plan for Continued Conservation

A hurricane or other natural disaster can cause large and multiple changes to parks and natural areas. After Hurricane Harvey ripped through the Coastal Bend, it provided a unique opportunity for community planners take a step back and implement strategies to...
CCA Lends a Hand

CCA Lends a Hand

A group of 20 do-gooders from the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Austin Chapter were onsite at the Wetlands Education Center this past Friday. The volunteer team was part of the CCA-Austin’s effort to serve and support local communities. “We try to...
A Look at the Multi-Tool of Aquatic Science

A Look at the Multi-Tool of Aquatic Science

Stable isotope analysis is a common and extremely useful tool for studying aquatic life from single cells to whole ecosystems. Over 600 papers using stable isotope studies have been published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography (L&O) over the past 60...
Local Fishing Organization Supports Research to Put Eyes on the Shore

Local Fishing Organization Supports Research to Put Eyes on the Shore

The Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute just received two donations; one from the Flatsworthy, Inc. and Patagonia for $5,000 and one for $889 from Flatsworthy, Inc. in memory of Christopher “Chip” Pitcarin. These new funds will...
Fuiman travels to Florida to Contribute to 'baby' Snook Research

Fuiman travels to Florida to Contribute to 'baby' Snook Research

Lee Fuiman, Director of the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory at the Marine Science Institute of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, will spend four of the next six months based at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida to exchange knowledge...
The Gulf of Mexico gets its Physical

The Gulf of Mexico gets its Physical

A new report has just been released that delivers a plan to gauge the health of Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. The Northern Gulf of Mexico and all of the habitats within it are big, and it takes big-picture thinking to accurately...
Clinging for life; blue crabs run the gauntlet of currents

Clinging for life; blue crabs run the gauntlet of currents

If you’ve ever been to the beach when the baby blue crabs are in season, you’ll know it. These small, larval, versions of the yummy entrees look like rain droplets. They are small but mighty and can become quite a nuisance...
SeaWorld Announces New Partnership with ARK

SeaWorld Announces New Partnership with ARK

SeaWorld San Antonio & Aquatica recently announced a new partnership with the Amos Rehabilitation Keep. This partnership will begin with the construction of a new, interactive sea turtle attraction called Turtle Reef at the SeaWorld park in San Antonio to be...
Biologists Monitoring Red Tide

Biologists Monitoring Red Tide

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) scientists confirmed that samples from the Port Aransas Ship Channel had low to moderate numbers of Karenia brevis, which is a type of microscopic alga that can cause a red tide bloom when...
Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium

Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Del Mar Center for Economic Development 3209 South Staples Street Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 Poster session will be from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Texas Surf Museum (309 N Water St,...
Building Resilient Labs for Resilient Researchers

Building Resilient Labs for Resilient Researchers

A tight knit group of 125 dedicated scientists and staff at The University of Texas’s Marine Science Institute sat in awe around the weather channel one year ago when the small coastal town of Port Aransas was devastated as Harvey, a...
Sharing Storm Science, More than Hot Air

Sharing Storm Science, More than Hot Air

One-year later scientists converged to discuss Hurricane Harvey impacts. Hurricane Harvey was a unique storm that impacted all of Texas, including the plants and animals in our bays and estuaries. Researchers from across the state and beyond came together today, August...
A Wild Wish is Granted

A Wild Wish is Granted

Several children were able to fulfill a life-long wish today when they released a sea turtle into the ocean. Reannah Hollaway from Woodlands, Texas and Lauren Scott from Spring, Texas visited the Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at The University of Texas...
Oil Plus Dispersants May Lead to More Red Tide Events

Oil Plus Dispersants May Lead to More Red Tide Events

Harmful algal blooms, or red tides, can occur naturally, but new research indicates that after an oil spill, the application of dispersant may increase the chance of red tides. A new paper recently released in Environmental Science and Technology provides experimental...
UTMSI Cafe becomes an Ocean Friendly Restaurant

UTMSI Cafe becomes an Ocean Friendly Restaurant

Eating out at local restaurants has become more common with everyone’s busy schedules, and local Port Aransas organizations are striving to make dining out a less “disposable” experience. In early June, the cafeteria at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute...