2017-09-01 / Amenities

Marine research, more goes on at UTMSI Port A campus

Formally founded in 1941 as the first permanent marine laboratory in Texas, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute calls Port Aransas home.

The Institute manages the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), which is the third largest estuarine reserve in the United States.

The Institute’s main campus is located on 72 acres of beachfront land, at the mouth of the Aransas Channel and the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Home to undergraduate students, graduate students, and visiting scientists, the facility sponsors research in topics such as red tide, oil spills, climate trends, larval fish ecology, fish migrations, and more.

The Institute also includes the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory on 10 acres adjacent to the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. This facility has four large laboratories, which support research on the spawning and rearing of marine fish. In addition, the Institute is home to the Amos Rehabilitation Keep, which rescues and rehabilitates sea turtles and marine birds from San Jose and Mustang Island.

The Institute operates a Marine Science Education Center, located at 855 E. Cotter Ave., free of charge. Visitors can learn more about marine science with self-guided tours, educational movies, lectures, and other public programs.

Watch issues of the South Jetty for details on the upcoming programs.

For more information about the Marine Science Education Center, call (361) 749-6729 or visit the website www.utmsi. utexas.edu/visit.

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