About Texas Sea Grant

The Texas Sea Grant College Program is a collaboration of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of Texas and universities across the state.

Texas Sea Grant is part of NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 33 university-based programs in coastal and Great Lakes states, Puerto Rico and Guam. Texas Sea Grant is headquartered at Texas A&M University in College Station and also has staff members located at Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and in several other communities along the coast.

Texas Sea Grant’s competitive research grant program draws on the expertise of the state’s top scientists. At the same time, its coastal extension agents and specialists working in the field translate and communicate research results to stakeholders in ways that meet the real-world needs of Texans. Living in coastal communities themselves, Texas Sea Grant personnel are a conduit to the industries, local governments and citizens there to help identify additional issues that would benefit from scientific study. This two-way flow ensures that its funded research projects result in innovative tools and services with practical applications and a public purpose.

See the Organizational Chart for more details.


Texas Sea Grant’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.

The Texas Gulf Coast is rich in natural resources crucial to the prosperity and security of the state and nation. It provides food and fuel to sustain a rapidly growing population and is also home to a unique way of life. Balancing these economic, environmental and cultural elements is the challenge that Texas Sea Grant is helping to meet with its research, education and outreach programs and partnerships.

Strategic Plan

Texas Sea Grant develops a strategic plan every four years to guide its research, outreach and education programs. The public is engaged in the strategic planning process to support the development of a plan that meets the needs of Texans.

Giving to Texas Sea Grant

Texas Sea Grant positively impacts the lives of coastal Texans, from shrimp fishermen to city planners, from teachers and their students to a wide range of businesses and industries, and with your help we can do even more.

You can support the mission of Texas Sea Grant by donating to the Texas Sea Grant Program Enhancement Fund. All donations are tax deductible. You can direct your donation to help support research, outreach or education programs, to general program support, or to the Ralph Rayburn Scholarship or Texas Shores magazine.

To make a gift of $25 or more, you can submit online using a credit card for payment at The Texas A&M Foundation. Go to “Give Now.” Under the "I would like to give to" heading, select "Unlisted account.” Enter "Texas Sea Grant College Fund" in the field for "Giving Account Name or Number." Indicate donation amount in the field provided. Enter the requested personal information. Indicate if it is a one-time or recurring gift. If the gift is to be directed specifically to the Ralph Rayburn Scholarship or Texas Shores magazine, or to be earmarked for research, outreach or education, please enter that information into the field for "Additional comments." For complete instructions on the use of this online form, visit: Online Gifts

To make a gift using a check in any amount, please send it via the U.S. Postal Service or courier service. Checks should be made payable to the "Texas A&M Foundation" with "Texas Sea Grant Enhancement Fund" written in the memo field.
Mail your contribution to: 
Texas Sea Grant College Program
Texas A&M University, 4115 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Director, at 979-845-3902 or plotkin@tamu.edu.