Contest to name new aquarium in Texas A&M President’s Office

March 21, 2016

By Cindie Powell

The Texas Sea Grant College Program is holding a contest to name its newest aquarium on the Texas A&M University campus, a 120-gallon saltwater aquarium in the office of President Michael K. Young.

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, March 27, on five finalists selected by President Young. The finalists are:

  • Texas AMSea
  • Maroon Sea
  • Maroon Lagoon
  • Coral Station
  • Reef Arena

Voting is online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5GFNBNB. The student who submitted the winning name will receive a $100 gift card from Texas Sea Grant.

Texas Sea Grant also operates Aglantis, the 300-gallon saltwater aquarium located on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center under the Memory Cloud, which was named in a similar contest in 2013. More about Aglantis and links to two live webcams of the aquarium are available at http://texasseagrant.org/programs/aglantis.

Past naming contests also have focused on the marine life in Aglantis: E. Crab Gill, the maroon and white calico crab mascot of Aglantis; Calypso, the queen angelfish; and John David Crowstacean, the coral banded shrimp.

Aglantis and Texas Sea Grant’s other campus aquariums are designed to promote ocean understanding and increase awareness of the Brazos River watershed and its impact on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.