Marine safety, science information now online in Spanish

September 17, 2012

By Jim Hiney

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — One of the state’s best online resources for marine and coastal science information is now available in Spanish.

In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Texas Sea Grant College Program (TXSG) has launched a Spanish language version of its popular website "to be more inclusive and reach out to the Spanish-speaking population that we serve," said Dr. Pamela Plotkin, TXSG Director. National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

The Spanish language site can be found by going to TXSG’s English language homepage — http://texasseagrant.org — and clicking on the “En Español” link at the top of the page.

Through texasseagrant.org, the program offers valuable beach and hurricane safety information, as well as publications and programs designed to help improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of the state’s coastal and marine resources. Plotkin said it is important for the growing number of Spanish speaking Texans to have access to this information in their native language.

Most of the pages featured on TXSG’s English language page are available in Spanish and new content will be translated as it is developed and posted. Some of the archived information on the site will remain English only.

Otherwise, the Spanish language site will mirror TXSG’s English language site and will be viewable using any web browser.

Texasseagrant.org is also a portal to information about a variety of coastal and marine science, resource and safety issues, including monofilament recycling, aquaculture, fisheries and the Clean Texas Marinas Program. There are also links to marine education activities like the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and TXSG’s Floating Classroom Program.

For web surfers looking for more technical information, texasseagrant.org features abstracts of research currently funded by TXSG, and a listing of the program’s past funded research and the resulting scientific papers. TXSG currently funds about $800,000 per year in research conducted by respected scientists at universities across the state.

The site also features TXSG’s bookstore and links to the Program’s social media pages on Scoop.it!, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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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.