Texas Sea Grant agent to offer fish printing art class September 27th

September 18, 2014

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Tony Reisinger, the Texas Sea Grant College Program’s Cameron County Extension Agent for Coastal & Marine Resources, will teach a class in the art of fish printing at The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab, located in Isla Blanca Park, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 27.  

Participants will learn how to prepare a fish, paint it and make a rubbing of it to transfer the image to rice paper. This art form is called “Gyotaku,” which is Japanese for “fish rubbing,” and is a fairly recent art form used by Japanese anglers to document their catch. Reisinger, an expert fish printer, is a featured artist with the Gulf Coast Seafood Coalition and was featured in a video promoting Gulf of Mexico seafood.

Class size is limited to 24 students. The cost of the class is $30, which includes all supplies. Pre-registration is required, and once the class is filled, registration will close. To register, email Lorena Longoria with the Coastal Studies Lab at llongoria@utpa.edu.

Brigette Goza, Senior Program Coordinator with the Coastal Studies Lab, will assist with the training, which is part of the Texas Coastal Naturalist program sponsored by the Rio Grande Valley Chapter Texas Master Naturalists, Texas Sea Grant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Harmful Algal Bloom Working Group, Gladys Porter Zoo and The University of Texas at Brownsville. 

This class is part of the Texas Coastal Naturalist training curriculum, which also includes courses that prepare volunteers in the Laguna Madre area to be first responders to coastal natural emergencies like cold stunned sea turtle strandings, marine mammal strandings and oil tainted wildlife. The Coastal Naturalist program also includes marine environment and related courses in its curriculum. Current Coastal Naturalists are also invited to take the class.

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The Texas Sea Grant College Program is a partnership of university, government and industry focusing on marine research, education and outreach. 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 Texas A&M University.

Texas Sea Grant Extension is a joint outreach program of Texas Sea Grant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Commissioners Courts in participating counties.