Texas Sea Grant offering saltwater aquariums to Bryan/College Station schools

January 14, 2014

By Rhonda Patterson

The Texas Sea Grant College Program today launched a program for schools in Bryan and College Station to adopt a saltwater aquarium. Up to 20 of the 29-gallon tanks will be placed in public and private schools in the two cities under the Aglantis Jr. Adopt-A-Tank program.

“This program is part of our outreach efforts, sponsored by the Texas A&M Provost’s Office, to promote ocean awareness in the Brazos Valley and to help students learn about and appreciate the Gulf of Mexico and the world’s oceans,” said Rhonda Patterson, Texas Sea Grant’s Outreach Specialist.

Dubbed “Aglantis Jr.” after the 300-gallon saltwater aquarium that the program installed in the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center last year, the tanks will come equipped with the basic supplies needed to maintain the aquarium for six months, plus more than 20 invertebrate animals including starfish, urchins, snails and hermit crabs. Patterson, with help from university students, will set up the tanks and provide troubleshooting assistance as needed. The schools can add fish and additional invertebrates to the tanks after they are set up.

Teachers have until Friday, January 31, to apply for one of the tanks for their school or classroom.

For more information or an application, see the Aglantis website at http://tamuaquarium.tamu.edu, or contact Patterson at r-patterson@tamu.edu or 979-845-3857.

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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.