Education

Texas Sea Grant provides science-based information about Texas coastal and marine resources. Its extension agents and specialists provide informal science education to students, educators and the general public through seminars, workshops and publications.

Texas Sea Grant also coordinates the National Ocean Sciences Bowl regional competitions, the Dolphin Challenge and the Loggerhead Challenge, for high school students in Texas. These competitions increase the visibility and public understanding of our coastal and marine environments and promote the national investment in ocean-related research. 

Outreach

Texas Sea Grant’s extension agents and specialists live in coastal communities where they educate, engage and inspire the public in relevant issues related to environmental quality, hazard resiliency, marine fisheries, seafood quality, marketing and economics, coastal community development, marine policy, marine education and aquaculture. For information about specific outreach efforts, please visit the program pages.

Research

Texas Sea Grant supports marine- and coastal-related research at universities across the state through a competitive grant program.  It also supports regional research in collaboration with the other Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs. 

Research supported provides information of practical importance to Texans and meets the needs of our coastal communities. Funding priorities include: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.

Requests for proposals (RFPs) for state projects are issued every two years. To view current opportunities, visit our Funding Opportunities page. 

To receive funding opportunity announcements directly, please send an email to sgrfp@listserv.tamu.edu with subject line "SUBSCRIBE."

Texas Sea Grant’s Impact

Did you know that every state dollar invested in Texas Sea Grant returns more than $15 to the Texas economy? Texas Sea Grant envisions a future where people live, work and play along the Texas Gulf Coast in harmony with the natural resources that attract and sustain them, and where they use the state's natural resources in ways that capture the economic, environmental and cultural benefits they offer, while preserving their quality and abundance for future generations. Here are a few examples of Texas Sea Grant's impact in just one year:

  • $5.6 million in economic benefits to industry,
  • 59,302 hours of volunteer time mobilized,
  • 8,611 K-12 atudents reached through informal education programs,
  • 512 jobs created and 200 jobs saved,
  • 637,500 gallons of stormwater diverted through rain gardens to improve water quality,
  • $4.7 million in fuel savings for the shrimp fishing industry,
  • 17,123 people reached at 341 presentations and events,
  • 25 communities received training and tools to help protect them from storms, sea level rise and other coastal hazards,
  • 529 acres of coastal wetlands, prairie and dune habitat restored,

...and many more coastal issues have been addressed and educational needs have been met through Texas Sea Grant programs.

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