G.U.L.F. Restaurant Partnership Program

Texas State Aquarium and Texas Sea Grant have partnered with Audubon Nature Institute to develop a Texas Chapter of the G.U.L.F. Restaurant Partnership Program. This partnership is dedicated to promoting local, sustainable seafood harvested from U.S. fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico. Restaurants account for 70% of the seafood consumed in the United States and chefs and restaurateurs are on the front line of seafood education. Our goal is to promote the sustainability of Gulf of Mexico and domestic seafood.


In order to provide accurate recommendations to our partners, we use the latest data available from state and federal management agencies, universities, scientific journals and peer-reviewed research to keep our information regarding fisheries up to date and grounded in rigorous science.



Download the Gulf Seafood Guide mobile app to get information on:
  • Our proud restaurant partners
  • Where to buy Gulf of Mexico Seafood
  • The most common species caught in the Gulf of Mexico with their seasonality and freshness
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By joining the G.U.L.F Restaurant partnership program, chefs and restaurateurs help support Gulf of Mexico and U.S. fisheries through their seafood purchases.

Membership Benefits

Staff Training — Your staff is the most important component of sustainable seafood education. Upon joining, we will provide an in-house training to your staff. After the initial training, staff may attend one of the biannual workshops. Additional in-house trainings can be provided on request.

Marketing Support — The three organizations (Audubon Nature Institute, Texas State Aquarium and Texas Sea Grant) will highlight your restaurant and its involvement through marketing and promotions, including:

  • Recognition as a Restaurant Partner on select event collateral and publicity
  • Logo recognition on websites, through our Gulf Seafood Guide App and via social media (over 300,000
  • Facebook and 28,000 Twitter followers combined for all three organizations)
  • Use of the Restaurant Partner logo for messaging of your commitment (new logo design coming soon!)
  • Educational tools and resources to engage your staff and customers/guests about sustainable seafood
  • Networking opportunities with other partners.
  • A window cling and menu decal to display, identifying you as a sustainable seafood partner.

Business Support — The Partnership staff is a team of experts in the field of fisheries, with experience in both the science and business aspects of seafood sustainability. We can offer a variety of support methods to your restaurant, whether answering questions to assist you in sustainable purchasing decisions, or in-depth menu reviews.

Quarterly Communications — Staff will send you, at minimum, a quarterly newsletter with updates on Gulf fisheries and sustainability trends.

For more information, including requirements, see our membership information document.

Proud Partner Restaurants

Rockport, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
San Marcos, TX
Galveston, TX
San Antonio, TX

Interested in Signing Up?

Sign up online


Or contact:
Laura Picariello, Texas Sea Grant lpicariello@tamu.edu
Leslie Peart, Texas State Aquarium lpeart@txstateaq.org

Smart Seafoodie

Take the Pledge to be a #SmartSeafoodie.

As a consumer, your decisions have a big impact. By purchasing local, sustainable seafood, you support families and communities along the Gulf Coast which continue a way of life that goes back generations.

I pledge to: 

  • Include seafood in my diet at least twice a week (recommended by USDA HHS Dietary Guidelines)
  • Purchase locally caught seafood whenever possible
  • Ask where my seafood comes from and how it was caught or check the label on the package
  • Support restaurants that serve locally caught seafood
  • Share the importance of sustainable seafood with family and friends


Laura Picariello

For More Information:

Laura Picariello

Fisheries Specialist


(361) 825-3460