Texas Sea Grant Receives Two Awards at Its 50th Anniversary Gala

June 6, 2022

By Alli Dickey

From left: Nikki Fitzgerald, Tony Reisinger, Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Dr. Rick Avery, Julie Massey, Nicole Pilson with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Partnership Award (Photo credit: Richard Badillo)
Destinee Vargus from the Office of U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul (left) and Dr. Pamela Plotkin with the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (Photo credit: Richard Badillo)


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University received the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Partnership Award and a Certification of Special Congressional Recognition at its 50th anniversary celebration on May 5.

Dr. Rick Avery, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, presented the Partnership Award to recognize a 50-year partnership that enhanced the outreach and impact of extension education.

The partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Sea Grant began in 1968 when Dr. Wallace Klaussmann established a marine fisheries and general extension program for Texas Sea Grant. Fifty years later, Texas Sea Grant is still working with Texas A&M AgriLife to enable resilience and economic development in marine industries in Texas coastal communities through the integration of research and extension.

U.S. Congressman Michael T. McCaul bestowed the Certification of Special Congressional Recognition to Texas Sea Grant Director Dr. Pam Plotkin. McCaul wrote “I commend you on your service and extensive research for the Texas Sea Grant program. Your effort does not go unnoticed, and I wish you continued success in all of your endeavors.” 

“This certificate from Congressman McCaul recognizes a core part of Texas A&M University’s mission as a public land-, sea-, space-grant institution to advance the common good,” said Plotkin. “We sincerely appreciate Congressman McCaul’s recognition of the Texas Sea Grant program, and his leadership that supports the work we do for Texas coastal communities.”

Texas Sea Grant is celebrating its anniversary at its 50 Years of Science and Stewardship exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibit is slated to run through July 5, 2022. Hours of operation can be found online at www.bush41.org.


Media Contact: Sara Carney, Texas Sea Grant Communications Manager, scarney@tamu.edu, 713-435-9585