The Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting is back! Its been 2017 since the last two day meeting was held that brought together scientists, students, coastal managers, elected officials, and interested public to share research relavent to the bay, estuary, and nearshore environments of the Gulf of Mexico.
When: April 23rd and 24th, 2020
Where: Port Aransas, Texas
Look for registration and call for abstracts to open in January 2020.
We’d like to thank our supporters that make this meeting possible: The
The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve embarked on a 10 day tour of the Gulf states to survey concentrations of nurdles washing up on beaches across the Gulf. Jace Tunnell, director of the Mission-Aransas Reserve, and Sam Sugarek, director of water quality programs at the Nueces River Authority, drove over 3,700 miles, surveyed for nurdles at 65 beaches with over 126 surveys from Corpus Christi, Texas to Key West, Florida from May 19 to 28, 2019. They collected over 5,000 nurdles over the 10 day period with the highest concentrations in Texas. Some of the highlights of the Read more about Nurdle Expedition surveys 65 beaches across Gulf
The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve is excited to announce an upcoming tour of the Gulf of Mexico where Jace Tunnell and Sam Sugarek will lead an effort to sample nurdles across all 5 U.S. Gulf states in the month of May 2019. Starting May 19th, the crew will sample every Gulf beach from Texas to Florida, including Fort Jefferson, Presentations will be given at 3 other Reserves and every state will have locations each day where the public can come and participate in a nurdle survey. To learn more about the expedition and what a nurdle is, visit www.MissionAransas.org and Read more about Gulf Nurdle Expedition Announced May 19-26, 2019
Jace Tunnell will be giving a Nurdle Patrol training and presentation at the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation's Coastal Issues Forum on February 11, 2019. The event will be held at the Del Mar Center for Economic Development in Corpus Christi, Texas at 5:30pm. Learn what a nurdle is, what the issues are with them being in the environment, and how you can get involved with this Gulf-wide Citizen Science Project. For more information about the Coastal Issues Forum, please visit www.baysfoundation.org. Read more about Nurdle Patrol Training and Presentation - February 11, 2019
Katie Swanson, Tracy Weatherall, and other colleagues from around the Gulf of Mexico just published a new study in the journal of Marine Pollution Bulletin that looked at accumulation rates of marine debris on Gulf beaches, titled Accumulation and Distribution of marine debris on barrier islands across the northern Gulf of Mexico. " In summary, Texas has coastal debris accumulation rates ten times that of similar coastlines in north central GoM." There are a number of reasons for these accumulation rates.
Every year, the Mission-Aransas Reserve gives out a Coastal Champion Award to an individual that has made an impact on the work that the Reserve does. This year's award went to Georgia Neblett, the Director of External Affairs at UTMSI, and was the Executive Director during the initial years of the Reserve. Georgia has been a key reason for the success of the Reserve since the beginning, helping to secure millions of dollars in funds for infrastructure, networking with folks to get things done, and recognizing a vision for what the Reserve is today. Georgia is the third recipient of the