HRI's 2019 Annual Report is Now Available

HRI 2019 Annual Report

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies is pleased to announce the release of our 2019 Annual Report!

This year presented some unique challenges in preparing the report, as the state — and our campus — was sent into lockdown in the middle of the report's production process. Our communications team has done their best to prepare an engaging and educational guide to the institute’s fiscal year 2019 activities, despite the difficulties of working in quarantine.

In this year's issue we explore a year of change and new prospects for HRI. Our Coastal Conservation and Restoration Chair Dr. Jennifer Pollack and Marine Resource Development Chair Dr. Joe Fox have opened up exciting new research avenues into oyster restoration and aquaculture for HRI, and our Coastal Ecosystem Processes Chair Dr. Michael Wetz is breaking new ground in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico for water quality science and monitoring. You can read more about their work in this report.

We have also included the latest news about the work of our students, research staff and faculty, along with updates on major projects like:

  • The passage of HB 1300, a bill that legalized oyster mariculture in Texas for the first time and a victory for oyster conservation in the state. Learn more about how HRI contributed to this historic legislation.
  • Ride along for an HRI Great Red Snapper Count research cruise as our Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation scientists spent two weeks on the water surveying the Gulf's Red Snapper population.
  • Learn about how HRI is trying to help small communities still recovering from Hurricane Harvey in the Coastal Bend to connect with the grants and funding they need to build more resilient futures.

Read the 2019 HRI Annual Report