CORPUS CHRISTI (October 30, 2013) Researchers in South Texas are developing a statewide plan to protect sensitive coastal nurseries, nesting areas and marshes against oil spills.
A nearly $145,000 grant from the Texas General Land office is funding the effort.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi researchers are working on the Texas Tidal Inlet Protection Strategies program as part of the National Spill Control School, which has been associated with A&M-Corpus Christi since 1974.
Spokesman Tony Wood says the project will explore and design specific methods to keep oil from entering Texas bays through the state's 21 Gulf passes and inlets.
Priorities will include the Aransas Channel at Port Aransas and Boliver Pass at Galveston, both of which will require coordination with port authorities.