About the Report Card

About this Report Card

The Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card series was developed by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (HRI) in response to a desire from stakeholders and natural resource managers for a standardized coastal ecosystem health assessment framework. Report Card development involved stakeholder engagement coupled with rigorous analysis of long term datasets to identify and quantify key indicators. In total, 27 different datasets were evaluated to determine “scores” for each of 13 relevant indicators of coastal ecosystem health for both the Texas Coast as a whole as well as for individual bays. Find more information on how these reports were compiled at the expanded document HERE.

With launch of the 2023 Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Cards, HRI is moving towards a Gulf-wide assessment program to promote thoughtful and effective restoration and conservation decisions for the Gulf of Mexico as a whole. In addition, the next generation of Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card is expected to be unveiled in the 2025-2026 timeframe. Stay tuned!

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This Report Card was developed in partnership with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Integration and Application Network, as well as many other stakeholders and organizations. This report was made possible in part through a grant from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) providing Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 funding to the State of Texas and awarded under the Texas Coastal Management Program. The views contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the views of the GLO or the State of Texas. Special thanks to Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Lower Laguna Madre Estuary Partnership, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Earth, Environmental & Marine Sciences, Matagorda Bay Foundation, and San Antonio Bay Partnership.

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