Mission-Aransas Reserve, Texas



State Partner

University of Texas Marine Science Institute 



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Protecting 186,189 acres of diverse coastal lands, the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve provides a place where landowners, policy-makers, scientist, and the public can come together to make coastal management decisions which will best benefit people and coastal ecosystems. In addition, the Mission-Aransas Reserve works on some of the most important issues facing Texas’ coasts, including marine debris accumulation, species migration patterns, and the allocation of inflows of freshwater.

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Join Friends of the Ark. The Mission-Aransas Reserve also accepts support through the University of Texas development office.

Did You Know…

Approximately 350 wild whooping cranes migrate every year to the Mission-Aransas Reserve.

Latest News from the Mission-Aransas Reserve

Easy Lift = Big Impact

Easy Lift = Big Impact

One of my favorite things about my job is seeing the positive impact we can have on the bay. As Stewardship Coordinator and Acting Manager of the Mission-Aransas Reserve, I conduct research on our bay’s systems and …

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Mission-Aransas Reserve, Texas