CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation honored Dr. Greg Stunz of the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with its Higher Education Award for his study of artificial reefs, sharks and sustainable fisheries.
Stunz is HRI’s Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health and Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation.
The award was presented during the Coastal Bend Conservation & Environmental Stewardship Awards Banquet held Dec. 4 at the American Bank Center.
U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold also honored Stunz for his work at the event with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. Dr. David Yoskowitz, HRI Associate Director and Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics served as a special guest speaker for the event.
“It is always gratifying when our scientists and staff are recognized for their contributions, but is especially satisfying when it is a local conservation organization like Coastal Bend Bays Foundation. It means we are connecting at the ground level where real conservation is done — and that means a lot to all of us,” said Dr. Larry McKinney, HRI Executive Director.
The Higher Education Award is given to a university or college institution, individual professor, or instructor for dedication and effectiveness in educating Texans about the natural resources of the Coastal Bend. Stunz was honored for his work researching how artificial reefs enhance fisheries, studying the roles of apex predators like sharks play in Gulf ecosystems, and the shark tagging and tracking programs administered by the CSSC. A major goal of Stunz’s research program is to provide scientific data for sustainable management of our marine fisheries and ocean resources to ensure healthy environments.
Each year, the Foundation’s Awards Program recognizes outstanding work in habitat conservation, enhancement, protection, restoration or preservation of the Coastal Bend’s precious natural resources, or in educating the region’s youth and adults about the importance and value of their natural surroundings.The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation is a public interest organization dedicated to the conservation of freshwater and coastal natural resources for current and future generations through consensus, facilitation, communication, advocacy, research and education. For more information, go to www.baysfoundation.org.