CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A water quality monitoring project in Baffin Bay has received a $150,000 boost from Celanese Corporation to help assess ecosystem changes that may be connected to reports of poor fishing.
The study, led by Dr. Michael Wetz, Associate Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, began in 2013, and uses a team of volunteers to sample and test water quality conditions in Baffin Bay.
“This funding will allow us to provide an objective, science-based assessment of water quality changes that are occurring in Baffin Bay,” Wetz said.
The funding will cover three years of water sampling with volunteers that include business and property owners and recreational and commercial fishermen in the Baffin Bay area.
Baffin Bay fishing is of significant economic importance to Kleberg County, Wetz said, and understanding water quality issues and what may be behind reports of poor fishing is critical to ensuring that it remains a productive and suitable habitat for fisheries.
Celanese will be a member of the advisory board of the Baffin Bay Study Group that helps guide future scientific studies within the Baffin Bay system.
“Celanese has a long history of community involvement and interest in the protection of our natural resources and we are very pleased to have an opportunity to support this important research on Baffin Bay,” said Brian Connelly, Site Director for Celanese’s Bishop facility, which manufactures specialty chemicals, engineered materials and pharmaceutical products.