Matagorda Bay ecosystem assessment

In 2019, the Comptroller’s office funded Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi to conduct an ecosystem assessment in Matagorda Bay to inform the conservation of imperiled, threatened and endangered species. The overall goals of this assessment are to: (1) inform the development of conservation strategies for endangered sea turtles; and (2) explore potential conservation strategies and priority areas for bird species of interest concerning potential impacts from flooding and sea level rise.

Final Report

Supporting Data

Final supporting data are searchable by DOI number at the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative (GRIIDC). GRIIDC is housed at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC).

  • Matagorda Bay Sea Turtles 2019-2021_Acoustic Detections (DOI: 10.7266/z7fmk2g7)
  • Matagorda Bay Sea Turtles 2019-2021_Netting Strandings (DOI: 10.7266/6vjvap1k)
  • Matagorda Bay Sea Turtle sampling and tagging data 2019-2021 (DOI: 10.7266/ejms49gs)
  • Satellite tag locations of Sea Turtles in Matagorda Bay from August 2019 through September 2021 (DOI: 10.7266/baf5em44)
  • WV-2 Habitat Map of West Matagorda Bay (DOI: 10.7266/ex6xqek7)
  • Nekton sampling of Matagorda Bay using an epibenthic sled (DOI: 10.7266/za5t4b91)
  • Matagorda Bay invertebrate sampling data from epibenthic sled tows March 2020 through June 2021 (DOI: 10.7266/2pn2bb92)
  • Mapping land cover area and width from 1850-2020 within West Matagorda Bay (DOI:10.7266/ZS2F74BJ)
  • Collection of macronekton, micronekton, zooplankton, primary producers, and shrimp for stable isotope analysis within Matagorda Bay (DOI: 10.7266/0h938447)
  • Monthly discrete hydrographic measurements of Matagorda Bay, Texas, USA from 2019-11-19 to 2021-10-19 (DOI: 10.7266/5V78H5A8)
  • Assessment of oyster habitat and trophic interactions in Matagorda Bay (DOI: 10.7266/n58d8qry)

Matagorda Story Map