The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) covers 185,000 acres of coastal mangroves, prairies, wetlands, oak mottes and much more. Shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing and shipping are just a few of the activities that occur within the area. The new Mission-Aransas NERR will focus research, education and stewardship activities on this ecologically and economically important western Gulf of Mexico estuarine ecosystem.
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PHOTOS: Sally Morehead-Applebaum and John Williams
Marine Science Institute