Who we are
The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) is the first research center in the western Gulf of Mexico dedicated to providing key science-based information that supports sustainable management of the multibillion-dollar recreational fishery that flourishes along the Gulf Coast.
Our Mission & Vision
The focus of the CSSC, located at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is to provide scientific data for sustainable management of our marine fisheries and ocean resources to ensure healthy environments. Our research program is diverse but currently focuses on migration patterns of marine life using a variety of tracking devices; how marine animals interact with their habitats; and the vital role that estuaries and nearshore waters play in sustaining marine populations.
Since the formation, the CSSC has expanded rapidly and formed many key partnerships with the general public and private and State/Federal Agencies. This support and growth coupled with HRI’s leadership in fisheries sciences around the Gulf with its unique interdisciplinary research teams has allowed the CSSC and its scientists to become recognized leaders in fisheries conservation and management across the Gulf of Mexico and nationally.
Coastal Conservation Association donates $500,000 of foundational funding to establish the CSSC at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. HRI contributes more than $300,000 to build an offshore research vessel, and provide state-of-the-art laboratory space, facilities, vehicles, and other equipment.
The CSSC is approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents with the goal of providing the research needed to make informed decisions in the management of fisheries and conservation.
Why sport fishing?
Recreational fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States and an essential part of the lifestyle in many Gulf Coast communities. That love of the outdoors also translates into big business: America’s 11 million saltwater anglers have a $63 billion economic impact annually and generate 440,000 jobs nationwide. Conservation of our marine resources through sound science is an essential part of keeping America fishing, and that's our mission here at the CSSC.