Protection and Restoration of a Bird Nesting Island in Aransas Bay

Recipient: The University of Texas at Austin

Federal Funding: $4,000,000

Summary: This project will protect and restore a three-acre island in Aransas Bay that provides critical nesting habitat for hundreds of pairs of colonial nesting waterbirds, such as pelicans and egrets, important to the ecological resilience of the bay. The project will also support the recruitment and growth of oyster larvae, resulting in the development of an oyster reef complex that will create habitat for recreationally and commercial fish species.

For more information on the Office for Coastal Management grant program funding this project, please visit the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law webpage.