CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is using $650,000 in grant money to research the types and abundance of marine life at retired oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Saturday that the Harte Research Institute of Gulf of Mexico Studies received a $600,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and another $50,000 award from the Fondren Foundation. The money will fund diving expeditions and remote underwater cameras.
The cameras will help monitor sites in the western gulf so researchers can log the variety of marine life that inhabits artificial reefs on oil and gas platforms.
Researchers hope to use the findings to counter a federal government policy of removing the rigs after they are abandoned.