Baffin Bay Study Group

Next meeting will be held in April 16 2014, at 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in the Harte Research Institute Building, Room 127.

The Baffin Bay Group was formed by the local community to bring together scientist, natural resource managers, guides, and other bay users to support interests in resolving Baffin Bay water quality and biological productivity concerns. The first meeting of the group was held on August 2, 2012, in response to fish kills that occurred around the mouth of Baffin Bay where it meets the Upper Laguna Madre. CBBEP, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies gathered together to discuss the fish kills, water quality problems, and food web changes in the bay. Since the first meeting, the group has grown to include not only researchers and state agencies, but commercial fisherman, recreational fisherman, hotel/B&B owners, citizens living on Baffin Bay, ranchers, business owners, federal and local agencies, and other interested stakeholders. The group meets roughly every 3 to 4 months to discuss issues related to Baffin Bay, ongoing research, planned projects, and ways to help fund these initiatives.

The groups charge is to identify the issues in Baffin Bay, characterize the problems, and develop solutions. By bringing stakeholders together to communicate about water quality and biological productivity in Baffin Bay, we ensure a collaborative effort and keep everyone on the same page as to the direction that research and management decisions are being made.

Below are meeting summaries, presentations and other reports on Baffin Bay. For more information on the Baffin Bay Study Group, contact the Chair Jace Tunnell at or the Co-Chair Scott Murray at

Living on the Edge: Baffin Bay Group: Sampling, studying water quality. Read this for a quick overview of the situation at Baffin Bay, and the group's goals.

Read David Sikes' Caller-Times column on Brown Tide and Baffin Bay.

Jace Tunnell Coastal Issues Forum Presentation March 4, 2013

Mike Wetz Coastal Issues Forum Presentation March 4, 2013

Current Sampling and Research List

Baffin Bay Scientific Reports

TPWD Baffin Bay and ULM Emaciated Black Drum Report April 2013

The incised valley of Baffin Bay, Texas: A tale of two climates 2010

Insights on a Proposed Mid-Holocene Highstand Along the Nortwestern Gulf of Mexico from the Evolution of Small Coastal Ponds 2009

Dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium as a nitrogen link, versus dentrification as a sink in a shallow estuary (Laguna Madre/Baffin Bay) 2002

Hydrologic Conditions in an Agricultural Area in Kleberg and Nueces Counties (1996-1998) 2001

Analysis of Agricultural NonPoint Source Runoff to Baffin Bay and its Possible Effects on the Brown Tide Phytoplankton Bloom 1999

Incorporation of Brown Tide into an Estuarine Food Web 1997

Current Status and Historical Trends of Brown Tide and Red Tide Phytoplankton Blooms in Corpus Christi Bay National Estuary Program Study Area 1996

Ecology of infaunal Mollusca in South Texas Estuaries 1995

Dwarf Surfclam Mulina Lateralis Populations and Feeding During the Texas Brown Tide Event 1993


Meeting Summaries:

Nov. 12, 2013

June12, 2013 See coverage Corpus Christi Caller-Times and KIII-TV.

February 13, 2013 November 14, 2012 October 4, 2012 August 23, 2012 August 2, 2012

Photo by Scott Murray