Perry R. Bass Marine Fisheries Research Center

Palacios, Texas

Introduction: The Science staff at the Perry R. Bass Marine Fisheries Research Station (PRBMFRS) is divided into two groups, the genetics staff and the life history staff. The genetics staff consists of a lead geneticist and three genetics biologists. The life history group is composed of a lead biologist, who is also the Facility Director, a biologist, two fish and wildlife technicians, and a laboratory technician. The genetics group utilizes genetic markers for species identification and to analyze genetic variability and population subdivision within marine species of interest. The life history group examines age and growth and reproductive characteristics of marine fish. Together, the two groups function to provide specialized information about marine fish stocks needed to manage Texas’ marine resources effectively. Many of the projects at the PRBMFRS are partially funded by the U. S. Department of the Interior, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. The station also currently houses a fish ageing program funded by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and administered by TPWD. The following is a synopsis of past, current and planned research at the PRBMFRS.

Population Genetics Research Program

The function of the population genetics laboratory at Perry R. Bass Marine Fisheries Research Station (PRBMFRS) is to apply genetic techniques to answer questions raised by fishery managers of the Coastal Fishery Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Life History Research Program

The purpose of the life history program at the Perry R. Bass Marine Fisheries Research Station is to investigate sport fish population and life history parameters that cannot be adequately addressed using routine monitoring data. Studies may be coast-wide, or may be restricted to a single bay system. For the past ten years much of the work has concentrated on age, growth, and the development of age-length keys which are used in population assessments. Other areas receiving considerable attention involve reproductive biology, stocking program evaluation, special problems, and a cooperative fish ageing program with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC).

Perry R. Bass Marine Fisheries Research Station

Palacios Texas

(361) 972-5483


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