Galveston Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data Center Description
The Galveston laboratory is located on the site of the Historic Fort Crockett, one block from the Gulf of Mexico on Galveston Island, Texas, and is the only federal fisheries laboratory west of the Mississippi River on the gulf. picture of soldiersA high quality seawater system delivers as much as 50,000 gallons daily and supplies large tanks, aquaria and raceways for experiments on estuarine and marine organisms; this is the largest and most extensive federally operated sea water system in the southeastern United States. The lab occupies about 55,000 square feet of research and administrative space shared with Texas A&M University and the Texas Institute of Oceanography. It is equipped with two facilities for sea turtle research focused since 1978 on the endangered Kemp's Ridley; this is the only federal facility in the United States dedicated to captive rearing of sea turtles.