Coastal Marine

John P. O’Connell Texas A&M AgriLife of Brazoria County’s Coastal Marine Resources Agent and Sea Grant Agent, provides consultation and educational programs in the areas of Fresh and Salt Water Education, Water Conservation, and educates through the Texas Friendly Hospitality Programs.    He is also the Monofilament Recovery Program coordinator for the State of Texas.  Agent O’Connell is one of the dual Texas Master Naturalist, Cradle of Texas Chapter advisers, working in conjunction with Texas Parks and Wildlife.  He has hosted Advanced Bat training for the Master Naturalists, Bat programs at the Brazoria County Libraries, Pond Management Seminars as well as Fishing Tournament Directors Workshops.

At Brazoria County you will find that our marine resources are vast and impressive.  With more than 27 miles of coastline and two major rivers, we are blessed with the bounty of the sea and an abundance of fresh water.  More than 200 active Master Naturalists have been trained and annually contribute over 12,000 hours to educate more than 3,000 students about these vast resources.

If you have any questions concerning programs that Agent O’Connell hosts, or would like to schedule a session with him, please contact John at (979)864-1558 or email him at

Monofilament Recovery Program

Texas Aquaculture

Aquatic Vegetation (Pond Weeds)

Sea Buoys in Galveston Bay

Surf Cam at Surfside Beach

Texas Master Naturalist

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Texas Sea Grant College Program

Texas Water Supply

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center

Texas Beach Watch – Bacteria Counts

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