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YEAR 2004 - CRP Project #3007 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #3007
Goose Island Marsh Restoration

Rockport, Texas

Goose Island project map - click to enlarge
Phase I (shoreline stabilization) and Phase II (marsh restoration) of the
Goose Island project in south Texas.

Project name: #3007 - Goose Island Marsh Restoration
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)
Grantee: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Project location: Rockport, Texas
Grant period: Jan 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021 (extended to Aug 31, 2021)
Grant amount: $45,000
Land Ownership: Goose Island and adjacent submerged lands are publicly owned by the Texas General Land Office. Goose Island is part of the Goose Island State Park, managed and operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
Lat/Long: 25°54’ N, 97°26’ W
Types of Habitat: coastal marsh and open water
Project leader: Kay Jenkins
Program Specialist
6300 Ocean Dr., NRC #2501
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 825-3245 phone
(361) 825-3248 fax

Species To Benefit From Restoration:

  • red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
  • spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)
  • black drum (Pogonias cromis)
  • southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
  • sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)
  • eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica)
  • blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)

Acres of Habitat To Be Restored:
The created marsh site would be 22 acres in size with 17 acres of it being planted with smooth cordgrass and the remaining 5 acres left as open water to provide marine animal ingress and egress within the restored nursery habitat. The project would restore 22 acres of coastal marsh including 17 acres of smooth cordgrass marsh (Spartina alterniflora) and 5 acres of open water.  The project would also enhance approximately 20 acres of oyster reef habitat, including existing live oyster reefs, by reducing turbidity in the bay through the construction of the marsh site.  Funding requested from this partnership would be used to create and plant 35,000 square feet of high marsh and 28,000 square feet of low marsh (smooth cordgrass marsh) on the containment levees surrounding the marsh creation site.

Project Description:

The project is located within Goose Island State Park on the southern tip of Lamar Peninsula, 12 miles northeast of Rockport in Aransas County, Texas. The park currently has an eroding shoreline approximately one mile long on the Aransas Bay (southern) side.

To address the continued shoreline erosion problem along the unprotected shoreline of Goose Island, a study was completed in August 2003 and the resulting project is now in the final engineering and permitting phases.

Phase I:
In phase one of the project, a containment levee and an offshore rock breakwater approximately 2,000 to 4,400 feet long will be constructed in the fall of 2004 to stabilize the southern shoreline of Goose Island. This is the phase of the project that the Gulf of Mexico Foundation/NOAA CRP grant will fund.

Phase II:
Phase two of the project, the marsh restoration component, would restore intertidal emergent marsh on the north side of the island by raising the elevation of submerged land with up to 60,000 cubic yards of dredge material from two nearby boat channels.

Project Goals:

  • Restore wetland habitats that are integral parts of the Texas Gulf coast and the Aransas Bay estuarine ecosystems
  • Construct a 22-acre marsh site on the north side of the island
  • Raise site’s submerged land to an elevation suitable for supporting smooth cordgrass marsh with dredge material from two nearby boat channels
  • Plant 17 acres of the created marsh site with Spartina alterniflora in a community-based effort.
  • Restore marsh habitat behind breaches that have formed in the island to reduce wave energy and erosive forces and improve water quality in the bay behind the island
  • Involve the local community and visitors, either through direct participation in the restoration efforts or through monitoring and educational outreach efforts during and following the marsh restoration

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Map of project location - click to enlarge
Map of project location

Habitat loss due to erosion - click to enlarge
Comparison of Goose Island between 1969 and 1995 showing habitat loss due to erosion.

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NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program

Neptune Harbor Canal and Property Owners Association

Texas General Land Office

Friends of Goose Island

Five-Star Restoration Program

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

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