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How Can You Help?    

The Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research will financial rely upon sources of support through sponsored research, extramural grants, gifts and donations.

You can help support Gulf sea turtles and the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research by

1) Donating directly to the Center Online

  • To donate online using a credit card, go to
    • Enter "TAMU Galveston Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research" (Section 1).
    • Fill in the amount of donation
    • Fill in the name and address information (for the tax receipting) and the credit card information (Section 2)
    • Choose additional options in Section 3

2) Donating directly to the Center by Check

  • Donate by check
    • Please, make the check payable to:
      • Texas A&M University at Galveston

and mail it to 

  • Texas A&M University at Galveston
    Attn: Development Office – Alice Maffay
    P.O. Box 1675
    Galveston, TX 77553-1675

    Please, include "Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research" on the memo line. 

3) Purchasing the Texas Sea Turtle Specialty license plate. Beginning April 29th, 2019, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will be offering a Texas Sea Turtle Specialty License plate that will generate revenue to support the new Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research and its activities.

There are 3 ways to purchase the new sea turtle specialty plate:

A. Apply in person at their county tax office with application form VTR-999 (if plates are applied for in person at the county tax office and the county registers the new plates to the vehicle, the plates will be mailed directly to the customers address on file)

B. Mail the form VTR-999 to their local county tax office (submitting the form by mail, the county may not register the plates to the vehicle.  The plates will be shipped to the customers main county tax office 3 to 4 weeks from processing)

C.  Apply online at the customer if ordering for a trailer or motorcycle will need to collapse the “organizations” listing of plates indicated at the left of the page and open the list of plates for motorcycle or trailers.


Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Sea Turtle Specialty License Plate.

The cost of the Texas Sea Turtle Specialty license plate is $30, and the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research will receive $22 of the $30 fee collected for every set of plates sold and renewed annually. The fee is $70 for a personalized plate in addition to the customers registration fees.  Additional fees may be collected to establish a single expiration date for both the specialty plates and the vehicle registration. 

As specialty license plate sales increase, it is the intent of the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research to use the revenue to establish a Texas Sea Turtle Grants Program, with the goal to foster sea turtleresearch within the State of Texas by supporting graduate student projects as well as directly.

4) In light of the recent announcement that NOAA will be closing down its Galveston laboratory sea turtle rehabilitation hospital, a new sea turtle rehabilitation facility on the upper Texas coast is needed. Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) proposes to construct a Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital on its campus to fulfill this need.

The facility would provide a number of services to the upper Texas coast sea turtle community, which include playing a significant role in in the Texas Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network by providing expertise in rehabilitation and release of live-stranded sea turtles.

If you would like to donate to our Capital Campaign to construct a new Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital you can find more information here:
Donations should indicate that funds should be directed to the “Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital.”


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Contact Us:

Dr. Christopher D. Marshall

Department of Marine Biology

200 Seawolf Parkway
Galveston, Texas 77554
Bld# 3029, Office 253

Phone: 409-740-4884