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Sea a Difference – Funding for Shark Research
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 6:50 AM

Now through the end of July, AMOCO Federal Credit Union will be raising funds and awareness to benefit shark research for Texas A&M University at Galveston. This is the first year the credit union is partnering with the university, in the hopes of making a positive difference in marine wildlife.

Summer means "shark mania," and AMOCO has caught the shark fever. In addition to their "jawsome" summer campaign featuring low rates and special offers, AMOCO will be promoting shark research awareness with Prof. David Wells and the students at TAMUG.

Wells and the students at TAMUG are conducting shark research using electronic tagging technology for shark conservation. Tagging allows researchers to collect data on shark movements and habitat use, which is critical for identifying important areas of the ocean that different species preferentially utilize due to potential impacts and changes such as habitat destruction, climate change, and direct pollution caused from oil spills.

Tracking shark movement patterns will provide researchers with the data necessary to inform management of the important ocean areas that need protection. Protection will ensure healthy ecosystems in which sharks can feed and breed and will help keep the marine ecosystems in a balanced state.

Tina Foster, AMOCO’s vice president of culture and communications, organized the partnership. She felt connected to the university because their work is happening “in our very own backyard” (AMOCO is located in Galveston County). Foster was fascinated and felt more people should know about the research taking place at TAMUG.

With public donations, the TAMUG Marine Lab can continue tagging activities and further their research efforts on a variety of shark species. To contribute, please visit: give.am/supportTAMUG or any AMOCO branch to make a donation. Donations will be accepted until July 31.

AMOCO Federal Credit Union is a member-owned cooperative organization. AMOCO’s mission is: To Serve and Satisfy Our Members, and they have done just that for more than 78 years. AMOCO strives to provide the best products and services available to its members by offering low loan rates and little to no fees. For more information, please visit amocofcu.org.