Welcome to the Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Offices located in Houston, Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas, and with a sub-office in Alamo, Texas. Over an area of 68 counties along coastal Texas, our offices work to protect federally listed threatened and endangered species as well as federal trust resources such as wetlands, migratory birds, and interjurisdictional fish.
Last Remaining Native Mussel in New Mexico Proposed for Protection Under the Endangered Species Act
August 2016 Once abundant throughout rivers in southern New Mexico and the Rio Grande basin in Texas and Mexico, the Texas hornshell, a freshwater mussel, has experienced a dramatic decline. Today, it is the only native mussel remaining in New Mexico and is scarce in Texas, occupying only 15% of its historical U.S. range. After thoroughly reviewing the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to protect the mussel as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We are seeking comments on the proposed listing until October 11, 2016.