Sea Center Texas is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The mission of TPWD is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Mission of Sea Center Texas is to produce marine fish for stocking Texas waters, to promote conservation of coastal resources for the benefit of present and future generations and to conduct research.
Sea Center Texas, which opened in 1996, is a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art marine finfish hatchery, aquarium and education center developed through a partnership between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Dow Chemical Company, and the Coastal Conservation Association. Each year over 50,000 visitors are entertained and educated by the facility's 75,000 gallons of aquariums, interactive touch tank display, wetlands exhibit, youth fishing pond, and hatchery. Additionally, the hatchery annually produces some 15 million red drum and spotted seatrout fingerlings for release into Texas coastal waters.