Aramco Americas has supported the Galveston Bay Foundation for more than a decade. Our sponsorships and volunteer support helps maintain the health of the Bay, the seventh-largest estuary in the United States and home to a variety of marine life, birds, and coastal vegetation.
Aramco volunteers worked with Galveston Bay Foundation to restore oyster reefs that were particularly hard-hit and damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The Oyster Shell Recycling Program repurposes oyster shells discarded from local seafood restaurants and uses the bagged shells to build new oyster reefs along the shores. Maintaining oyster reefs are vital in maintaining the Bay's ecosystem as they act as a filter to help remove nitrogen and phosphorous from the water.
Marsh Mania is Galveston Bay Foundation's signature community event connecting participants to the Bay and the importance of wetland habitats in a hands-on way to plant marsh grasses along the intertidal shorelines. Aramco has participated in marsh grass plantings and in 2021 served as the lead sponsor for the 23rd annual Marsh Mania event, providing volunteers to plant and help the organization achieve its goal of planting between 30,000 to 40,000 stalks of grasses.
Like trees, marsh grasses have many environmental benefits, including mitigating carbon emissions.