Coastal & Marine Resources

For information about the CARES Act (courtesy of the National Sea Grant Law Center) for commercial fishermen, click on the links below:

EnglishCARES Act Tip Sheet for Texas Commercial Fishermen

SpanishHoja de Consejos de la Ley CARES para Pescadores Comerciales de Texas

VietnameseBảng hướng dẫn Đạo luật CARES cho ngư dân thương mại Texas. *Đạo luật CARES: Đạo luật Hỗ trợ, cứu trợ và đảm bảo an ninh kinh tế trong đại dịch Corona


For information about the CARES Act (courtesy of the National Sea Grant Law Center) for fishing guides, click here.




For many Texans, Matagorda is a popular destination for sport fishing, birding, hunting, and beach days. Matagorda Bay is a nutrient-rich estuary making it a great area for fish and wildlife to thrive. We are blessed to live in a county filled with unique outdoor opportunities and marine resources. Our slice of the Texas Gulf Coast is a vital economic and natural resource for Matagorda County, as well as for the state of Texas.

Howdy! I’m Nicole Pilson. I began my time as the Matagorda County Extension Agent for Coastal & Marine Resources in September of 2019. Before working for the county, I worked for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department- Coastal Fisheries out of Palacios as a Fish & Wildlife Technician for a couple of years. I earned my B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston (’14) and my M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University (’16). Other than going away for college, I’ve lived in Sugar Land, TX my whole life before moving to Palacios in December of 2017.

This area has really become my home and I’m excited to learn more about it as I grow in this position. I look forward to connecting with y’all and if you need anything, please feel free to contact me at



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