Press Room

The Texas State Aquarium provides the media with interesting stories that involve conservation issues, community issues, education issues, rehabilitation issues, and general interest stories.

Contact Us

Jennifer Vela
Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Communications

Carla Swallow
Marketing and Communications Specialist

Marketing & Communications Office
2710 North Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78402


Donation Requests

Donation requests must be submitted on the organization’s letterhead with complete contact information provided. To submit a request, fill out our online Donation Request form. 


Press Releases

The Texas State Aquarium provides the media with interesting stories that involve conservation, community issues, education, wildlife rescue, and more.

Click here for the latest stories on the Texas State Aquarium.


  • Photo / Video Guidelines 

    Taking photos or video for editorial purposes

    Anyone can take photos and video inside the Aquarium for their private, personal use only. For safety reasons, use of tripods or monopods is prohibited. Media should contact the Communications department in advance to arrange to shoot photos and videos that will be used with articles and programs that include the Texas State Aquarium. There are some restrictions on use of tripods and supplemental lighting, which Communications staff can explain.

    Taking photos or video for commercial purposes

    Taking photos or video for commercial purposes, including for stock images, commercial products and other commercial purposes is prohibited without prior authorization from the Communications department. If permission is granted, payment of location fee may be involved, depending on the scope of the project.

    Providing photos for editorial projects

    The Aquarium maintains an extensive library of high-resolution images that are available to members of the media for use with stories about the Aquarium. We make these available to media at no charge in our online Photo Gallery

    Location filming/photography at the Aquarium

    We consider each location request on an individual basis, and fees may be charged for shooting. Requests can be accommodated only if they do not conflict with scheduled Aquarium events.

    Photo Consent 

    By entering, you consent to your voice and photography being used without compensation in any and all media and marketing materials, and you release the Texas State Aquarium from any liability of usage.

  • Press Visits

    All interviews with Aquarium employees will be arranged through the Communications department.

    Here’s practical information to help you plan a press trip or your story about the Aquarium:

    Assistance for Visiting Media

    We’ll assist with story development and logistics, even help with suggestions and access to resources if you’re covering other aspects of the story in the Corpus Christi area. We can also provide high-resolution images for use with your story. Contact the Communications department.

    Passes for Visiting Media

    We offer complimentary admission to working journalists on assignment. Contact our Communications department in advance of your visit to make arrangements.

    News Releases by Email

    We send news releases and updates to journalists on an opt-in basis. Contact our Communications department to have your email address added to our distribution list.

    Photo and Video Guidelines

    All Aquarium visitors can take photos and video for their private, personal use only. For safety reasons, use of tripods or monopods is prohibited. Taking photos or video, including for stock images and other commercial purposes, is prohibited unless authorized in advance by the Public Relations department. For media, there are also some restrictions on use of tripods and supplemental lighting. If you’re planning a photo or video shoot as part of a story about the Aquarium, please review our Photo and Video Guidelines, and contact the Communications department in advance to make arrangements.

    Location Shoots at the Aquarium

    On a case-by-case basis, we’ll consider requests to film scenes for a movie, TV show, or commercial, or to photograph an advertisement at the Aquarium. We may charge fees for location shooting, but please contact the Communications department for more information.