Marine biologist founded fisheries
lab, led research that changed field
Connie “C.R.” Arnold has been hailed as the “father of the Texas saltwater sport fishing restocking program” and is one of the most respected marine biologists in the nation.
He founded the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas and developed it into a world-class center for research on the captive spawning of marine fishes. For his contributions in the field, he received the Texas Aquaculture Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Arnold earned a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology in 1960 and a master’s degree in the same field in 1962 from Texas State. After receiving his doctorate in chemical oceanography from Texas A&M, Arnold went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
At the UT Marine Science Institute, where he worked for more than 20 years, he was the first holder of the Perry R. Bass Chair in Fisheries and Mariculture. Under his direction, his laboratory became the first to spawn redfish and speckled sea trout in captivity. He laid the foundation for one of the most successful stock-enhancement programs in the history of fisheries management.
The university will recognize five new Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming this week. With the newest honorees, Texas State has now presented its most prestigious award to 169 graduates since the first was given to Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson in 1959.