The Port Aransas Rod and Reel club recently honored Borderlands Research Institute Advisory Board Member James King with the “Conservationist of the Year” award for 2021. King also serves as President of the Port Aransas Conservancy, and has been actively involved in fighting various permits that are being sought for a huge industrial complex on Harbor Island, within the city limits of Port Aransas. If approved, project opponents say the industrial development would wreak havoc on the environmentally sensitive Aransas Pass inlet, which is the breeding grounds for millions of marine species.