The Gulf of Mexico Foundation is incorporated and receives 501(c)3 non-profit status.
GMF receives its first grant to direct the “Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program”
The Flower Garden Banks Fund is established in cooperation with NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program.
The first Flower Garden Teacher’s Cruise (later renamed “Down Under Out Yonder”) provides 21 high school teachers field learning experience aboard a 100-foot live vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
The first annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl regional competition, supported by GMF, is held at Texas A&M University.
GMF serves on the newly formed Communications Committee of the EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program.
GMF serves as a core member of the Texas Cyberways and Waterways education program.
GMF receives funding for and develops the “Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership” (GCRP), implementing the first year of restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
GMF receives funding to begin a multicultural “Science & Spanish Club Network” (SSCN), which is formalized as an educational network along the Texas and Mexican coastlines.
GMF receives first place in the Civic/Non-profit Organization category at the Gulf Guardian Awards.
GMF partners with the Harte Research Institute in planning the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit.
NOAA awards GMF with the Marine Stewardship and Sustainability Award in Washington, D.C.
The GCRP expands its efforts to the US Caribbean Territories.
GMF receives funding from EPA in support of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to develop and support a “Regional Restoration Coordination Team” (RRCT), which aims to address impediments to conservation and restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.
GMF receives funding from NOAA to support the “Habitat Conservation & Restoration Team” (HCRT, formerly RRCT) and expand efforts to include international projects with Mexico.
GMF receives Gulf Guardian Awards for the SSCN, as well as partner ConocoPhillips for the DUOY program.
GMF develops and holds inaugural cruise of the “Intracoastal Waterways Wetlands Expedition” (IWWE), which exposes teachers to the coastal habitat of the Gulf of Mexico through hands-on involvement.
GMF addresses watershed prioritization planning and evaluation in partnership with the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership.
GMF Celebrates its 20th Anniversary