All life on Earth relies on the ocean— yet, the ocean is 95 percent unexplored, unknown and unseen by human eyes…
On 20 April 2016, I was in Houston for meetings when I learned that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was hosting a public open house to answer questions that very day; what an opportunity!
Abigail Ross Hooper, Director of BOEM was to be there and no doubt many of the offshore industry business leaders would be there. I anticipated that anti-offshore drilling protestors would be there. I was not disappointed, all the actors attended and it was an interesting experience.
Sail the open seas and discover the Gulf’s ecological wonders first-hand on two unforgettable expeditions that will leave you with a renewed love of science. Once again, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation will take teachers and environmental educators aboard a live vessel for observation, investigation, and collaboration. Whether your interest lies below the Gulf’s surface, in diving its vibrant coral reefs, or in exploring its diverse coastal habitats, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation can provide you with the educational adventure you seek in 2016. Since 1996, participants have rated Down Under Out Yonder and the Intracoastal Waterway Wetland Expedition among their best-ever professional development experiences.
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation has spearheaded a unique career training program that is so impactful that partners are clamoring for more. Partnering with the Texas Conservation Corps (TXCC), an Austin, Texas nonprofit that provides paying service opportunities for youth at a time in life when they are considering their careers, the Foundation provides eager young minds with a college-level introduction to coastal habitat restoration, the importance of it, and the career opportunities within this growing, green jobs field. After a week in close quarters with a team of experienced professionals, many participants leave it seriously considering careers in habitat restoration and conservation.
Mangroves are among the most valuable ecosystems worldwide but are being depleted rapidly. Four mangrove restoration projects were just completed that, together, restored or enhanced 453 acres of mangroves along the Mexican Gulf Coast. Leading Mexican restoration practitioners, each addressing unique environmental challenges, have developed and proven innovative techniques that produce lasting results, which prompted the Foundation to make this investment. Moreover, they formed a partnership that seeks to advance mangrove restoration opportunities in Mexico. Their successful and cost-effective techniques will be of great interest to other practitioners. Five marvelous videos are now available that demonstrate, in everyday English and beautiful imagery, the challenges, the methods, and the communities that have been impacted in a powerful way.
First Forum March 2015: Dredging Technology: Advancement and Techniques for Using Sediments for Coastal Restoration Dredging contractors and habitat restoration […]
A groundbreaking scientific study currently underway is testing prescribed fire as a management technique for helping endangered coastal habitats adapt to sea level rise over time. Coastal wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate along the Gulf of Mexico coast for a variety of reasons, including a rate of relative sea level rise higher than the global average. With support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Gulf of Mexico Foundation (GMF), scientists are on a mission to discover if reintroducing fire to coastal ecosystems will enhance biodiversity and assist marshes in migrating inland as shorelines recede.
Play golf, make connections, and support the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. Together we work to ensure a productive and sustainable Gulf for generations to come. The interactive and informative sessions at Deepwater Operations 2015 provide the perfect forum to share insights, ideas, and solutions across the deepwater arena so that you and your organization may benefit. Tee off the conference with a round of golf at Moody Gardens!
TEXAS CLEAN-UPS TO BE HELD SEPT. 26th
Individuals across the globe celebrated the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 19 by hitting the beaches to collect trash. With more than 13,000 miles covered and 16 million pounds of trash collected, volunteers came across some odd finds, and statistics revealed the shocking truth about marine debris, or beach litter.
Topsides, Platforms & Hulls 2015 will feature a variety of networking opportunities designed to connect you with key companies and decision makers. From networking receptions to delegate lunches, special conference sessions, and a golf tournament . . .
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest CEO Council member. Statoil is an international energy company with 23,000 employees and operations in 36 countries. Statoil is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway, and operates its Gulf of Mexico activities out of its North American offices in Houston, Texas.
The Deepwater Operations Golf Tournament is nearly here. It will take place at Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston, Texas, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The beneficiary charity will be the Gulf of Mexico Foundation . . .
The GMF is rolling out a new habitat restoration tool at the National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration coming up November 1st-6th in Washington D.C. The GEMS Restoration Portal will be a new online platform that provides data and other useful information to help plan and execute better restoration projects. Program Manager, Mike Smith and Dr. John Wood, Harte Research Institute GIS Research Associate, will roll out the beta version at the conference.
Oyster harvesting in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay may shut down entirely for an extended period of time resulting in an even further scarcity of Gulf oysters in the marketplace if new restrictions are put in place by a Florida state agency.
Hundreds of miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, an oil rig creaks and sways. It’s been fixed in place for decades and is reaching the end of its working lifespan. Rising 20 stories above the ocean surface, its windswept surfaces are barren and desolate. But underwater, the landscape couldn’t be more different: parrotfish are flitting between corals flushed in vibrant pinks and yellows.
Pennwell Publishing will be holding its Topsides Golf Tournament in Galveston, Texas, in February 2015 in conjunction with its Topsides 2015 conference. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation will be a beneficiary.
Sitting around a u-shaped conference table at the historic Hotel Gavez on Galveston Island, Top Chef Texas winner Chef Paul Qui joined 11 other Gulf chefs and a dozen other seafood industry leaders to quiz and question a local fisherman on how better communications could be established between the water and the plate.
Rigs to Reefs: Towers of Life explores the hot topic of artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and the constant battle to balance the ecology and economy of our Gulf resources. This 26-minute documents the beauty and abundance of life on rig structures while bringing to light the need for collaborative
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation welcomes Nexen to our family of supporters. Nexen is an upstream oil and gas company responsibly developing energy resources in the UK North Sea, offshore West Africa, the United States and Western Canada. A wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, Nexen has three principal businesses: conventional oil and gas, oil sands and shale gas.
We’re delighted to announce that EXMAR Offshore has joined the GMF family at the $10,000 Gulf Champion level. EXMAR Offshore provides a wide and complex set of services in the marine oil and gas field that includes engineering, construction, and operations of offshore facilities. The company has decades of experience in ownership and operation of drilling rigs, floating production facilities, offshore accommodations and service vessels, to name just some of the services that the company offers.
The GMF has been selected for the prestigious Coastal America Partnership Award for its Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership (GCRP). The GCRP has worked with communities for more than a decade to restore more than 15, 000 acres of coastal habitat in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. According to the Coastal America Director, Virginia Tippie, this award is the highest-level award given by the federal government for coastal restoration.
Gulf of Mexico Foundation :: Inaugural Golf Tournament SAVE THE DATE GULF OF MEXICO FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION IS […]
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – JULY 3, 2012 – The Gulf of Mexico Foundation (GMF) announces the launch of a new educational curriculum called Let’s Migrate Like The Whooping Crane! GMF Education Program Manager, Suraida Nañez-James worked on the curriculum for nearly a year.
GULF OF MEXICO – JUNE 25, 2012 –
• GOMA meeting held in Corpus Christi, Tx.
• Joides Resolution Expedition Vessel
• Public-Private Restoration Venture
• Foundation Support Growing
GULF OF MEXICO – June 14, 2012 – Read Education Program Manager, Suraida Nanez-James IWWE blog by clicking http://gmfexpeditions.blogspot.com/
GULF OF MEXICO – June 12, 2012 – Day 1 of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation’s Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Expedition (IWWE) was terrific. The day included the exploration of Louisiana wetlands full of gators, river otters,and fish, oh my! In case you haven’t heard the news, GMF Education Program Manager, Suraida Nañez-James is guiding more than 20 teachers from Mexico, Texas and Louisiana on a five day expedition along a portion of the Gulf of Mexico.
GULF OF MEXICO – June 11, 2012 – The 2012 summer class Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Expedition (IWWE) officially set sail on Sunday, June 10th. GMF education program manager, Suraida Nañez-James is guiding more than 20 teachers from Mexico, Texas and Louisiana on the five day expedition. IWWE takes educators on an exploration aboard a live-aboard vessel up the Intracoastal Waterway from Texas to Louisiana.
GULF OF MEXICO – MAY 28, 2012 –The Gulf of Mexico Foundation Education Program Manager, Suraida Nañez-James is currently taking part in the JOIDES Resolution (The JR) scientific research vessel annual expedition. Follow the Joides Resolution Blog for the latest information on their exciting expedition.
Corpus Christi, Texas – MAY 22, 2012 – he Gulf of Mexico Foundation Education Program Manager, Suraida Nanez-James recently spoke with more than 50 second graders at Mireles Elementary School in Corpus Christi, Texas.
CORPUS CHRISTI – MARCH 24, 2012 – – Join us for the next Oyster Reef Building Event this Saturday, April 28th from 8:30am-11:30am! We will be helping build an educational oyster reef with the Harte Research Institute on Goose Island State Park!