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 . . .
The third edition of The Sponge Guide, a web-based, image-intensive key to the sponges of the Caribbean, was just released. Over 230 species-morphs are now represented in the guide, illustrated with over 2,100 images. And in this update, the authors include for the first time composite images of sponge skeletal elements (spicules and collagen fibers), which are important for the definitive identification of some sponge species.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has put out a wanted poster after a steady increase in illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Authorities say since October last year they have seized 28 illegal fishing launches or “lanchas” from the Gulf and retrieved 12 nautical miles of illegal long lines and gill nets. Gill nets are sometimes known as “the wall of death;” one found in 2012 dropped 30 feet down and had caught 17 greater hammerhead sharks among other species of
This film was created by students in Maui Huliau Foundation’s Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club. Inspired by Dr. Suess’s The Lorax, this claymation by our new middle school students uses 667 images to show how irresponsible shoreline development can impact our precious reef ecosystem.
Two years ago a car accident tried when it cost her the use of her legs, but this summer Pilot proved not even that could get in her way. She went to Belize on a school marine biology trip, making her the first paraplegic to do so. “Going abroad is going to be an experience for anyone,” Pilot said. “But for me it was an even bigger deal.” Belize, a small country about 1,200 miles away from Henderson on the coast of Central America, is home to the second largest coral reef in the
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.
Celebrate Kemp’s Ridley Conservation Day in Galveston, Texas May 10, 2014. This free, family event is an outdoor festival featuring a variety of turtle & marine-related activities, exhibits and crafts.
Artist Boat, a unique 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit located in Galveston, Texas, was awarded two grants to offer professional development training to oil and gas industry employees at no cost to the company. The Watershed Education Training (WET) includes a fun, hands-on, two-hour workshop and a four-hour kayak adventure on Galveston Bay based on the Eco-Art Adventure program the organization offers to school groups. The Stewardship Training in the Coastal Zone is a habitat restoration adventure and offers a “Bay Brown Bag” lunch session with fun, hands-on activities in a two-hour session.
Scientists have mapped a dramatic undersea cliff in the southern Gulf of Mexico that could hold clues to the ancient cosmic collision that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Stretching some 372 miles (600 kilometers) long with steep sides that rise about 13,100 feet (4,000 meters), the so-called Campeche Escarpment might rival a wall of the Grand Canyon in its splendor were it not underwater.
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.
The public is invited to participate in a national stakeholder webinar/call sponsored by NOAA on Wednesday, December 19, at 4:00 pm EST.
The purpose of the call is to help individuals, user groups, and communities understand the recent NOAA Fisheries proposal to list 66 coral species, including 59 in the Pacific and seven in the Caribbean, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). There will also be time for questions. The call-in information is listed below along with a link to the webinar. Please note that in order to view the presentation on Dec. 19, you must register for the webinar.
Built on rapidly sinking and collapsing Mississippi River delta lands, south Lafourche is battling one of the fastest rates of sea-level rise in the world. South Lafourche is a model for a problem that many other coastal communities will face in the future if sea-level rise continues, scientists said. The area is featured in a series of videos and stories on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website, Climate.gov. (excerpt from dailycomet.com
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to Help Rebuild the Gulf Coasts’ Ecosystems and Economies in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The public is invited to attend the first meeting of this group in Mobile, AL on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.
GULF OF MEXICO – AUGUST 1, 2012 – The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (GCERTF), established in October 2010 by President Obama, released its Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy on December 5, 2011. Executive Order 13554 charged the GCERTF to develop a holistic, long-term, science-based strategy for restoring the Gulf of Mexico.
GULF OF MEXICO – JULY 13, 2012 – More than three thousand offshore oil and gas platforms currently stand in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal regulations have long required companies to remove everything from the sea once a well ceases production, and over the past several decades, hundreds of structures have been toppled into deep water or towed to shore to become scrap metal.
GULF OF MEXICO – JULY 12, 2012 – Since 2009, more than 200 jobs have been supported by our two Recovery Act-funded oyster restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. According to our partner, The Nature Conservancy, the projects have also restored five acres of oyster reefs.
GULF OF MEXICO – JULY 11, 2012 – Recreational fishermen heading to the Gulf of Mexico face a conundrum if they want to hook a red snapper.