Foundation News

Gulf Restoration Projects At Your Fingertips
GMF and partners in your community working for the Gulf

Project pages offer a window into what restoration practitioners are doing to improve the Gulf. Geared to everyone, find project information in plain English or review the technical reports.

Do you ever wonder what conservation and restoration really means for the Gulf of Mexico? What communities, agencies, and NGOs like the GMF are doing in the field? A walk through the GMF website offers some insight as to who the players are and how folks in your community are using available resources to make a difference. From Texas to the Florida Keys and Caribbean, communities like yours restore vital coastal landscapes through the Community-based Restoration Partnership (CRP). Common components of those projects include earth-moving to restore hydrology (the appropriate flows, cycles, and types of water), removal of invasive species, installation of desired species, and monitoring to determine success. Peruse CRP projects to see who is doing this in your neighborhood and how they do it. Most of the partner organizations welcome volunteers. Some GMF-sponsored projects are geared more to improving the practice of restoration. Running sea level rise (SLR) models offers a window to potential vulnerabilities and can aid resource managers in investing restoration dollars where they stand the best chance over time. Regional sediment planning pulls experts and information together to make wise use of dredged material and other sediment resources needed to rebuild deteriorating habitats. Legal experts, in partnership with the GMF, have developed policy recommendations to streamline restoration efforts. All these projects help the Gulf community to improve the game by working smarter and using limited restoration resources more efficiently. Read more about these projects on the GMF HCRT page.


Education & Training

New Curriculum Available
Focus on the endangered Whooping Crane

Students emulate whooping crane behavior as GMF Program Manager Suraida Nañez-James looks on.

PHOTO: Jason James

Do you know the story of the Whooping Crane’s migration? Did you know this endangered bird travels over 2,000 miles as it migrates back and forth from Texas to Canada? The Gulf of Mexico Foundation (GMF) in partnership with the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge as well as various other partners teamed up to create a fun and interactive “Let’s Migrate Like a Whooping Crane” game, song and dance. Students and educators alike have a great time learning about the Whooper’s long journey across the US through hands-on lessons and a catchy song and dance. As students “migrate” through the game and lessons, they learn about the dangers the Whooping Crane faces as it flies across the US as well as other important environmental issues affecting the population. The project was funded by the Texas General Land Office while the choreography time for the “Whoop” dance was donated by Jilissa Cotten, Owner of InStep Dance Studios. If you want to migrate like the Whooping Crane or learn the steps to the “Whoop” visit our GMF Multicultural Education and Resource webpage and download your copy of the curriculum today.


Conservation & Restoration

GMF Seeks Community-based Restoration Project Proposals
Proposals due August 30th

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation has more than 72 projects on the ground around the Gulf and Caribbean.

PHOTO: Lee County Parks & Recreation

Funding for the 2012 cycle of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation’s (GMF) Community-based Restoration Partnership (CRP) is now available. Download Guidelines (PDF). NOAA Trust Resources and the habitats that support them serve as the focus of this partnership. Applicants must clearly demonstrate that habitat restoration will result in a benefit to NOAA trust resources. These include living marine resources such as: commercial and recreational fishery resources (marine finfish and shellfish and their habitats) managed under fisheries management plans and/or protected, threatened and endangered marine species and their habitats (e.g., Gulf sturgeon, marine mammals, sea turtles, coral). The CRP has reached a milestone by providing grants for now more than 75 different projects in coastal areas throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Restoring a total of about 15,000 acres over the past decade, these CRP projects have improved a wide variety of habitat types, including coastal dunes, coral reefs, oyster reefs, marshes, seagrass beds, mangrove forests and artificial reefs. Funding from NOAA and the EPA make it possible for the GMF to provided more than $3 million to project leaders. Other partners have contributed an additional $5.5 million in funding, as well as 50,000 volunteer hours.


Making A Difference

Jim Gossen Introduces IWWE Participants to Louisiana Seafood
Seafood entrepreneur shows that fishing and fisheries management go hand in hand

GMF's Intracoastal Waterway Wetland Expedition takes teachers on a water adventure along the Texas and Louisiana Coasts.

ART: Ruben Saldaña

Gulf educators from the US and Mexico had the opportunity to see the Gulf of Mexico’s resources first hand as they visited Katie’s Seafood market in Galveston, TX. They were in awe as a snapper boat crew unloaded the day’s catch. Talk about fresh seafood! Nick Gutierrez, Manager of Katie’s Seafood took a moment from his busy schedule and spoke on the operations of selling/buying fresh seafood. Other guests on the tour included President/CEO of Louisiana Foods, Jim Gossen as well as PJ Stoops, one of Houston’s most knowledgeable purveyors of Gulf fish. They both addressed the issues of by-catch and what they are doing to help reduce or in their case use all that is caught by hosting delicious by-catch dinners through its successful “Total Catch Market” which introduces Houstonians to unusual and by-catch fish from the Gulf of Mexico. “This was such an eye-opening experience for me since as consumers we usually don’t know the back story of where our seafood comes from. I think my students will be very intrigued when I speak on this in class,” stated an elementary school teacher participant. All educators were part of a professional development Intracoastal Waterway Wetland Expedition offered by the Foundation every year. This year’s expedition was sponsored by ConocoPhillips and BP.


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