Foundation News

Gulf of Mexico Foundation Corporate Support Continues to Expand
FMC Technologies joins the GMF

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation is pleased to announce that FMC Technologies, Inc. has become a member at the Gulf Protector level. FMC Technologies, Inc., pledged $10,000 per annum to help support the work of the Foundation in its restoration and education/outreach efforts to preserve the Gulf of Mexico. Our goal is to ensure a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico for now and for the long-term future. FMC Technologies, Inc., is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the industry, and was named by Fortune Magazine as the World’s Most Admired Oil and Gas Equipment Service Company in 2012. The company designs, manufactures, and services technologically sophisticated systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry. Health, safety and environmental performance are core values of the company. On behalf of the entire organization, President and CEO of the Foundation, Dr. Quenton Dokken, welcomes FMC Technologies, Inc., as a corporate member. We are excited at the opportunities presented by this partnership.


Walter Oil & Gas Boosts Support as GMF's Newest CEO Council Member
GMF member steps up financial commitment

We are also delighted to announce that Walter Oil and Gas Corporation has increased its membership in the Gulf of Mexico Foundation to the CEO Council level. The company has been a loyal corporate member of the GMF at the Gulf Protector level for some time. This increased financial commitment to the GMF at the $25,000 CEO Council level is greatly appreciated. In addition, we look forward to the knowledge and support that Walter Oil and Gas Corporation will bring to our CEO Council. Walter Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent company that provides oil and gas drilling and production services. It owns and operates subsea oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was founded in 1981. Its operations are focused mostly in three core areas of Texas: the Texas Gulf Coast, North Central Texas “Barnett Shale,” and West Central Texas “Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin.” “Jim Looke, Vice President, and the folks at Walter Oil and Gas Corporation have supported us with financial resources, their oil and gas field expertise, and their enthusiasm, and we are looking forward to their expanded role on the Foundation’s CEO Council,” said Quenton Dokken, President and CEO of the Foundation.


Education & Training

Caribbean Partners Provide Support for GMF Educator Expeditions
Teachers may apply for opportunity

Group poses for a picture after discussing future partnership projects between GMF and VI-EPSCoR. (Left to Right) VI Educator Jesus Espinosa, GMF Education Program Manager Suraida Nañez-James, Assistant Director of VI-EPSCoR Nicolas Drayton, GMF Deputy Director Ryan Fikes

Are Caribbean reefs the same as the reefs in the Flower Gardens Bank? If not, how are they different? These are the questions that our first DUOY (Down under, Out Yonder) participant from the U.S. Virgin Islands will communicate with his/her teacher peers in July 2013. Gulf of Mexico Foundation partners from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands will be sponsoring a teacher from the VI that will be chosen through a competitive application process. GMF and VI-EPSCoR have successfully partnered in the past on conservation efforts to restore coastal marine habitats and to preserve marine life in these habitats. "Now we are joining forces for education and outreach efforts and exchange opportunities for educators." stated Suraida Nañez-James, Education Program Manager. The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea are connected and inextricably share a common link in their coastal and marine environments; it is the Foundation's hope that this select teacher will share the Caribbean perspective with all DUOY participants . For more information on applying to our coral reef expedition please go to our website and download an application today.


Conservation & Restoration

2013 Community-based Restoration Projects Announced for the Gulf
Four new projects added to GCRP portfolio

Photo showing area on back side of Deer Island where intertidal oyster reef habitat will be restored in 2013. Erosion control technologies, including reef development, will be implemented in this location in order to reduce wave action along 1,600 linear feet of shoreline, protecting an additional 7 acres of sensitive wetland habitat.

This month the Gulf of Mexico Foundation is excited to announce and kick off our 12th year of the Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership (GCRP). This year we are delighted to announce that we have funded four habitat restoration projects, which is thanks to support from the NOAA Restoration Center and the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, both long-term GMF partners. The following projects received funding: 1) Oyster Reef Restoration in Texas: Enhancing Walter Filtration Capacity (Texas A&M; University-Corpus Christi, $80,000); 2) Habitat Restoration Racoon Island, Isles Denieres Barrier Island Refuge using Gulf Saver/Dune Saver Bags (Restore The Earth Foundation, Inc., $100,000); 3) Seagrass Restoration & Protection on Horn Island, Mississippi (The Nature Conservancy of Mississippi, $54,998); and 4) Deer Island Restoration Project Phase II (Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, $55,040). These new projects will result in the restoration of vital habitat for both commercially and recreationally important coastal species, assist in improving water quality in estuaries, and further reduce erosion along our estuarine shorelines. To read more about the new projects, or to find out more information about the GCRP, please visit our website.


Making A Difference

Gulf of Mexico Program Seeks Nominations for Gulf Guardian Awards
EPA program recognizes exemplary efforts


The EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program partnership developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and organizations that are taking extraordinary steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. The Gulf Guardian Award recipients exemplify what the Gulf of Mexico Program partnership is all about; innovative solutions that come about when we pool resources and look for creative ways to positively impact our quality of life and economic well being on the Gulf of Mexico. For the year 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Program will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for the following seven (7) categories: Business & Industry, Environmental Justice/Cultural Diversity, Civic/Non-Profit Organizations, Partnerships, Youth Environmental Education, Individual, & Bi-National Partnerships. All 21 winners in these seven different categories will be rewarded with the Gulf Guardian Memento, extensive press coverage on their project and achievements, and recognition by their peers at a special Gulf Guardian Awards ceremony. Nominations must be received on or before March 8, 2013. To download a nomination application for 2013, go to the Gulf of Mexico Program's website.


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