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Gulf News Spring/Summer 2007
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 Quarterly newsletter from the Gulf of Mexico Foundation
© FRANKLIN VIOLA
NEWS
Foundation headquarters expand into new facilities
GMF new headquartersMay 2007 - The GMF moved its headquarters this month from the Port of Corpus Christi building to a five-room suite in a newly renovated building at 3833 S. Staples, Suite 214, in Corpus Christi, Texas. The owner of the new facilities, realtor Leon Loeb of Landlord Resources, generously donated the space to the GMF. The move was much needed, as it includes offices for each staff member and a conference room.
 
 
Dokken serves on Ultra Deepwater Advisory Committee
Dr. Quenton DokkenJune 2007 - The U.S. Secretary of Energy appointed the GMF's Executive Director Dr. Quenton Dokken to serve on the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee (UDAC). The committee provides advice to the Secretary of Energy on the development and implementation of activities related to ultra-deepwater natural gas and other petroleum resources. After attending his first committee meeting on June 21 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Dokken said, "The technology to advance offshore oil/gas exploration and production is amazing. As a UDAC advisor I will have the opportunity to keep environmental concerns in the front of the development effort."
 
GMF coordinates third RRCT meeting in Galveston
May 2007 - The GMF coordinated the third in a series of state-led Gulf of Mexico Alliance Regional Restoration Gulf of Mexico AllianceCoordination Team (RRCT) meetings May 22-24 in Galveston, Texas. Executive Director Quenton Dokken and staff members Kathryn Tunnell and Bobbi Reed participated in the workshop, which included more than 50 attendees, including eight representatives from Mexico. The conference focused on restoration and preservation activities in Texas, on preservation and coastal and habitat restoration efforts in Mexico, and on ways to implement the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Governors’ Action Plan as it relates to coastal and habitat restoration. The team is looking at ways to integrate activities and efforts between Mexico and the U.S. The next state-led RRCT workshop is scheduled for the week of August 20 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
 
Traveling display features new information, photos
GMF traveling display - photo by Franklin ViolaApril 2007 - GMF's Project Coordinator Kathryn Tunnell created a dynamic new traveling display for the Foundation, which can be folded up for easy transport. The display was featured at the 2007 GMF Board Meeting held in South Texas.
RIGHT: GMF's new traveling display.
Photo by Franklin Viola.
 
 
BOARD
Annual board meeting held in South Texas April 3-4
Dr Quenton Dokken presents outgoing president John LaRue with award April 2007 - The annual meeting of the GMF Board of Directors was held in Brownsville, Texas April 3-4. The meeting included an afternoon field trip to the Bahia Grande marine restoration project, presentations by local speakers and a reception and recognition awards ceremony honoring Mary Yturria and former presidents of the board. RIGHT: Dr. Quenton Dokken presents former GMF President John LaRue with an honorary award. Photo by Franklin Viola.
 
EDUCATION
Science & Spanish Club wins top environmental honor
May 2007 - Members of the GMF's Science & Spanish Club Network traveled to Austin on May 2 to receive the state’s highest environmental achievement — the Texas Environmental Excellence Award. The foundation is one of 12 winners statewide to be recognized with an award, presented by the Texas Department of Environmental Equality. Recognized in the youth category, the GMF earned the award for its extensive bilingual and cross-border youth outreach program through its Science and Spanish Club Network (SSCN). At the ceremony, a representative from the 3M Corporation presented the club with a grant of $2,500 to use for field trips. READ MORE
 
Workshops to bring teachers to Flower Gardens in July
National Marine Sanctuaries logoJune 2007 - The GMF once again will be bringing teachers scuba diving to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary this summer through two "Down Under, Out Yonder" coral reef education workshops to be held in July. A land-based coral reef education workshop called "Corals to Classrooms" was held for non-diving participants June 19-20. Both workshops are sponsored by the Foundation and the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. READ MORE
 
RESTORATION
First GMF Caribbean restoration project complete
Isla Ratones restoration project, Puerto RicoMay 2007 - The GMF and its partners reached a milestone in the strategy to implement the Gulf of Mexico Community Based Restoration Partnership in the Caribbean this spring with the completion of the first Caribbean project, Mangrove and Reef Restoration at Isla Ratones, in Puerto Rico. The project involved the restoration of a near-shore island that had been severely affected by coral bleaching, disease and loss of 45 percent of its area in the past 60 years. The project successfully restored mangrove habitat, artificial reefs, and established an underwater interpretive trail to promote the importance of corals and mangroves as habitat for fish and invertebrates.
 
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