Spring 2004
Foundation forms partnership with Southern Breeze

Fall 2004
Wine Tour Dates

October 1-3
Mandeville, LA

October 22-24
Rosemary Beach, FL

Spring Wine Tour
Photo Gallery!

» GMF Partnerships
Coastal Wine Tour

The first two Coastal Wine Tours held this spring brought hundreds of participants to sample food and wine while learning more about the Gulf of Mexico. The four-part Wine Tour began with events in Mississippi and Alabama and concludes this fall (see schedule at left). The Coastal Wine Tours are organized by Southern Breeze Magazine, which believes the quality of the natural environment equates to quality of life. To help support the Foundation's efforts to preserve the Gulf coast, the magazine reserves a prominent place within each Wine Tour for the Foundation's display booth where staff members are on hand to distribute information and educate people about the Gulf and the Foundation.
Gulf of Mexico Community-Based Restoration Program
» Current Projects

Nine new acres of oyster reef habitat
This pile of oyster shells at a St. Louis Bay plant near Biloxi, Miss., was transported by barge to help create nine-acres new reef habitat this spring as part of the Gulf of Mexico Community-Based Restoration Program, a grant funded by NOAA and the EPA and administered by the GMF. This project, entitled, "Creation of Two New Oyster Reefs to Improve Coastal Water Quality and to Provide Critical Fish Habitat" was one of eight CRP projects funded in 2004. The Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources received a CRP grant for $24,990 to conduct the restoration project.
  » Year 2005 Restoration Funding Available Soon
A new Request for Proposals will soon be available for those interested in applying for the Gulf of Mexico Community-Based Restoration Program (CRP) grants for 2005. The GMF has administered the grant for NOAA and the
EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program since 2001. The CRP grant has awarded millions of dollars in funding to support hundreds of acres of marine habit
at restoration in the five Gulf states, restoring wetlands, maritime forest, bayou, and riparian areas. Visit the Gulf of Mexico Foundation's Restoration webpage for more information.
» GMF nominated for 2004 Gulf Guardian Award
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation has been nominated for the 2004 Gulf Guardian Awards, presented annually by the Gulf of Mexico Program, an office of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The awards program honors those who are striving to make an environmental difference in the Gulf of Mexico. Winners will be announced in July and the awards will be given out during the Southern States Environmental Conference and Exhibition in Biloxi, Miss., Sept 21-23.
» GMF Board hosts reception
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation’s Board of Directors hosted a "Spring Reception" in May at the Petroleum Club of Houston, inviting those interested in the Foundation to share a relaxing evening with the board. The event was organized by Diane LaRue and included an appetizing buffet. Guests at the reception included industry representatives who are interested in the continued health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo: GMF Board of Directors    
» Dive Workshops
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, in partnership with the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, will continue to bring teachers to the reef this summer by sponsoring the ninth annual "Down Under, Out Yonder" dive workshop for educators. The five-day workshop, to be held July 10-14 in Galveston, Texas, will include lectures about fish identification, coral reef ecology, offshore energy production and the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program.
Following the lectures, participants will tour the Moody Gardens Aquarium Caribbean tunnel and test their fish identification skills before they head offshore to go diving. The land-based workshop will be followed by three days of scuba diving at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from the live-aboard boat, the M/V Fling operated by Gulf Diving LLC.

» New GMF staff
Eliana C. Walker is the new staff member handling office duties and grant administration at the Gulf of Mexico Foundation headquarters in Corpus Christi. A native of Colombia, Ms Walker is fluent in Spanish and English and previously worked as a website translator at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In her free time she enjoys flying small planes and windsurfing. Ms. Walker replaces Carrie Robertson who continues to maintain and update the GMF website at gulfmex.org.

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