Winter 2004
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 » GMF Education
Science & Spanish Club
Multicultural students
receive scholarship

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation's Science & Spanish Club Network received a scholarship of $900 from the Texas Marine Advisory Service to cover expenses for 18 club members to participate in a field trip aboard a 57-foot teaching vessel on Feb 20 in Matagorda Bay. The trip was part of Texas A&M University's Floating Classroom Program.

Gulf of Mexico Community-Based Restoration Program
» Current Projects

Projects selected for 2004; eight in progress
In 2004, eight new Community-based Habitat Restoration projects are being funded, receiving a total of $325,000. The grant project is a joint effort of the Foundation, NOAA and the EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program.
In 2003, projects included removing invasive species from a nature trail in Alabama, repairing prop damage in seagrass beds in Florida, growing oysters to help restore historic oyster beds in Mississippi, and planting black mangroves in Texas.
» Completed Projects

All 2003 restoration projects complete
Two Community-based Habitat Restoration projects in Louisiana and one in Texas have been successfully completed in 2004. Volunteers and staff transplanted marsh plants at Armand Bayou near Texas, stabilized dunes at Breton Island off the Louisiana coast and developed a way for Gulf Sturgeon to travel up the Pearl River northeast of New Orleans.
» New NOAA funding
Following three successful years of  administering the Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Program (CRP), the Gulf of Mexico Foundation has been awarded another three-year contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin-istration. During the coming years, the grant will fund a total of more than $1 million of new habitat restoration in the five Gulf states. Since 2001, the CRP grant has restored hundreds of acres of wetlands, maritime forest, bayou, and riparian areas.
» One GulfOne Community
Through contributions and staff participation, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation has joined a new campaign that aims to raise awareness about and promote conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. Entitled, "One Gulf – One Community," the project was spearheaded by the Gulf of Mexico Program, an office of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The campaign is focusing its efforts through www.onegulf.org.
» Coastal Wine Tour
Both the Foundation and Southern Breeze Magazine believe that the quality of the natural environment equates to quality of life. With that in mind, Southern Breeze Magazine has decided to donate profits from its Coastal Wine tour to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and its efforts to preserve our coasts. Working together, we can ensure the continued beauty of our coastal region.

2004 Wine Tour Dates
April 16-18·Ocean Springs, Ms
May 21-23·Orange Beach, Al
Oct 1-3·Mandeville, La
Oct 22-24·Rosemary Beach, Fl


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» National Ocean Sciences Bowl
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation continued its support for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl this winter by providing $3,000 in funding for a regional qualifying competition that invites state high school students to test their ocean knowledge. The Loggerhead Challenge held at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Feb. 28 was one of 24 qualifying competitions across the nation in which teams vied for a chance to compete in the national completion to be held in Charleston, South Caroline, April 24-26, 2004.

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