Winter 2005

Educating Teachers
Down Under, Out Yonder receives applications

Feb 28, 2021 - The application deadline for the Down Under, Out Yonder dive workshops for teachers ended Feb. 28 with about 50 educators from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Virginia, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania submitting applications. The two 2005 workshops, which are jointly sponsored by the GMF and the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, include a five-day workshop to be held June 25-29, followed by an "alumni" workshop for returning participants July 23-27.  Read on.


Multicultural Education
Science & Spanish Clubs plan stewardship conference
All seven Gulf of Mexico Foundation Science & Spanish Clubs will meet with coastal county commissioners and others during the Gulf of Mexico Community-based Youth Leadership in Stewardship Conference on April 22, 2005. The event, to be held at the Saltwater Pavilion in Rockport, Texas, will create a platform for community-based coastal conservation empowerment strategies. Organized by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation's project leader Richard Gonzales, the event will be sponsored by CITGO and Valero corporations. Read on.


Board of Directors meets to discuss GMF past, future

Board members at the Houston meeting, from left:
Gene Meier, Margaret Miller, John LaRue, Quenton
Dokken, and Paul Kelly.
Feb 25, 2005 - The Gulf of Mexico Foundation's Board of Directors met in at the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Feb 25. Five members of the board were present, with two members attending via teleconference. The board reviewed and discussed financial reports and goals for the future. GMF staff presented project reports on the Community-based Restoration Program, the GMF Science & Spanish Club multicultural program, and the GMF website and newsletter. Read on.


Incarnate Word Academy wins regional competition
Feb 19, 2021 - For the fifth year in a row, Incarnate Word Academy took first place in the eighth annual Ocean Sciences Bowl held at Texas A&M; University-Corpus Christi Feb 19. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation continued its long history of support for the event by providing $2,250 in funding. Known as the "Loggerhead Challenge," the event was one of 25 regional qualifying competitions held across the nation this winter and one of two held in Texas that invite state high school students to test their ocean knowledge. The winning team from Incarnate Word Academy will advance to the national completion to be held in Biloxi, Mississippi April 22-25. Read on.


GMF celebrates 15 years of service
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation celebrates its 15th year anniversary in 2005. Incorporated in 1990, the nonprofit foundation has continuously grown and expanded while pursuing its goals of providing leadership, energy, and resources aimed at maintaining a sustainable balance in the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico. "Vision and passion are important, but even more valuable are persistence and commitment," said the Executive Director Dr. Quenton Dokken.

New restoration projects begin, others completed
In partnership with NOAA and the EPA's GEMS program, the Foundation continues to administer the Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Program (CRP). The CRP funds citizen-driven habitat restoration projects which benefit living marine resources and foster local stewardship throughout the Gulf of Mexico region. In 2005, seven new restoration projects representing all five Gulf states were initiated. Three of the eight 2004 projects have been completed, four of eight 2003 projects have been completed, and all three 2002 projects have been completed. For information about each project, click on Restoration.

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