Winter 2006 www.gulfmex.org
  NEWS  
Summit brings 400 distinguished leaders to table
March 2006 - The GMF took an active role in helping to plan and coordinate the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit held March 28-30, 2006, in Corpus Christi, Texas. The summit brought together about 400 top leaders of science, business and government to focus attention on the state of the Gulf of Mexico. As a VIP event, governors from several of the gulf states of the US and Mexico anchored the participant list, including Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Mexican governors Eugenio Hernandez from Tamaulipas and Fidel Herrera from Veracruz. Other guests included CEOs of international industries, academic institutions, government agencies, and conservation organizations joined them to present a vision of the current and future status of the Gulf of Mexico. The 2005 Gulf Guardian Awards were also presented during the summit by the EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program. Read more.
 
New GMF brochure now available
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation has develop a new colorful brochure which includes the GMF mission statement and information about six of the its environmental efforts. The three-fold brochure, developed by GMF's Kendal Keyes and designer Gilbert Cantu, will be used as a tool for engaging and informing the public at outreach events. The brochure features photos by executive director Quenton Dokken, webmaster Carrie Robertson, and project coordinator Richard Gonzalez. To receive a brochure, call the GMF office at 800-884-4175 or 361-882-3939 or email Kendal Keyes at kkeyes@gulfmex.org.

CONSERVATION
Foundation receives NOAA marine stewardship award
April 2006 - The Gulf of Mexico Foundation received the Coastal Habitat Restoration Award in the first-annual marine Stewardship and Sustainability Awards. This national award program was developed by NOAA Fisheries Service to honor innovation and excellence in marine stewardship by recognizing organizations and individuals who have advanced conservation and sustainable use of US marine resources. The Foundation received the award for its successful development and implementation of 33 coastal habitat restoration projects in five Gulf States. These projects are expected to restore nearly 14,000 acres of valuable coastal habitat that is important for the long-term health of marine resources. Read more.
 
Governor's Action Plan outlines projects for coast
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, March 28, 2021 - During the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit today, top environmental officials from the 13 federal agencies and five Gulf Coast states unveiled a plan to strengthen environmental protection for the Gulf of Mexico and further the ongoing recovery and rebuilding effort after the devastating effects of the 2005 hurricane season. The Governors' Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts is a framework and guide for meaningful and sustained progress in the shared stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico by the American Gulf States. Read more.

RESTORATION
Caribbean GCRP Project update
January 2006 - The Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Program (GCRP) has recently expanded into the Caribbean area and initiated four new projects. The GCRP network established throughout the Gulf of Mexico has proven effective over the past five years and long-range plans include establishing a similar network in the US territories of the Caribbean. To help introduce the program to Caribbean audiences, GMF Executive Director Quenton Dokken traveled to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in October 2005 and selected two people as potential managers for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Read more.
 
Director travels to view oyster reef restoration
December 2005 - GMF's Executive Director Quenton Dokken traveled to Abbeville, Louisiana, in Dec 2005 to meet with the managers of "Oyster Reef Restoration and Shoreline Protection in Vermilion Parish," one of this year's eight new restoration projects funded by the Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership which the GMF administers. Dr. Dokken met with Wayne Touchet, president and Russell Gaspard, secretary of the Louisiana Wetlands Association, which received a $67,350 GCRP grant to restore two acres of oyster reef in Vermilion Bay. The men dined at a local restaurant which has agreed to participate in the community effort by donating oyster shells. They consumed some of the first oysters which will donate their shells to begin construction of the new reef. Read more.

   
EDUCATION
Science & Spanish Clubs win environmental award
Nick West, Palacios Beacon
S&S Club members clean up the Tres Palacios watershed on March 25
March 2006 - The  Boys & Girls Clubs of America awarded the GMF's Science & Spanish Clubs from El Campo and Palacios, Texas, the Environmental Education category in the national organization's first Dragonfly Quest National Science Fair competition. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Boys and Girls Club awarded the winning team and a chaperone an all-expense-paid trip to Orlando, Florida, April 8-10. Winners flew to Orlando, stayed at a Disney Resort Hotel, spent the night at the Kennedy Space Center and received tickets to a Disney theme park. The winning environmental project was a result of two fieldtrips during which the students learned about the Tres Palacios River, taking pictures and logging their findings. Read more.
Corals to Classroom workshop offered this summer
In addition to the Down Under, Out Yonder teacher dive workshops organized each summer by the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the GMF, this summer's itinerary features a two-day land-based "Corals to Classrooms" workshop without the SCUBA component. The workshop, designed for non-divers, will be held July 11-12, 2006 in Galveston. Eighteen participants have been selected for this year's DUOY, but space is still available for the Corals to Classrooms program. Read more.

  PARTNERSHIPS
GMF meets with conservation group in Mexico
    From left: Quenton Dokken, Kendal Keyes, Magdalena Rovalo, Hector
    Quintanilla, Richard Gonzales and Alfonso Banda gather in Matamoros.

April 2006 - GMF staff members Dr. Quenton Dokken, Kendal Keyes and Richard Gonzales met with members of Pronatura Noreste, a conservation group based in Monterrey, Mexico to discuss common goals in conservation of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre. After the meeting, GMF staff met with students and teachers at Colegio Rendon, one of the school's in the GMF's Science & Spanish Club network, followed by a tour of the University of Texas at Brownsville greenhouse, which was funded in part by a GCRP grant.  Read more.
 

  EVENTS
Symposium to focus on coastal problems, solutions
April 2006 - GMF's executive director Dr. Quenton Dokken is part of a 40-member Policy Steering Committee selected for the symposium, Envisioning the Future of the Gulf Coast, April 24-28 in New Orleans. Co-sponsored by America's Wetlands and BP, the event is designed to foster shared national understanding of the wetlands loss problem in the Gulf, to map future options for the coast and to catalyze national action. Read more.
 

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