The Need Is UrgentTens of millions of people call the Gulf Shores home. To achieve and sustain the quality of life we desire and pass along to the future we must work together to build a robust economy and a sustainable healthy environment.

Since our inception in 1990, it has been our mission at the Gulf of Mexico Foundation to promote and facilitate conservation of the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico and its resources through education, public awareness, research, and leadership programs.

However, like many other renewable resources, the 600,000 square miles of the magnificent Gulf of Mexico is under attack. The Gulf is a productive and relatively healthy marine ecosystem, but it is showing signs of use and abuse.

• Re-engineering the Mississippi River has unintentionally reduced the flow of land-building sediment to the Gulf coast by half and sends much of that past the wetlands to deep water. Diversion projects could reverse the decline of coastal wetlands by making use of what we have left.

• It is estimated that 50 percent of the Gulf of Mexico’s inland and coastal wetlands have been lost and that up to 80 percent of the Gulf’s sea grasses have been lost in some areas.

• The Gulf’s coastal wetlands encompass over five million acres (about half of the U.S. total), serving as an essential habitat for 75 percent of migratory waterfowl traversing the United States, numerous fish and other wildlife species.

• The Gulf of Mexico is home to 24 endangered and threatened species and critical habitats.

• Sixty percent of the continental United States drains into the Gulf of Mexico, including outlets from 33 major river systems and 207 estuaries. Additional freshwater inputs originate in Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and Cuba.

• Padre Island has been inundated by as much as one ton of debris per mile.

• Relative sea level rise along most of the Gulf coast has been substantially higher than the global average due to local land subsidence combined with the increasing volume of water in the sea.

• 45 million Americans think the ocean is a source of fresh water.

Help us preserve and restore the Gulf of Mexico for future generations. Donate to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation today! Contributions to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, please click on the link below.

To donate by US Mail, please print our GMF Membership Form and send it, along with your generous contribution, to:

Gulf of Mexico Foundation
ATTN: Dr. Quenton Dokken, President/CEO
PMB 252, 4833 Saratoga Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78413