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Gulf Guardian Award Winners 2004

Civic/Nonprofit Organization - 1st Place

Project #: GG-04-34
Company: Gulf of Mexico Foundation, TX
Project Name: Gulf of Mexico Foundation
Category: Civic/Nonprofit Organization
Project Type: Habitat, Nonindigenous Species, Nutrient Enrichment

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, a nonprofit corporation based in Corpus Christi, Texas, was founded in 1990 by citizens concerned with the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico. Representing a wide range of interests — agriculture, business, fisheries, industry, tourism, and the environment — the Foundation works to promote and fund research, education, and conservation programs. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation (GMF) secures funding and technical expertise to support marine projects ranging from restoration to education and research.

Restoration - http://gulfmex.org/restoration.htmExit Disclaimer
The restoration component of the Foundation is accomplished through administering a multi-year grant provided by NOAA and the EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program called the Community-based Restoration Program (CRP). Since 2001, the GMF has administered a total of 19 CRP projects resulting in hundreds of acres being restored throughout the five Gulf States. Each project included a strong community element, involving volunteers to do much of the hands-on restoration. A list of the GMF CRP projects is available on the Foundation’s website.

Education - http://gulfmex.org/education.htmExit EPA Disclaimer
The educational component of the Foundation is accomplished by providing financial support and leadership to the following programs:

  1. Down Under Out Yonder – educating teachers about coral reef ecology through dive workshops held at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

  2. Multicultural Education – bringing different cultures together through Science and Spanish Clubs for middle school students along the Texas coast.

  3. National Ocean Sciences Bowl – encouraging students to excel in ocean studies through fun and competition.

  4. Cyberways and Waterways – conserving waterways through online and field-study learning programs that encourage students and teachers to protect and improve their environment .

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