"State of the Gulf of Mexico" Summit to Focus on Restoration of Vital National Resource



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"State of the Gulf of Mexico" Summit to Focus on Restoration of Vital

National Resource

HOUSTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Restoration is the

focus of the third "State of the Gulf of Mexico" summit to be held in

Houston, in March, by the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of

Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

"The Gulf of Mexico is our nation's most vital marine resource and the

ninth largest body of water in the world," said Dr. Larry McKinney,

Director of HRI. "This summit will bring together Gulf state leaders

in government, industry, science, and non-governmental organizations

to assess the current condition of the Gulf and to build sound

strategies for its future."

See the summit logo here:

http://www.tamucc.edu/news/2014/02/images/Gulf%20Summit%202014.jpg

A report from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance shows that the five U.S.

states that border the Gulf have a gross domestic product of over $2

trillion. Much of that economic activity is dependent on or related to

the Gulf of Mexico and the health of its coastal natural resources.

Just a few examples include:

-- Tourism and recreation provide over 620,000 jobs

-- 27 percent of domestic crude oil production comes from the Gulf

region

-- The major commercial fishing ports of the Gulf region bring in over

1.2 billion pounds of fresh seafood every year

-- 6 of the top 10 leading shipping ports in the country are found in

the Gulf region.

Previous "State of the Gulf of Mexico" summits examined lessons

learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the importance of

supporting sustainable economic growth in the Gulf. See the Gulf 360

State of the Gulf of Mexico report here: http://www.gulf360.org/

This year, the four-day summit has five main objectives:

-- Connecting science and restoration efforts to inform

decision-making and identify gaps

-- Advancing restoration that contributes to the broader Gulf of

Mexico ecosystem

-- Linking state, federal and non-governmental organization

restoration strategies

-- Assuring Gulf restoration and national ocean policy work together

-- Defining a clear, positive role for business and industry in the

restoration process.

"There are many factors and stakeholders involved in sustainable,

science-based restoration efforts," said McKinney. "HRI will lead the

discussion on what we have learned from our research along with what

we still need to discover, and what we can do to form a cohesive plan

to successfully restore the Gulf of Mexico."

The "State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit" is March 24-27 at the Omni

Galleria Houston Hotel. See the full agenda at http://sgmsummit.org/.

About the HRI: The Harte Research Institute, an endowed research

component of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is dedicated to

advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf

of Mexico. Expertise at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) includes

the consequences and long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil

spill. The Harte Research Institute is made possible by an endowment

from the Ed Harte family. For more information, go to

http://www.harteresearchinstitute.org/ .

About Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi : Offering more than 60 of

the most popular degree programs in the state, Texas A&M-Corpus

Christi has proudly provided a solid academic reputation, renowned

faculty, and highly-rated degree programs since 1947. The Island

University has earned its spot as a premier doctoral-granting

institution, supporting two research institutes and 10 research

centers and labs. Discover your island at tamucc.edu.

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