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"State of the Gulf of Mexico" Summit to Focus on Restoration of Vital
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:
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
-- 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
-- Linking state, federal and non-governmental organization
-- Assuring Gulf restoration and national ocean policy work together
-- Defining a clear, positive role for business and industry in the
"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
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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