|Pictured with the Gulf Guardian Award are left to right Tony Reisinger, Cameron County agent with Texas Sea Grant Coastal and Marine Resources; Meridith Byrd, harmful algal bloom biologist of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service; and Don Hockaday, research and educational coordinator at The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory.|
The award was presented by the Gulf of Mexico Program of the U.S. EPA. The Gulf of Mexico Program is a consortium of state and federal government agencies and representatives of the business and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists, environmentalists and community leaders from five Gulf states – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The program seeks to improve the environmental health of the Gulf in concert with economic development. The awards – first to third in seven different categories – recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive.
The UTPA Coastal Studies Laboratory, established in 1973 as a marine biology laboratory in Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island, serves the missions of university and public education, coastal research and public service.
For more information on the UTPA Coastal Studies Lab, log on to www.panam.edu/dept/csl/.