Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC)-supported programs are recognized leaders in protecting Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, increasing resilience in coastal communities and bringing creative environmental literacy activities into classrooms.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Division recently announced its 2022 Gulf Guardian Awards, and MASGC Engagement and Education Team members, their programs and their collaborators received four of the 10 awards presented during the Gulf of Mexico Conference on April 27 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“The Gulf of Mexico is a vulnerable ecosystem that requires innovative approaches and proactive measures to protect this national resource,” Marc Wyatt, director of the EPA Gulf of Mexico Division, said. “Over the past two years, the Gulf Guardian award winners have continued to think ‘outside of the box’ during challenging circumstances due to COVID-19. These Gulf Guardian Awards are an important way to recognize the valuable efforts of all their hard work to protect the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico.”
“There are many people doing outstanding work to improve the lives and livelihoods of the people who live, work and recreate on the coast,” said MASGC Director LaDon Swann. “I am grateful to the all recipients of Gulf Guardian awards this year. It is important to recognize those whose programs serve as examples to others.”