[Coral-List] Retirement

Georgina Bustamante gbustamante09 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 31 23:26:15 EDT 2012


You have certainly helped many others around the world.

The UNEP-CEP CAMPAM Training program is grateful for your collaboration (and
Judy's) to the Training of trainers regional courses for Caribbean MPA
managers held in the Keys in 2004 and 2006.

Wish you the best!!

Georgina Bustamante, Ph.D.
Caribbean  Marine Protected Area Management (CaMPAM) Network and Forum
The UNEP-CEP capacity builidng program for MPA managers and stakeholders
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-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Billy Causey
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 11:43 AM
To: John Halas
Cc: _NOS ONMS Florida Keys NMS SAC; _NOS ONMS ALL Staff; coral list; Judy
Halas; NOAA Coral; John Halas
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Retirement

It was  great diving with you again last Saturday!  We had 2 beautiful dives
and shared loads of old stories and tales.  Dan Basta, Ken Nedimyer, Steve
Gittings and Sean Morton helped make it a memorable and enjoyable trip.  Our
last dive on the City of Washington and the Elbow Reef was a beautiful dive
and we were able to see and experience some of the things you have worked
your entire career to protect and conserve.  It was a special day.

You will be missed by all of us, but we also know where to find you.
Without a doubt, you have made many major contributions to the management,
conservation and protection of coral reef systems in the
Keys and around the world.   Over time all of those contributions will
be realized and celebrated.  For example, few people recall that you were
the first to ever conduct a vessel grounding assessment on a coral reef for
NOAA.  In 1982, two shrimp boats grounded at Looe Key Reef ....in the
National Marine Sanctuary and you conducted the very first successful
assessment that lead to a successful legal conclusion.  I could go on and on
with lisitng your accomplishments, but would run out of time and space.
Just know, your hard work and dedication to the National Marine Sanctuary
Program has always been noticed and appreciated by your peers and

Please stay in touch and let us know what great things you and Judy are
doing for coral reefs around the world.  I will sincerely miss you John!


On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM, John Halas <john.halas at noaa.gov> wrote:
> All,
>     Today is my last day after 31 1/2 years with Sanctuaries. Along 
> the way I have met and worked with many wonderful folks that I will 
> always remember. It has been a good run that has opened may doors 
> which has afforded me the opportunity to make many more friends 
> worldwide and open up many opportunities.
> I was originally hired through the State of Florida Cooperative 
> Agreement for the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. A few months 
> later with the Manila, Philippines 4th International Coral Reef 
> Conference coming up, I asked my supervisor for permission to attend.
> This was routed to higher authorities and I was told that I could go, 
> if among other things, I agreed to stay with the Sanctuary Program for 
> at least another year. I believe I I have done well in making good on 
> that promise. I am now bequeathing my title as longest standing 
> Florida Sanctuaries employee to Billy Causey to continue to carry that 
> torch.  I am not moving  but will be enjoying all the things that 
> originally brought me here in 1969.
> I will be around and looking forward to following, and assisting from 
> the other side, the Florida Keys Sanctuary work ahead.
> My contact email after this weekend is <halas48 at gmail.com>.
> Sincerely,
> John Halas
> I

Billy D. Causey, Ph.D.
Regional Director
Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region NOAA's Office of
National Marine Sanctuaries
33 East Quay Road
Key West, Florida 33040

Office:  305 809 4670 (ex 234)
Mobile: 305 395 0150
Fax:     305 293 5011
Email:  Billy.Causey at noaa.gov

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