Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Ten Year Summary Report: 2004-2014

A Decade of Building Partnerships for a Healthy Gulf

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About This Report

This Gulf of Mexico Alliance Ten Year Summary Report: 2004-2014 documents the organizational development, projects and accomplishments of the Alliance from 2004 to 2014. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is a partnership of the five U.S. Gulf States, federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-profits in the region. GOMA’s mission is to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. GOMA’s strength is in our alliances.

These accomplishments were achieved as a result of implementing two organizational work plans: Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts published in 2006 and Governors’ Action Plan II for Healthy and Resilient Coasts published in 2009.

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Through the Years

By the Numbers

2 Governors’ Action Plans
5 Gulf States working together
6 Priority issues
8 Community workshops held to identify priorities
10 GOMA All Hands Meetings
13 Active Federal Agency Partners
15 GOMA Business Advisory Council member companies
65 Organizations participating in GOMA
148 Projects accomplished by the Priority Issue Teams, 2004–2014
575 Connected via LinkedIn
700 Twitter followers
970 Active participants in GOMA teams, committees, and councils
2,000 Voluntary email subscriptions
8,000 Blog views

Our Priorities


Water Quality

Team Goal: Ensure healthy beaches and safe seafood in our coastal areas to reduce exposure to pathogens and toxins.

Team Projects

Habitat Conservation & Restoration

Team Goal: advance conservation and restoration of coastal habitats and ecosystems throughout the Gulf and associated watersheds.

Team Projects

Environmental Education

Team Goal: provide educational resources and opportunities to schools, community groups and businesses.

Team Projects

Ecosystems Integration & Assessment

Team Goal: help managers and policy makers to tap into scientific research on coastal environments.

Team Projects

Nutrients & Nutrient Impacts

Team Goal: build and evaluate tools needed to reduce excess nutrients and restore coastal waters that have been negatively impacted by nutrients.

Team Projects

Coastal Community Resilience

Team Goal: make the natural, built, and social environments more resilient.

Team Projects

Next Steps

After 10 years of successful collaboration, GOMA’s Management Team re-evaluated the region’s priorities and restructured the teams to better reflect them:

In 2015, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance announced the Gulf Star Public-Private Partnership designed to support projects that address the region’s priority issues including healthy seafood supplies, improved habitat conservation, higher quality water resources, increased natural resource stewardship, and improved strategies for land use planning.

Action Plan III will be in place by early 2016.

Thank You

Leadership from the five Gulf States was the foundation of GOMA; however, the accomplishments associated with the Governors’ Action Plans would not have been possible without the financial support from federal partners in the region such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program.

In addition, the accomplishments of the first ten years of GOMA are a result of the collective efforts of many individuals at other federal and state agencies, academic partners, and non-governmental organizations in attaining the goals set forth in the Action Plans.

Photo Credits

Boardwalk over marsh – Rick Long, USFWS | Sunrise over marsh – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department | Bridge – Jeanne Allen, EPA | Aerial photo of water/beach – Ben Mieremet, NOAA