In addition to Gulf States and the Federal Workgroup, the Alliance relies heavily on non-governmental partners, such as academic organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Whether piloting new programs, or implementing full-scale efforts, these partners provide the talent and resources to implement on-the-ground projects. These partners have aligned their goals to those of the Alliance in order to create tangible results, thereby realizing the potential for change associated with a grand-scale collaborative effort such as the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.
Each Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issue Team is coordinated by a sponsoring organization, providing funding assistance to further the goals and objectives of that priority. The organizations that provide Priority Issue Team Coordination include:
- Florida Institute of Oceanography coordinates the Water Quality Team
- Gulf of Mexico Foundation coordinates the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team
- Harte Research Institute coordinates the Ecosystems Integration Team
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality coordinates the Nutrient Reduction Team
- Mississippi Department of Marine Resources coordinates the Coastal Community Resilience Team
- Dauphin Island Sea Lab coordinates the Environmental Education Team
Business Advisory Council
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Business Advisory Council facilitates communication between Alliance Management and the diverse group of industries that are dependent upon the common resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The Business Advisory Council consists of representatives of the following industries:
- Oil and Gas
- Utilities / Energy (including power generation and alternative sources)
- Transportation (including shipping and harbors)
- Commercial and Recreational Fishing
- Seafood Processing
A complete list of current Business Advisory Council members can be found here (PDF, 200KB).