The History of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance

1908 NOAA ChartThe Gulf of Mexico Alliance was established in 2004 by the Gulf State Governors in response to the President’s Ocean Action Plan. It was a State-led network of partners working together on projects related to the priority issues identified by the Governors in early discussions. Strongly supported by the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, 13 Federal agencies led by EPA and NOAA, were identified to work with and support the young effort.

In 2006, on the heels of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the five Gulf State Governors signed the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts (PDF 1.3 MB). Realizing that the mission could only be achieved by including as many Alliance Partners as possible, other organizations were recruited to join the effort, including academic organizations, non-profits, and business partners. Ninety-nine percent of the objectives of the Action Plan (PDF 1.3 MB) were realized in just three short years.

In 2009, building on the tremendous success of the first plan, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance released its second plan, the Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts II (PDF, 2.8 MB), a five-year plan with more aggressive objectives to address the still pressing issues affecting the Gulf region.

In 2010, Alliance Management adopted a constitution and Bylaws to document how we operate, to apply for 501(c)3 status, and to establish a Headquarters Office. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened that same year and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance was selected to administer the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, a voluntary research program funded by BP.

Today, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is actively addressing the region’s Priority Issues as well as managing a large-scale oil spill research program. Join our email list to stay up-to-date on projects, progress, and meetings or contact us by visiting our Stay Connected page.