Regional Initiatives

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance manages the operational and non-scientific aspects associated with Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, which includes proposal planning and preparation, administer research grants, implement research database, budget and financial reporting, website management, and program communications and outreach.

Gulf Restoration

Many members of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance are involved in the unprecedented restoration efforts resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Click here to learn more about regional restoration activities including Natural Resource Damage Assessment, RESTORE Act, National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf Research Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, and National American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Gulf Observations & Monitoring

Environmental monitoring means different things to different people, but all have the same intent: to evaluate the health and resilience of the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico. Bringing together a broad range of stakeholders, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and its partners have collaborated to develop a comprehensive vision for observations and monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico. Several meetings and workshops have shaped the vision and more will be necessary to identify priority actions necessary to achieve that vision.

To see documents related to regional observations and monitoring, click here.

To join our growing network of partners contributing to the collaborative effort, email Laura Bowie.

Hypoxia Task Force

The Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force or “Hypoxia Task Force” is led by the Environmental Protection Agency has has a broad, national partnership of which the Alliance is a member. The former Alliance Nutrients Priority Issue Team and Current Water Resources Team work directly with the Hypoxia Task Force on nutrient reduction strategies. The Task Force, in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, researchers, and regional experts, track the annual Gulf of Mexico dead zone. In 2011, the Alliance held its annual All Hands Meeting jointly with the Hypoxia Task Force. The two vast partnerships continue to work toward nutrient and hypoxia solutions in the Gulf of Mexico and its watershed.

National Ocean Policy

The National Ocean Policy subdivides the United States into nine regions for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning. This effort addresses issues challenging our oceans and coastal areas, including creating a regionally-based planning process for analyzing current and anticipated uses of coastal and marine areas. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is leading the collaboration effort in the Gulf Region.