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- New Partnership Finds Experts for Gulf Restoration Project Science Reviews (6/28/2017) - In March, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) partnered on a successful proposal to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council). GOMA and GOMURC will administer the Best Available Science (BAS) review process for RESTORE Act funding Bucket 2 and 3 projects for the next three years. This partnership allows for both organizations to bring their expertise to the table to ensure high-quality external science reviews are conducted in a timely manner.
- Legislation Will Strengthen Coordination in the Gulf Region (6/26/2017) - Senate and House bills will make the Gulf of Mexico Alliance a regional coordination entity.
- NOAA Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan for Saltwater Fishing and Seeks Public Comment (6/13/2017) - The NOAA Office of Science and Technology, Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) developed a five-year Strategic Plan that formalizes MRIP’s longstanding approach to improving saltwater recreational fishing catch and effort estimates. They are now seeking feedback from partners and stakeholders on the plan.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Announces Coastal Resilience Awards (6/5/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to announce Coastal Resilience Awards for eight community projects totaling $347,334. The awards are supported by funding from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management.
- It’s Turtle Time Again (5/30/2017) - Every spring coastal organizations and volunteers gather to begin a season of early morning beach walks and overnight sandy campouts. It may sound like they are on vacation; some may be, but they are guarding a millennials old migratory habit of nesting sea turtles. Rebecca Domangue, PhD, Research Coordinator at the Appalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and GOMA partner, shares important information for the Florida Panhandle.
- Gulf Community of Practice Meeting Highlights Accomplishments by Local Communities (5/22/2017) - The annual Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice meeting was recently hosted by the City of Covington, Louisiana. The purpose was to help planners learn about tools and methods that can be used to make their communities better prepared for coastal hazards.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Receives NAS Capacity Building Grants (5/15/2017) - The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) recently announced the recipients of 12 capacity-building grants, totaling almost $3.2 million. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to be a recipient of two of these awards. These competitive grants support community organizations as they conduct science-based projects designed to benefit their coastal communities from the Gulf of Mexico to Maine to Alaska.
- Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Releases Ocean Action Agenda (5/3/2017) - The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (Joint Initiative) released the Ocean Action Agenda in March. The digital report details ocean and coastal policy actions that should be taken to safeguard the benefits provided from America's oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, including jobs, food, health, recreation, and overall well-being.
- All Hands Meeting Highlights (4/27/2017) - Each year the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to host our partners at our annual All Hands Meeting. While the Alliance provides a unique networking opportunity, the true progress is made in the Team and Cross-Team meetings. These sessions allow our members to take action on issues of importance to the Gulf. Here's a rundown on some of the accomplishments this year.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Gulf Star Program Announces New Partnership (4/4/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to announce a new partnership with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) to invest in projects that support a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico. The oil and natural gas producer is the newest member of the Alliance's Gulf Star Program. The company chose the Alliance as a significant way to invest in science-based solutions to challenges facing the Gulf community. Anadarko's approach to social investment is about more than writing a check, as the company seeks to collaborate with organizations to serve the needs of the region.
- NCEI Scientists Contribute to Gulf Collaboration (3/31/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is wrapping up another successful All Hands meeting this year in Houston, Texas. A long-standing partner in the regional collaboration is NOAA’s NCEI – National Centers for Environmental Information. For over 10 years, NCEI scientists have participated in a broad partnership to identify and address regional issues in the Gulf […]
- International Leaders, Scientists Gather for Gulf Summit (3/24/2017) - HOUSTON, Texas — As the Gulf of Mexico is moving forward from one of history’s greatest environmental disasters, the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and oil spill. The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is bringing together international Gulf leaders on March 26-28 to look to its future for its fourth State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston, Texas.
- Reducing Environmental Impacts through Runoff Risk Decision Support (2/27/2017) - NOAA’s Central Region Collaboration Team recently completed two short videos on first-of-its-kind decision support information and related tools to address the challenge of nutrient runoff from farm fields. Many of the nation’s lakes and streams suffer from water quality degradation caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients can eventually concentrate in coastal areas such as the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, contribute to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia, and result in both economic and environmental impacts.
- Surface Elevation Table (SET) Gap Analysis Report Now Out (2/24/2017) - Recently, the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative (NGOM SSC) published a report identifying the gaps in Surface Elevation Table (SET) data for the Gulf of Mexico. The report can be accessed on the NGOM SSC website, www.ngomssc.org, under Gulf SLR Assets.
- GCOOS Calls for Board Nominees (2/9/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is seeking nominations for the organization’s Board of Directors. They are considering individuals interested in and committed to working within an organization dedicated to provide data, information and products to the Gulf of Mexico stakeholder community that includes the private sector, governmental agencies at all levels, academia and researchers, non-governmental organizations and the general public.
- Gulf Restoration and Florida Gulf Coastal Counties (1/30/2017) - Fund allocation and expenditure resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill appears clear in graphs and figures. It is actually a multipart process interwoven across federal agencies, states, counties, and parishes. As programs are implemented, these relationships increase in complexity. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance reached out to Bay County, Florida RESTORE Act Coordinator Jim Muller for an in-depth overview of Florida’s approach and current status.
- BP Datasets Now Discoverable through GoMRI Data Cooperative GRIIDC (1/10/2017) - The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill initiated one of the largest rapid environmental assessments undertaken for the Gulf of Mexico. Government agencies and BP collected data through the Deepwater Horizon Response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. Government NRDA data are available to the public through the DIVER system. Now, recently released BP NRDA data are available through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative or GRIIDC, managed by Harte Research Institute.