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- Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation: 8th Annual Conference (8/17/2017) - The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation 2017 Annual Conference is now open for registration. The meeting will be September 27-29, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Pensacola, Florida. The theme this year is, "Best Practices in Landscape Scale Land Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico Region."
- GOMA July 2017 Newsletter Is Available (7/31/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico July 2017 newsletter is available. The newsletter is comprehensive of oil spill restoration program activities, select funding opportunities, and more. This month's highlights include the Gulf Star Program RFP, photo competition, and Marine Debris Cross-Team Initiative mid-year meeting.
- RESTORE Council to Release Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List (7/11/2017) - The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will release the Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support on Thursday, July 13, 2017 via www.restorethegulf.gov.
- Long Beach Harbor Latest to Earn “Clean and Resilient Marina” Status (6/30/2017) - The sun was shining overhead as representatives from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and Long Beach Harbor gathered on June 13 to raise the new “Clean and Resilient Marina” flag to signify the harbor’s successful efforts in over three years of hard work to earn the designation. Long Beach Harbor now looks forward to attracting more visiting boaters to and connecting them to the larger onshore business community. Long Beach Harbor is the fourth marina in Mississippi to earn the designation “Clean and Resilient.”
- Coastal Resilience Team Attends Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (6/29/2017) - Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Resilience Team members participated this week in the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (SCLA): Innovations in Building Resilient Communities in Denver, Colorado. They represented the Gulf of Mexico to discuss regional successes and share what steps GOMA has taken to work with coastal communities.
- 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.