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- 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.
- Mississippi Beach Outfalls Challenge (12/28/2016) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will initiate a novel approach to improve water quality in Mississippi Sound. A public prize competition, the Beach Outfalls Challenge opens in January.
- Audubon Christmas Bird Count Census Open Until January 5th (12/28/2016) - The Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), an annual event is celebrating its 117th anniversary this December. It is the longest-running wildlife census in the world. Taking place each year in early winter over a three-week period between December 14th and January 5th, counts occur across the Americas with more than 72,000 participants across more than 2,400 count areas.
- Audubon Nature Institute’s G.U.L.F. Resource (11/29/2016) - The landscape of the seafood industry has changed drastically over the last thirty years. Advancements in gear technology allow fishermen to harvest more efficiently. Changes in laws and regulations ensure that fish and shellfish populations can maintain healthy levels. The way companies do business regarding seafood purchasing has shifted focus to sustainability. The Audubon Nature Institute (ANI) helps consumers navigate these changes with a tool called G.U.L.F or Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries.
- GOMA Signs MOU with GOMURC (11/29/2016) - the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU is intended to enhance collaboration between the two regional organizations on matters of critical importance to the Gulf of Mexico environment and economy.
- On the Water with the Galveston Bay Foundation (11/29/2016) - Citizen science programs are growing around the country. They are meaningful ways individuals, communities, and organizations can contribute to local scientific research and environmental management. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance reached out to the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) to share their citizen science water quality success story.
- First Gulf Star Regional Projects Selected (11/21/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) announced today the award of more than $630,000 to 19 Gulf Star projects. It is the inaugural year of the Gulf Star public-private partnership program. The awards, developed in consultation with GOMA’s Priority Issue Teams, are designed to address small, but foundational issues associated with coastal resilience, water quality, habitat resources, data sharing, wildlife, education, and marine debris.
- Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial (10/31/2016) - In 1916, the United States and Great Britain (on behalf of Canada) adopted a uniform system of protection for nearly all migratory bird species that inhabit -- and often migrate between -- the United States and Canada. This month, in a timely release, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) unveiled a new study on migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico. Understanding the migratory pathways of fish, sea turtles, marine mammals, and birds are critical not only to species survival but also to the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem.
- NOAA Marine Debris Anniversary (10/31/2016) - In 2006, Congress authorized NOAA to address a growing global problem by signing the Marine Debris Act into law. The NOAA Marine Debris Program is the U.S. Federal government’s lead for addressing marine debris. Their mission is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris. The program is in its tenth year addressing this pervasive issue through research, coordination, emergency response, and removal of debris.
- “Leave No Trash Behind” on Galveston Island (10/25/2016) - On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Artist Boat will host a Ribbon Cutting celebrating the first of six recycling stations to be installed on Galveston Island, Texas beaches. They will be joining thousands of other communities holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.
- Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area New Plan and Website (10/21/2016) - The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (MGCNHA) released a new look and a new plan. Governor Bryant, Senator Wicker, and Secretary of State Hosemann helped commemorate the event. A Nature-Based Tourism Management Plan and updated website are elevating Mississippi’s coastal visibility. The new Plan is found on the updated website msgulfcoastheritage.ms.gov. The fresh look and navigation make it easy to find some of coastal Mississippi’s most beloved museums, scenic areas, and festivals just to name a few.
- Oil Spill Science – A Special Issue of Oceanography Devoted to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (9/27/2016) - In the summer of 2010, a group of scientists, lawyers, state agencies, and industry representatives negotiated one of the most impactful research deals in modern history. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was born as a voluntary program funded by BP. This month, after six years of world class ground-breaking research, an entire volume of the Journal of Oceanography is dedicated to this effort.
- Decision Support Tree (9/27/2016) - Climate change planning models and tools are very abundant. Many people are overwhelmed where to start. Supported by a grant from the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, the Climate Change Decision Support Tree will help community stakeholders and natural resource managers choose which tools are right for their projects.
- Living Shorelines – Adapting to Infrastructure (9/26/2016) - If you go to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and visit the Inner Harbor Park, you’ll notice some changes taking place. A winding border of rip-rap, sand, and marsh grass are controlling shoreline erosion. Soon, as the plants take over, it will all look as if nature intended it to be that way. It is a new, alternative construction design. It is called a living shoreline.
- Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Comprehensive Plan Update (8/24/2016) - The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) released a proposed update to its 2013 Comprehensive Plan. A series of public input meetings and webinars are scheduled for September and October.
- Gulf of Mexico Resilience Tools and Gap Analysis (8/24/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is conducting a survey to assess the use of resilience tools and services by various audiences in the Gulf of Mexico. The intent is to identify what gaps (if any) exist in tools and services for the region.
- National Academies New Report Calls for Rigorous Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico (7/26/2016) - The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) released a much awaited report today, "Effective Monitoring to Evaluate Ecological Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico." The report recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating restoration activities related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.