Leaders from across the Gulf gathered in New Orleans the week of August 1-5 for the first joint meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and Hypoxia Task Force. The three-day meeting was centered on the challenges and opportunities for restoration in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly related to hypoxia or “Dead Zone” issues. Leaders from the five Gulf States, Mexico, up-watershed partners, Federal and State agencies, and coastal organizations were present to discuss current and upcoming strategies for a resilient future. A strong emphasis was also on other regionally important issues such as the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning, Ecosystems Services Valuation, Gulf Research, International Integration and the up-coming Gulf Report Card.