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On December 4-8, hundreds of experts and leaders from academic institutions, government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector came together at the 2nd State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit hosted by the Harte Research Institute.

During her keynote address, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson presented the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force’s final strategy for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast, following extensive feedback from citizens throughout the region. To view the strategy, visit http://www.epa.gov/gulfcoasttaskforce.

Another unique feature of the Summit was the emphasis on developing an effective “report card” that can be used by resource managers and decision makers in science and business to understand the impacts of our activities. “Bringing these experts together to focus attention on the Gulf of Mexico creates a level of synergy that is critical to developing solutions. We all understand the importance of an economically and environmentally sustainable Gulf of Mexico,” said Dr. Larry McKinney, Harte Research Institute’s Executive Director. “At the Summit, our goal is to devise a plan to make sure we get there.”