Biloxi, MS – The 7th Gulf of Mexico Alliance annual meeting is scheduled for June 19-21, 2012 in Corpus Christi, Texas. This year, the Alliance has invited industry leaders to join the conference. Leadership from key sectors such as energy, tourism, and harbors will offer insight on working together effectively, including integration and obstacles when collaborating on ecosystem programs.

Other key topics at the conference will include the status of the National Ocean Policy, Natural Resource Damage Assessment restoration activities, and an update on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Keynote speakers include high-ranking personnel from the Department of Interior, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Each agency will give updates on current federal priorities.

The two-day plenary meeting will be followed by concurrent sessions on water quality, nutrient impacts, ecosystem integration and assessment, habitat conservation and restoration, coastal community resilience, and environmental education. These working sessions will engage participants in the Alliance’s goals and actions at the community level and leaders from around the Gulf Coast will share knowledge and expertise. The Alliance plans to build on discussions from the previous days and take advantage of broad membership to further integrate with regional priorities.

The meeting is open to the public. Registration and sponsorship information as well as a full schedule of events is available at: www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.

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About the Gulf of Mexico Alliance: The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recognizes economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health. The result of a shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas formalized the Alliance in 2004. A not-for-profit organization, the Alliance’s mission is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf region by encouraging collaboration among government agencies, businesses, education providers and non-governmental organizations. Priority issues addressed by the Alliance include water quality, habitat conservation, ecosystem assessment, nutrient impacts, community resilience and environmental education. The Alliance supports the creation of a parallel Mexican Gulf Alliance and strongly encourages the continued pursuit of collaboration among countries in the region. To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, visit www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.