Ocean Springs, MS – The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) released the Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts today. This is the third major effort by the Alliance, approved by all five U.S. Gulf Coast State governors. The states of Alabama and Mississippi issued proclamations, declaring support for the plan and emphasizing the vision to improve the health and sustainability of our coastal areas. They noted millions of people depend on it – to live, work, and vacation.  In the plan, the Alliance addresses six major regional issues: coastal resilience; data and monitoring; education and engagement; habitat resources; water resources; and wildlife and fisheries.APIIIcover

“Support from the governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida demonstrates they recognize the need to work across the region on shared issues,” said Laura Bowie, Alliance Executive Director. “The strength and success of our organization depends on strong regional collaboration. Without it, the Gulf of Mexico economy and environment suffers.”

Through leadership from the five states, the Alliance embraces the mission to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. APIII addresses 16 major goals utilizing partnerships within 6 Priority Issue Teams based on the shared regional issues.

Over the next five years, the Alliance will provide forums for collaboration; develop and modify tools to address regional issues; track restoration efforts; and identify and expand opportunities for comprehensive monitoring among other things.

The six Teams will meet during the Alliance’s All Hands meeting scheduled for June 15 – 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During this time, Teams will initiate specific actions that further the Alliance’s mission. Download a copy of the Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts on the publications page.