In addition to Gulf States and the Federal Workgroup, the Alliance relies heavily on non-governmental partners, such as academic organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Whether piloting new programs, or implementing full-scale efforts, these partners provide the talent and resources to implement on-the-ground projects. These partners have aligned their goals to those of the Alliance in order to create tangible results, thereby realizing the potential for change associated with a grand-scale collaborative effort such as the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.
Each Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issue Team is coordinated by a sponsoring organization, providing funding assistance to further the goals and objectives of that priority. The organizations that provide Priority Issue Team Coordination include:
- Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection coordinates the Data & Monitoring Team
- State of Louisiana, Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority coordinates the Habitat Resources Team
- Harte Research Institute coordinates the Wildlife & Fisheries Team
- Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality coordinates the Water Resources Team
- Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources coordinates the Coastal Resilience Team
- Dauphin Island Sea Lab coordinates the Education & Engagement Team