The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is accepting applications to fill 16 seats on its newly-established Business Advisory Council (BAC). GOMA wants to ensure industry sector participation and advisement in regional initiatives for the Gulf of Mexico. The BAC will provide a fundamental connection between policy and applied management decisions. Applications must be returned to GOMA by May 16, 2012 can be found on GOMA’s Web site (https://gulfofmexicoalliance.org/partnerships/business_partners.html).

“GOMA anticipates that the BAC will prove to be an invaluable source of advice and input from industries operating in and around the Gulf of Mexico region,” said Phil Bass, Gulf of Mexico Alliance Acting Director. “We look forward to working with new partners on issues of regional importance.”

The following BAC industry sector seats are available at this time:

  • Tourism
  • Oil and gas
  • Manufacturing
  • Utilities / Energy (including power generation and alternative sources)
  • Transportation (including shipping and harbors)
  • Commercial and recreational fishing
  • Seafood processing
  • Agriculture

Candidates will be selected based on their industry sector expertise and experience, community and professional affiliations, and knowledge regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Council members will serve as liaisons to others in their industry regarding regional issues addressed by GOMA.

The inaugural meeting of the GOMA BAC is scheduled for the annual GOMA “All Hands” Meeting, June 19-21, 2012 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Applications are found on the GOMA website (www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org) or by contacting Laura Bowie at Laura.Bowie@gomxa.org or 228-523-4013.

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About the Gulf of Mexico Alliance: The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recognizes the economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health. As 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.