The 8th Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting continued for a second day at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The annual three-day meeting is an opportunity for all organization partners to meet and discuss critical environmental issues facing the Gulf of Mexico.  The meeting of the Alliance began on Tuesday and continues through Thursday, June 27 with a theme of Collaboration is the Key to Successful Gulf Restoration.

Wednesday’s focus was the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s accomplishments and those of their partners.  There were presentations from a variety of different groups including the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, about their activities in the Gulf region.  All presentations emphasized the ability of the Alliance to bring partners together to work collaboratively.

“We have been bringing people together to work on Gulf issues for almost ten years, from post-hurricane reconstruction through oil spill restoration,”   said Jerome Zeringue, Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Management Team and Director of the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration.   “The Gulf doesn’t stop at the state line, and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance has helped establish strong communication among all the states and with our international neighbors about Gulf-wide issues.”

The two-day plenary meeting will be followed on Thursday by concurrent sessions on the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Priority Issues.  These working sessions will build on discussions from the previous days and take advantage of its broad membership to further integrate Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s goals and actions with regional priorities.

The 2013 All Hands meeting concludes June 27, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.