The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is a Regional Ocean Partnership with a mission to collaboratively enhance the ecological and economic health of the region through multiple Priority Issue Teams and working groups. One of the priorities identified in the Alliance’s Governors' Action Plan III is the need to "coordinate data efforts and exchange information across local, state, and federal programs." The Alliance recently received funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address this priority.
On September 30th, Alliance staff visited the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe for an update on their resilience project. The Tribe is working to save culturally important native plants as part of their community resilience plan in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, LA. They've made a lot of progress on this Gulf Star project sponsored by BHP.
The Alliance Water Resources Team focuses its efforts on a wide range of water resource concerns affecting the region. Through Gulf Star support, the Alliance is making strides addressing the issue of harmful algal blooms (HABs). The Team is working with partners on observation glider deployments, handheld generic sensors, and a study on the economic impacts. And, in January, the Water Resources Team is joining the Education and Engagement Team for a one-day discussion on the science and communication of harmful algal blooms.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Engagement Team invites you to participate in an Embrace the Gulf photo competition. We need photographs that relate to any of our five campaign themes: community, environment, education, economy, and tourism. Think positive and show us that! We want to embrace all the good things about the Gulf of Mexico.