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.
The award also meets Congressional intent to enhance the capacity of regional ocean partnerships for data sharing and integration, as outlined in Executive Order 13840. Partnered with the Alliance are the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), NOAA Office for Coastal Management, and others to engage with regional stakeholders in developing a comprehensive data inventory, identifying gaps, and discussing data sharing challenges. The Alliance’s Data and Monitoring Team will host an in-person stakeholder workshop during the Team’s Mid-Year Meeting, January 16-17, 2020 in Mobile, AL.