This month, GOMA hosted a virtual workshop with over 80 stakeholders from around the region to prioritize data important for oyster management. Speakers also shared information from the Restore Gulf Coast Monitoring and Assessment Portal and the Esri Living Atlas.

This workshop continues to build on data needs, gaps, and barriers to access identified in the Oyster Data Sharing Blueprint and GOMA’s regional data sharing strategy. It also supports GOMA’s capacity for data sharing and integration through the Gulf of Mexico Open Data Platform (GOMOD). Launching in June, GOMOD will initially connect users to regionwide seagrass data. Oyster data will be added over the next year based on input from the workshop.