The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a Regional Ocean Partnership working to sustain the resources of the Gulf of Mexico. Led by the five Gulf States, the broad partner network includes federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-profits in the region. Our goal is to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Governors of the five Gulf States identified six priority issues that benefit from regional collaboration. With support from state and federal agencies, academic organizations, non-profits, and businesses in the region, Gulf of Mexico Alliance Partners work collaboratively on teams to address the region’s priorities in ways that a single entity cannot.
Other committees that support the Gulf of Mexico Alliance include the Federal Working Group, an advisory committee consisting of federal agency personnel working on Gulf issues; the Business Advisory Council, an advisory committee representing seven of the largest industries in the Gulf region; a Research Funders Forum which serves as an open platform for research funding programs to meet and share needs, priorities, and challenges; and a Public Relations Committee, representatives of all six teams seeking to provide outreach for the teams as well as the Alliance as a whole.
In 2010, the Alliance Management Team adopted a constitution to document how the Alliance functioned and to establish an Alliance staff at the Headquarters Office in a centralized location in coastal Mississippi. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident occurred in April of that same year, and BP chose the Alliance to administer their voluntary 10-year research program called Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.