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  • Marine Cadastre Survey (5/30/2018) - The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) requested GOMA’s assistance to gather feedback on the Marine Cadastre. To fill this request, we are asking all of our partners to take a short (<10 mins) survey. MarineCadastre.gov is a cooperative effort by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide authoritative ocean data, tools, and support to the offshore renewable energy and marine planning communities.
  • Impact of Gulf Restoration (5/25/2018) - Billions of dollars will be devoted to restoring Gulf of Mexico ecosystems over the coming decades. However, there is no common method to assess restoration progress across the many different types of funded projects in the region, making it impossible to understand how different projects are contributing to broader environmental, social, and economic goals. A…
  • New Opportunity for A Blueways Trail: Meeting at GOMA All Hands (5/25/2018) - Are you interested in blueways paddling? If so, please join the luncheon at the GOMA All Hands meeting on Wednesday (June 13) from noon until 1:30 in room HTC3. Organizers are planning a discussion to develop a regional partnership to connect and expand bluewater trails in the Gulf of Mexico and the potential for a “five state paddle” event to celebrate and embrace the Gulf in 2020.
  • Alliance Habitat Resources Team to Hold Web Seminar: Building Partnerships for Land Conservation in the Gulf (5/18/2018) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Habitat Resources Priority Issue Team is holding a web seminar: Building Partnerships for Land Conservation in the Gulf. Land Conservation is an important tool for creating a healthier Gulf of Mexico. Land acquisition, easements, and stewardship can be used to improve water quality and water quantity; habitat for species of concern; community resilience; and quality of life. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 3:00 pm CDT.
  • Monitoring Community of Practice to Meet at 2018 All Hands (5/15/2018) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance's new Monitoring Community of Practice is holding a pre-meeting on Monday, June 11th at the 2018 All Hands Meeting. The new group will establish a network for sharing in many aspects of modeling - data inputs through end users.
  • Wednesday Webinars (4/30/2018) - GOMA is hosting a Wednesday Webinar series, the last Wednesday of every other month at 2:00pm Central/3:00pm Eastern. Join us to hear about great resources and projects from around the Gulf.
  • Participants Sought for New Modeling Community of Practice (4/30/2018) - As the Gulf of Mexico community continues to advance the tools for data collection, interpretation, and analysis, there may be value in establishing a network for information sharing among system modelers. Organizers want to gauge interest in a new community of practice by casting a wide net for anyone who is interested in the many aspects of modeling - data inputs through end users.
  • Ocean Hour – A Grassroots Effort (3/29/2018) - The concept of Ocean Hour is to spend at least one hour every Saturday cleaning a local beach or waterway in northwest Florida. It started with one woman and has grown to be so much more. The non-profit group works in northwest Florida. Through hard work and diligence, they are now in demand and work with everyone from youth groups, the local military naval station, to the national park service.
  • Florida Community Benefits from GOMA Small Grant (2/27/2018) - Residents, business owners, and city staff in New Port Richey, Florida now have peace of mind that heavy rains and storms will not cause damage or cut off local roadways, thanks to new stormwater equipment purchased with funds from a Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Resilience grant. City staff recognized the need to replace aging…
  • Happy Mardi Gras (2/13/2018) - Happy Mardi Gras! Festivities are underway all along the Gulf Coast. Here are a few suggestions for what to do with all those wonderful throws.
  • GulfCorps (1/30/2018) - The Nature Conservancy (TNC) launched an innovative regional initiative this month called the GulfCorps Program. Three hundred jobs are expected to be created over three years thanks to the innovative conservation effort. The $7 million-dollar project will be carried out by a partnership formed with TNC, The Corps Network, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and NOAA. The project is funded through coordination with the NOAA Restoration Center and the RESTORE Council.
  • New Central Gulf Coast Chapter for Beach Preservation (1/30/2018) - The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) has a new Central Gulf Coast Chapter. The ASBPA is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing our coasts by merging science and public policy. The new regional chapter intends to serve as an advocate for the diverse shores and beaches of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana by capitalizing on the time, talents, and treasury of all coastal professionals for preserving, protecting, and enhancing our coasts.
  • Benthic Habitat Mapping Workshop (1/3/2018) - A Gulf of Mexico Benthic Habitat Mapping Workshop will be held at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. The workshop supports the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Data and Monitoring Team’s Master Mapping Plan focus area. This year, partners hope to develop a model for alignment of the many mapping efforts already ongoing or funded for the near term. Updates from various efforts will be shared, including the Florida Coastal Mapping Program, the RESTORE Council-funded Council Monitoring and Assessment Program (CMAP), and the Alliance’s Master Mapping Plan.
  • 2017 Gulf Star Projects Selected (11/29/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) announced today the award of more than $666,000 for 11 Gulf Star projects. This is the second year of the Gulf Star public-private partnership program. The awards, developed in consultation with GOMA’s Priority Issue Teams, address small, but foundational issues associated with coastal resilience, water quality, habitat resources, data and monitoring, wildlife, education, and ecosystem services.
  • TNC Launches New Migratory Species Conservation Project (11/29/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico hosts an extraordinary wealth of migratory marine life—70 percent of highly migratory fish, several sea turtle species, one-third of North American bird species and many marine mammals in the North Atlantic inhabit this ecosystem. Until recently, little was known about the migration patterns of species once they entered the Gulf. In…
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Announces Final Coastal Resilience Awards (11/6/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to announce Coastal Resilience Awards for two community projects totaling $90,000. The community recipients are The City of Fairhope, Alabama and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for a project benefiting Terrebonne and LaFourche Parishes. The awards are supported by funding from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management.
  • Winning Photo Submissions (10/31/2017) - We have the results of the fall Gulf of Mexico Alliance Photo Contest! Congratulations to Best in Show Joe Meiman and Cory Diaz (Under 18) for their fantastic snaps.
  • New Paper Offers Strategies to Manage 45 Coastal Species (10/24/2017) - U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists synthesized existing information on ecological thresholds related to environmental changes for 45 species of coastal fish, wildlife, and plants. The selected species are ecologically, economically, and culturally important. Published in Ocean & Coastal Management, the new paper “A synthesis of thresholds for focal species along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts” offers insights on strategies for managing coastal resources.
  • New Report: Plans Reviewed for Endangered and Threatened Species Actions (10/3/2017) - A new report is available that identifies restoration actions that could impact multiple threatened or endangered species in multiple states. The document, Recovery Plan Review for Downlisting/Delisting, presents 80 conservation actions to downlist or delist 27 species along the Gulf of Mexico. The actions are taken directly from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, or State Recovery Plans and 5-year review documents. The project was conducted with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) Wildlife and Fisheries Team (WFT) through a 2016 Gulf Star award.
  • Hurricane Success Stories (9/28/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance works across the region addressing issues of human, economic, and ecological resilience. Here, we share success stories from our partners. In no way do we want to diminish the long recovery ahead following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. But, however small they may be, we want to highlight the things that worked.
  • September Restoration Updates (9/28/2017) - Each month the Gulf of Mexico Alliance shares restoration updates for the region. This month the eNewsletter is dedicated to hurricane success stories. We are sharing regional restoration activity here and will resume normal eNewsletter activity in October.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance and BHP Form Partnership to Support the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe in Coastal Louisiana (9/19/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is proud to announce a project to support coastal resilience and habitat restoration activities with the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, Louisiana. BHP, a new Gulf Star partner, is funding this unique project. GOMA will work with partners in the region to identify and implement priority actions to address the Tribe’s cultural and historical resilience, in alignment with the Tribe’s Strategic Plan and ongoing work.
  • Hurricane Notes (9/18/2017) - Hurricane Notes is a listing of resources shared from partners with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and subsequently listed here. It is a compilation of various links and not an exhaustive list. Some links may be useful for future storms.
  • GOMA Meets with White House Council on Environmental Quality (8/31/2017) - On August 1st, members of GOMA's Alliance Management Team met with the White House Council on Environmental Quality to discuss the future of the National Ocean Policy and regional ocean partnerships.
  • Gulf Star RFP Deadline Extended to September 15th (8/30/2017) - Due to the ongoing situation associated with tropical system Harvey, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is extending the Gulf Star Program Request for Proposals deadline to September 15th.