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  • Gulf Star project continues to provide valuable insights on the economic impact of Florida HABs (8/31/2021) - In 2020, the GOMA Water Resources Team worked with economists from the Balmoral Group to understand the financial effects of the 2017-2019 Florida harmful algal bloom (HAB) event. These economic data are highly relevant as Florida has been impacted by another significant HAB event this summer. Results from the project included information on tourism, housing sales, and fishing…
  • Updated and expanded Coastal Community Resilience Index now available (8/31/2021) - The GOMA Coastal Resilience Team and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium have released a newly updated and expanded version of the Coastal Community Resilience Index (CRI) self-assessment tool. Coastal communities use the CRI to evaluate their vulnerabilities and identify opportunities to improve resilience. The updated version includes expanded information on communication, planning for vulnerable populations, health impacts, and more. The…
  • Motiva joins Gulf Star Program (8/31/2021) - GOMA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Motiva Enterprises LLC as they become the most recent organization to join the Alliance’s Gulf Star Program. Funding from Motiva will support work in Tampa Bay, Florida, focused on marine debris removal, prevention, and education activities with local schools. All projects in the Gulf Star Program accomplish actions…
  • GOMA Water Resource Team launches new project in Texas (8/31/2021) - The GOMA Water Resources Team is continuing its work to study the connections between economic health and water quality with a new project in coastal Texas. Researchers at Harte Research Institute will examine the economic impacts of long-term degraded water quality and brown tide harmful algal blooms in Baffin Bay, Texas. Economic data focused on the tourism,…
  • Tool Time with Dave Season 2 officially kicks off (8/31/2021) - GOMA’s “Tool Time with Dave” virtual tools café series officially kicked off on August 10th and has been covering tools focused on databases and decision support, socioeconomics, and habitat/ species data management. The September schedule can be found on our website, so be sure to mark your calendar with the upcoming dates! Esri, the world leader in…
  • GOMA Team Mid-Year Meetings move to a virtual-only format (8/31/2021) - Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, GOMA has decided to switch the Team Mid-Year Meetings on September 21-23, 2021, to a virtual-only format. If you have registered to attend in person you will automatically be transferred to a virtual registration. No action is necessary from you to change your registration status. If you have made travel…
  • Sharing GOMA’s impact near and far (8/3/2021) - Laura Bowie, GOMA executive director, recently participated in two discussions highlighting GOMA’s positive impact in Gulf. On July 15, Laura participated in a panel webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of State, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. This webinar was the first in a series of events spotlighting women-led innovations to address climate challenges. Already,…
  • GOMA and RESTORE Act Science Program hosting joint session at AGU Fall meeting (8/3/2021) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance and RESTORE Act Science Program are co-hosting a session during the 2021 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, December 13-17, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The session, Natural Resource Management Needs for a Changing Gulf of Mexico, will focus on natural resource management needs in the Gulf of Mexico, case studies of co-produced…
  • Tool Time Season 2 kicks off this August with Esri partnership (8/3/2021) - Join GOMA for Season 2 of the “Tool Time with Dave” virtual tools café starting Tuesday, August 10th, 2021. Season 1 featured 24 of the latest tools and resources for the Gulf of Mexico region. Tool topics are designed to assist stakeholders in making educated decisions regarding topics such as coastal resilience, data management, flood…
  • Register now for Team Mid-Year Meetings (8/3/2021) - Register now for GOMA Team Mid-Year Meetings on September 21-23, 2021. Meetings will be held at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi, and offered in a hybrid format with options to attend in-person or virtually via Zoom. A nominal registration fee ($50) is required for either virtual or in-person attendance. Visit our website for registration…
  • Save the date: upcoming GOMA Wednesday Webinars (6/30/2021) - Join us the last Wednesday of every other month to hear the latest news and project information from GOMA. Save the date for our upcoming Wednesday Webinars: July 28th – Gulf of Mexico Monitoring Community of Practice Wrap-up and What’s Next September 29th – Marine Debris Tracking in Galveston Bay, Texas November 17th – Gulf of Mexico Open…
  • Reminder: deadline approaching for Texas Water Quality Economics RFP (6/30/2021) - The GOMA Water Resources Team is currently soliciting proposals for a new project to examine the economic impacts of recurring brown tide harmful algal bloom events in Baffin Bay, Texas. The economic data will support ongoing work to improve water quality and restore this iconic bay system. Additional project details and a request for proposals are available here. The…
  • “Get to Know the Gulf” articles highlight native wildlife (6/30/2021) - The Embrace the Gulf initiative has expanded beyond just social media with regular stories in South Mississippi Living magazine highlighting interesting facts about native wildlife species. This month, black skimmers are in the spotlight. Skimmers are best known for their long bills, but they aren’t born that way! Black skimmer chicks have a top and bottom bill of equal…
  • Submit your tool presentation application for “Tool Time with Dave” Season 2 (6/30/2021) - GOMA is currently taking applications for tool demonstrations for Season 2 of our virtual tools cafe, “Tool Time with Dave.” Submissions are requested from any GOMA partner interested in sharing more about their online or paper-based tool(s). Submissions are due via email to dave.reed@gomxa.org by COB on Monday, July 12th, 2021. Accepted applications will be notified by…
  • Register now for Team Mid-Year Meetings (6/30/2021) - GOMA will host Team Mid-Year Meetings on September 21-23, 2021 at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. This meeting will be hosted in a hybrid format with options to attend in-person or virtually via Zoom. A nominal registration fee ($50) is required for either virtual or in-person attendance. Visit our website for registration and meeting…
  • Register now for upcoming virtual roundtable on offshore wind energy (5/31/2021) - Join us for a virtual roundtable discussion to learn about a new Renewable Energy Task Force taking shape in the Gulf of Mexico. Speakers from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, Coastal Zone Management Program, and Shell will provide perspectives and answer questions on regional offshore wind goals,…
  • Prepare for hurricane season now with the “Homeowners Handbook” (5/31/2021) - Individuals, families, and communities all have a role to play in reducing their risk from hurricanes and other natural disasters. GOMA encourages all Gulf Coast residents to get ready for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins on June 1. The “Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters” is a resource for homeowners and other Gulf Coast residents…
  • GOMA continues popular “Tool Time with Dave” webinar series this summer (5/31/2021) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is launching a second series of virtual Tools Café webinars this summer. Last year’s “Tool Time with Dave” webinar series, hosted by Dave Reed, GOMA Program Director, featured 24 tools on a wide range of Alliance priority topics including sea-level rise, water quality, and socioeconomics. The 2021 webinar schedule, call…
  • GOMA’s Water Resources Team requests proposals for Texas water quality economics project (5/31/2021) - The GOMA Water Resources Team is currently soliciting proposals for a new project to examine the economic impacts of recurring brown tide harmful algal bloom events in Baffin Bay, Texas. The economic data will support ongoing work to improve water quality and restore this iconic bay system. This project is funded by Freeport McMoRan through…
  • Compilation of northern Gulf sediment data is now available (5/31/2021) - A new compilation of sediment data and associated gap analysis are now available on the GOMA website. The report includes a wealth of spatial data including historic geophysical surveys, sediment core and grab samples, interpreted sediment bodies, planned borrow areas, proven sediment sources, and marine hazard and avoidance areas. Maps of available digital data are also…
  • Embrace the Gulf initiative expands reach with PSA video (4/30/2021) - The Embrace Gulf 2021 initiative has expanded beyond social media with a new public service announcement video. Our PSA showcases the vitality and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico. Watch the video now and be on the lookout for a local broadcast in your area. Lately, the PSA has been seen on cable channels such as CNN…
  • Over 1,200 coastal scientists and managers engage during virtual Gulf of Mexico Conference (4/30/2021) - GOMA hosted the Gulf of Mexico Conference (GoMCon) virtual preview on April 14, 2021. GoMCon combines the annual GOMA All Hands Meeting, the annual Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, and the triennial State of the Gulf Summit. Bringing these three meetings together in a combined conference emphasizes the important intersections between restoration,…
  • New Gulf Star projects set to make a positive impact across the Gulf (4/30/2021) - GOMA’s Gulf Star Program is a unique public-private partnership that leverages contributions from agencies, businesses, and non-profits without requiring match funds from grant recipients. The new projects for 2021 focus on supporting GOMA Team actions such as coastal resilience, underrepresented and underserved communities, citizen science water and marine debris monitoring, living shorelines, wildlife conservation, and…
  • GOMA Team Mid Year meetings coming to Biloxi this fall (4/30/2021) - Save the date for the GOMA Team Mid-Year meetings on September 21-23, 2021 in Biloxi, Mississippi! This meeting will be hosted in a hybrid format with options to attend in-person or virtually. Our teams have been working diligently over the last year and we are excited for a sense of “normalcy” as we slowly re-introduce…
  • GOMA hosts workshop to prioritize oyster data needs (3/31/2021) - 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…