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  • 2018 Gulf Star Report (1/18/2019)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recently released the 2018 Gulf Star Report. The public-private partnership supports the goals of the Governors’ Action Plan III. The report highlights programs and successes accomplished through the Alliance's Teams and Initiatives.
  • Mid-year Meeting Updates & Cancellations (1/10/2019)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is cancelling the Gulf of Mexico Monitoring Community of Practice and mid-year Priority Issue Team meetings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Education and Engagement Team business session scheduled for January 23rd is also cancelled. However, the Visual Messaging 101 on January 24th in Biloxi, MS, will go as planned.
  • #GivingTuesday – Embrace the Gulf (11/27/2018)- This #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting a positive campaign for the Gulf of Mexico. There are 207 estuaries, 15.6 million acres of wetlands, 8 national parks and 47 wildlife refuges in our Gulf ecosystem. It is time to showcase all the good things the Gulf has to offer. Join us as we set the foundation to Embrace the Gulf in 2020. #EmbracetheGulf 
  • Wednesday Webinar – Harmful Algal Bloom Detection (11/26/2018)- Our last Wednesday webinar of the year will be on Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) detection. Kate Hubbard with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will give us this timely presentation. You must pre-register to join the webinar on November 28th at 2:00pm CT.
  • Governor Ivey Announces $48.7 Million for Restoration and Conservation Projects in Alabama (11/20/2018)- Governor Kay Ivey announced on Monday the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has approved more than $48 million for eight new projects, which focus on the restoration and conservation of Alabama’s natural resources.
  • Alabama Announces Two RESTORE Council-Selected Restoration Component Awards (10/29/2018)- The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announced two awards approved by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, through the Council Selected Restoration Component RESTORE Funding Bucket (“Bucket 2”). An approximately $5.2 million will go toward comprehensive watershed restoration planning and submerged aquatic vegetation restoration and monitoring.
  • Alabama Releases Draft State Expenditure Plan for 45-day Public Comment Period (10/9/2018)- On October 5, 2018, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (Council) released its Draft State Expenditure Plan (SEP) for a 45-day public comment period. The proposed activities for Spill Impact Component funding in this plan have a total estimated cost of $132,294,450.
  • Gulf Star Results: How Much of Tampa Bay Is Suitable for Living Shorelines? (9/27/2018)- This month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWC: FWRI) completed the Gulf Star award, “Living Shoreline Suitability Model for Tampa Bay: A GIS Approach.” The project helped predict the suitability of living shorelines in the area. A program component was to develop outreach materials that resulted in the story map: Living Shoreline-Tampa Bay.
  • Wednesday Webinar – Tool Highlights (9/24/2018)- The GOMA Data and Management Team will host a Tool Highlights webinar. They will cover the latest tools for research, resilience, and conservation.
  • Island Restoration Project to Play Key Role in Future of Louisiana’s State Bird (9/21/2018)- In the early 1900s, Louisiana’s brown pelican population was estimated at 50,000 to 80,000. The widespread use of the insecticide DDT, however, took a huge toll on many bird species, including the brown pelican. By 1963, the bird was no longer found in the “Pelican State” except on its flag. Biologists are targeting island restoration to help the birds by restoring critical habitat.
  • Public Webinar – RESTORE Funded Priorities List 3: A Look Ahead (9/18/2018)- The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) is beginning the process to develop the next Funded Priorities List (FPL), targeted to be finalized in mid-2020. Two public webinars will be held on September 26, 2018.
  • Bays & Bayous Abstract Submission Extended – September 19th (9/13/2018)- The Alabama Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium abstract submission period is extended to Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
  • Alliance Sea Level Rise Workshop (8/30/2018)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance held a Northern Gulf of Mexico Sea Level Rise Data, Scenarios, & Modeling Workshop on August 7th-9th, 2018. The goals were to develop a template for developing sea level rise scenarios; and, to examine recent geospatial outputs both with a focus on modeling landscape change.
  • New Louisiana Coastwide Reference Monitoring System Website (CRMS Wetlands) (8/30/2018)- The Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS), funded through the Coastal Wetlands, Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Task Force and the State of Louisiana, provides data for several monitoring parameters from restoration projects. Data includes land to water ratios, surface water salinity, surface water temperature, water levels, soil porewater, vegetation, soil characteristics, marsh surface elevation, and accretion.
  • NatureServe Ecological Resilience Indicators Report (8/30/2018)- NatureServe just released a new report, “Ecological Resilience Indicators for Five Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems.” It is the result of a project that established conceptual ecological models for salt marsh, mangrove, seagrass, oyster, and coral ecosystems. The models guide the identification of indicators, the metrics used to assess them, and metric ratings that allow evaluation of ecological conditions and ecosystem service provisions.
  • Hess Corporation Joins the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Gulf Star Program (8/14/2018)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES), which aims to invest in projects that support a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico. Hess is a leading independent oil and gas producer in the Gulf of Mexico and is the newest supporter of the Alliance’s Gulf Star Program.
  • Embrace the Gulf (8/7/2018)- The Gulf of Mexico provides food, shelter, protection, security, energy, habitat, recreation, transportation, and navigation – playing an important role in our communities, states, region, and nation. To highlight the value and the vitality of the Gulf of Mexico region, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance conceived an awareness campaign “Embrace the Gulf” for the entire year 2020. The awareness campaign will culminate in a multi-stakeholder, cross-sector celebration of the importance of the Gulf of Mexico throughout the year 2020.
  • Re-launch of GOMA Portal (8/7/2018)- The GOMAportal.org is a metadata catalog, and data repository for Gulf of Mexico related geospatial datasets housed at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI). The portal was developed initially by the former GOMA Ecosystem Integration and Assessment (EIA) Team. GOMAportal.org holds the results of a multi-year project to improve the state metadata for geospatial datasets for the Gulf of Mexico. The system contains metadata and data that may not be found in other standard repositories.
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council adopts final Multiyear Implementation Plan and submits to Treasury for review (7/20/2018)- On Friday, July 13, 2018, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (Council) adopted Alabama’s final Multiyear Implementation Plan (MIP) and submitted it to the Department of Treasury for review. Once approved, the Council must submit individual grant applications for each project included in the plan. Projects proposed are all located in the Gulf Coast Region.
  • Regional Ocean Partnerships Provide Forums for Coordination and Collaboration (6/28/2018)- On June 19th, President Trump issued an Executive Order regarding the National Ocean Policy recognizing Regional Ocean Partnerships as an excellent mechanism for coordination of ocean and coastal stakeholders within a region.
  • Were you with us in St. Pete? (6/28/2018)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is on a high after a very successful 2018 All Hands Meeting. Were you in St. Pete? With well-over 400 people in attendance, the meeting was high energy with a lot of accomplishments.
  • 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.