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  • 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.
  • 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.