The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is a Regional Ocean Partnership with a mission to collaboratively enhance the ecological and economic health of the region through multiple Priority Issue Teams and working groups. One of the priorities identified in the Alliance’s Governors' Action Plan III is the need to "coordinate data efforts and exchange information across local, state, and federal programs." The Alliance recently received funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address this priority.
On September 30th, Alliance staff visited the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe for an update on their resilience project. The Tribe is working to save culturally important native plants as part of their community resilience plan in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, LA. They've made a lot of progress on this Gulf Star project sponsored by BHP.
The Alliance Water Resources Team focuses its efforts on a wide range of water resource concerns affecting the region. Through Gulf Star support, the Alliance is making strides addressing the issue of harmful algal blooms (HABs). The Team is working with partners on observation glider deployments, handheld generic sensors, and a study on the economic impacts. And, in January, the Water Resources Team is joining the Education and Engagement Team for a one-day discussion on the science and communication of harmful algal blooms.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Engagement Team invites you to participate in an Embrace the Gulf photo competition. We need photographs that relate to any of our five campaign themes: community, environment, education, economy, and tourism. Think positive and show us that! We want to embrace all the good things about the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf of Mexico Alliance
January 15-17, 2020
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is planning Mid-Year Meetings with several of the Teams and regional programs. Meetings will be held with:
Gulf of Mexico Monitoring Community of Practice…
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) received two 2019 Gulf Guardian Awards at a ceremony hosted by the EPA Gulf of Mexico Division in Gulfport, MS. The Programs that were recognized are the regional Gulf Star public-private partnership, and Gulf Tree, an interactive decision-support tree to help users find climate tools.
Partners around the Gulf of Mexico are gearing up to Embrace the Gulf in the next year, 2020. Paddle the Gulf will connect blueways across the five U.S. Gulf states. Organizers of the project need a new logo. They are accepting logo designs from student designers with awards for the top ranked logos.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Data and Monitoring Team will hold a Team call Friday, September 6, 2019, 10:00 am CT or 11:00 am ET. The agenda includes:
Guest Presentation: Gulf Data Synthesis Center: Baton Rouge Area Foundation
The Marine Debris Cross-Team Initiative is holding their Mid-year Meeting at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas, on October 8-9, 2019. The meeting will address marine debris and it’s impacts on the Gulf of Mexico. Registration is open.