Benthic Habitat Mapping Workshop

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

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.

Winning Images

Congratulations to the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Alliance Photo Competition winners! We’ve tinkered with the photos to place them here so they will not reflect their original quality. We will release a link to all photos once the winners have…

New Paper Offers Strategies to Manage 45 Coastal Species

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

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

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

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.