GEMS Project Is Making Strides

The Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS) project is working to standardize measures of the socioeconomic benefits of restoration. With billions of dollars forecast over the coming decade, a set of common models and metrics…

Crist Introduces Regional Ocean Partnership Bill, Addresses Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Concerns

U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL), along with Representatives Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Chris Smith (R-NJ), introduced the Regional Ocean Partnership Act (H.R. 5390). The bill would formally authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROP) as partners with the federal government to address ocean and coastal concerns. It will provide ROPs with more consistent funding to help them perform their critical mission of supporting ocean and coastal health, sustainability, and resiliency. 

Update: Gulf Star Water Watch Programs

The Water Resources Team has recently supported the expansion of citizen science programs in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.  All three projects are part of the Gulf Star program and partially funded by the Hess Corporation. All three programs are focused on water quality and marine debris monitoring, data collection, and analysis.

Ensuring Data Access through Regional Data Sharing

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.

Making Strides on Harmful Algal Blooms

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.

Enter Now – Embrace the Gulf Photo Competition

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.