Ocean Hour – A Grassroots Effort

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.

GulfCorps

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

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

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.