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.

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.