Embrace the Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico provides food, shelter, protection, security, energy, habitat, recreation, transportation, and navigation – playing an important role in our communities, states, region, and nation. To highlight the value and the vitality of the Gulf of Mexico region, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance conceived an awareness campaign “Embrace the Gulf” for the entire year 2020. The awareness campaign will culminate in a multi-stakeholder, cross-sector celebration of the importance of the Gulf of Mexico throughout the year 2020.

Re-launch of GOMA Portal

The GOMAportal.org is a metadata catalog, and data repository for Gulf of Mexico related geospatial datasets housed at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI). The portal was developed initially by the former GOMA Ecosystem Integration and Assessment (EIA) Team. GOMAportal.org holds the results of a multi-year project to improve the state metadata for geospatial datasets for the Gulf of Mexico. The system contains metadata and data that may not be found in other standard repositories.

Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council adopts final Multiyear Implementation Plan and submits to Treasury for review

On Friday, July 13, 2018, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (Council) adopted Alabama’s final Multiyear Implementation Plan (MIP) and submitted it to the Department of Treasury for review. Once approved, the Council must submit individual grant applications for each project included in the plan. Projects proposed are all located in the Gulf Coast Region.

Marine Cadastre Survey

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) requested GOMA’s assistance to gather feedback on the Marine Cadastre. To fill this request, we are asking all of our partners to take a short (<10 mins) survey. MarineCadastre.gov is a cooperative effort by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide authoritative ocean data, tools, and support to the offshore renewable energy and marine planning communities.

Impact of Gulf Restoration

Billions of dollars will be devoted to restoring Gulf of Mexico ecosystems over the coming decades. However, there is no common method to assess restoration progress across the many different types of funded projects in the region, making it impossible…

New Opportunity for A Blueways Trail: Meeting at GOMA All Hands

Are you interested in blueways paddling? If so, please join the luncheon at the GOMA All Hands meeting on Wednesday (June 13) from noon until 1:30 in room HTC3. Organizers are planning a discussion to develop a regional partnership to connect and expand bluewater trails in the Gulf of Mexico and the potential for a “five state paddle” event to celebrate and embrace the Gulf in 2020.

Alliance Habitat Resources Team to Hold Web Seminar: Building Partnerships for Land Conservation in the Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Habitat Resources Priority Issue Team is holding a web seminar: Building Partnerships for Land Conservation in the Gulf. Land Conservation is an important tool for creating a healthier Gulf of Mexico. Land acquisition, easements, and stewardship can be used to improve water quality and water quantity; habitat for species of concern; community resilience; and quality of life. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 3:00 pm CDT.