Regional Ocean Partnerships are organizations voluntarily convened by the governors in collaboration with other governments and stakeholders to address ocean and coastal issues of common concern in that region. In June 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order regarding the National Ocean Policy, recognizing Regional Ocean Partnerships as an excellent mechanism for engagement and coordination of ocean-related issues.

Regional Ocean Partnerships:

  • Are focused on issues that are priorities for that region;
  • Are inclusive and provide a voice for a wide variety of stakeholders;
  • Provide intentional and inclusive coordination and collaboration; and
  • Leverage public and private funding to accomplish common objectives.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a Regional Ocean Partnership working to sustain the resources of the Gulf of Mexico. Led by the five Gulf States, the broad partner network includes federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-profits in the region. Our goal is to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.


2018 Executive Order 13547 “Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States
2019 S.2166 Regional Ocean Partnership Act
2019 H.R.5390 To designate Regional Ocean Partnerships of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes.

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