Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf
Gulf of Mexico Alliance 
e-Newsletter August 2018 
Alliance Sea Level Rise Workshop

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance held a Northern Gulf of Mexico Sea Level Rise Data, Scenarios, & Modeling Workshop on August 7th-9th, 2018. The goals were to develop a template for developing sea level rise scenarios; and, to examine recent geospatial outputs both with a focus on modeling landscape change.  

The workshop was in partnership with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative. Nearly 50 people attended the event located at the Gulf Coast Research Lab's Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Invited experts as well a diverse group of state, federal and academic members of the Alliance's Community Resilience, Habitat Resources, and Wildlife & Fisheries Priority Issue Teams, attended the workshop.
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ICYMI: Hess Corporation Joints the Gulf Star Program

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance was pleased to announce this month a new partnership with Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES), which aims to invest in projects that support a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico. Hess is a leading independent oil and gas producer in the Gulf of Mexico and is the newest supporter of the Alliance's Gulf Star Program.

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NatureServe Ecological Resilience Indicators Report

NatureServe just released a new report, "Ecological Resilience Indicators for Five Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems." It is the result of a project that established conceptual ecological models for salt marsh, mangrove, seagrass, oyster, and coral ecosystems. 

The models guide the identification of indicators, the metrics used to assess them, and metric ratings that allow evaluation of ecological conditions and ecosystem service provisions.

Embrace the Gulf

We are now seeking support to implement our marketing plan. Partners are continuing to explore how they will be involved in the 2020 campaign. Learn more about sponsoring or partnering to Embrace the Gulf in 2020.  
GCOOS Data Portal and Products Survey

GCOOS (Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System) needs your help. Please take a few minutes to take a brief survey about their data portal and associated products. Your input will help GCOOS maximize the benefits to users and help guide the development of future products, features, and resources. 
New Louisiana Coastwide Reference Monitoring System Website (CRMS Wetlands)

The Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS), funded through the Coastal Wetlands, Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Task Force and the State of Louisiana, provides data for several monitoring parameters from restoration projects. Data includes land to water ratios, surface water salinity, surface water temperature, water levels, soil porewater, vegetation, soil characteristics, marsh surface elevation, and accretion. 

Two webinar trainings will be held September 11, 2018, to orient users how to use the resource.   


Activities related to Deepwater Horizon oil spill research and restoration are updated monthly.

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) - This month, in conjunction with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, the RESTORE Council announced an inaugural Alabama Restoration Summit to be held on October 11, 2018. Updates on multiple DWH restoration types will be held.  Complete information on RESTORE Council activity is available on
U.S. Department of Treasury - All RESTORE Act Direct Component activities administered by the Department of Treasury are listed on the official website

In the States

FloridaThe   Gulf Consortium  and  Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) maintain websites of related restoration information.    
Alabama - The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) activity is available on their website. 
Mississippi - The Mississippi Restoration Summit is planned for November 13, 2018 in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Restoration in Mississippi is led by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Visit the Office of Restoration web page for announcements, procurement opportunities, project updates, and more.
Louisiana - This month, Governor Educators announced an Interagency Coastal Storm Surge-Based Flood Risk and Resilience Awareness Campaign. The campaign focuses on the state's Master Plan which identifies risk to state infrastructure, services, health care, and education. The State of Louisiana is represented by the CPRA on state and RESTORE Council activities. Restoration activities are conducted in conjunction with the State's Master Plan. C oastal Louisiana restoration updates are available on the CPRA website.

Texas -  Deepwater Horizon related Texas restoration activities can be found on .

Centers of Excellence

Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program ( FLRACEP)
Alabama Center of Excellence (ACE)
Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence ( MBRACE)
RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Louisiana
Texas OneGulf
Texas Subsea Systems Institute

NOAA RESTORE Science Program - This month the program announced it has joined the OneNOAA Seminar Series. Over the coming months, research teams will share results of their NOAA RESTORE Science Program funded projects. To find out more information on these and other OneNOAA science seminars, see their online schedule. To find and subscribe to announcement go to RESTORE Science Program website. 

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program - 
This month NAS Gulf Research Program released the 2017 Annual Report. It highlights grant awards and fellowships that align with the programs long-term vision. The program announced their 2018 Science Policy Fellows and has two careers opportunities available. Learn more about these and other news.  

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) - The Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) announcements this month include: 
  • The Louisiana TIG began pre-construction monitoring activities on North Breton Island for a project that will ultimately involve bird habitat restoration. 

All Trustee activities and comprehensive Gulf NRDA information is available on   


National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - This month NFWF announced 2018 grant awards in the Five Star and Ubran Waters Restoration Program and the Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program among others. Grantees include members of the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation. A complete list of the NFWF supported projects and open Requests for Proposals can be found on their website.   

North American Conservation Wetlands Act fund (NAWCA) - Information for this program is available on the NAWCA website.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) - The 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES) is planned for February 4 - 7, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Registration is now open. Get comprehensive information on GoMRI research at 


The Gulf of Mexico Alliance maintains a Funding Opportunities web page of current opportunities. Below are selected opportunities from that page.

NAS Gulf Research Program Thriving Communities 5 - Applications should demonstrate approaches that will advance information exchange between resilience researchers and those that seek to implement policies and practices to enhance the resilience and well-being of their communities. The required letter of intent is due September 19, 2018 and full proposals are due November 28, 2018.

NOAA NMFS FY19 Cooperative Research Program (CRP) - Project proposals seek to improve and strengthen the relationship between fisheries researchers from NMFS, state fishery agencies, and universities and the U.S. fishing industry (recreational and commercial). The deadline is September 21, 2018.

Naiku Innovative Educator Grants - Grants support K-12 classroom teachers in public or private schools seeking to facilitate differentiated and data-driven instruction within teacher teams and/or personalize learning with learner-centric assessment strategies. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis through September 30, 2018.
NOAA Marine Debris Program Community-based Marine Debris Removal Projects - Projects awarded through the removal grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution and impacts. The deadline is October 29, 2018.
Science and Restoration  Funding Calendar 

Our events page lists workshops, conferences, symposia, trainings, webinars, and other notable activities. Please email us with things to post and share.

Selected future events:
  • GOMA Data and Monitoring Team Call
    September 7, 2018
  • Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
    September 12-14, 2018
  • Hypoxia Task Force 2018 Fall Meeting
    September 17-18, 2018
  • GOMA Coastal Resilience Team Bi-Monthly Team Call
    September 25, 2018
  • GOMA Wednesday Webinar - Tool Highlights
    September 26, 2018
  • Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous
    November 28-29, 2018
  • GOMA Coastal Resilience Team Mid-Year Meeting
    December 11-13, 2018
  • GOMA Marine Debris Cross-Team Initiative Mid-Year Meeting
    December 12-13, 2018
Comment Periods

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The FWS and NMFS are proposing amendments to their Endangered and Threatened Species: Interagency Cooperation consultation process. Comments are due by September 24, 2018. 

The FWS and NMFS are taking comments a proposed rule Endangered Species: Listing Species and Designating Critical Habitat. Comments are due September 24, 2018. 

The FWS is taking comments on the Endangered and Threatened Species: Revision of Regulations for Prohibitions to Threatened Wildlife and Plants. The comments are due September 24, 2018. 

The NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office maintains a bulletin of public notices and news releases related to topics of importance on many Gulf of Mexico issues.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has a website that includes fish regulations, amendments, and meeting announcements. See their Public Hearings for updates on sea turtle release protocol, venting tools, state management of recreational Red snapper, and other pertinent fishery management issues.

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