Gulf of Mexico Alliance 
Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf   

Registration for All Hands 2020 is open and there is no time like the present to let us know you are attending.

Teams are planning their agendas now. A draft master agenda is on the website to plan your June schedule.

Room block accommodations are open with the Beau Rivage. Make your reservations now with the best selections still available.

Go to the All Hands page for information and updates as they become available.

2020 All Hands Sponsors

Xylem YSI

For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities contact Becky Ginn.
GoMOSES 2020 a Time of Reflection and Anticipation

The final Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Sciences (GoMOSES) conference in Tampa, Florida, welcomed nearly 700 people, representing 32 U.S. states and 10 countries, and included 82 oral sessions and two poster sessions.  
A pre-conference symposium offered reflections on research accomplishments and collaborations fostered through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.  
The conference concluded with the exciting anticipation of future Gulf-focused convenings at a new bi-annual Gulf of Mexico Conference (GoMCON) that will combine the GoMOSES conference with the Harte Research Institute's tri-annual Gulf Summit and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance's annual All Hands meeting.
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How Can I Help Embrace the Gulf?

Photo by Kristina Boburka
The campaign is underway. Some 65 entities made their involvement official and 28 proclamations are signed with more on the way.

Often, we get questions, what can I do to help?
Here are 10 things for engaging the campaign and helping the Gulf of Mexico.

And the Paddle the Gulf logo winner is ...

University of Alabama student, Kiley Peruch, is the winning designer for the Paddle the Gulf initiative!
The Paddle the Gulf working group recently announced the winning logo for the new initiative. Paddle the Gulf aims to network and showcase coastal blueway paddle trails throughout the five Gulf of Mexico States (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). They hope to enhance public awareness and promote stewardship of the region's coastal resources.
To get involved, contact Becky Allee.  

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To support our varied partner network, we are sharing Deepwater Horizon-related restoration updates on the restoration page of our website. It is updated with recent announcements.

Recent restoration updates are available for: 
  • NOAA RESTORE Science Program
  • NAS Gulf Research Program
  • The Water Institute - Louisiana Center of Excellence
  • NRDA Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (TIG)
  • NRDA Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
  • RESTORE in Louisiana
  • RESTORE in Mississippi
  • NWFW Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Florida


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

Selected events:
  • Webinar: Fighting Marine Debris
    March 5, Online
  • Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium
    March 6-7, Fontaineblue State Park, LA
  • Seminar: Herding Oil at the Surface
    March 12, Online & Metairie, LA
  • GOMA Wednesday Webinar: Vulnerability & Adaptation Planning
    March 25, Online
  • 2020 Florida Coastal Mapping Summit
    March 31, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Celebrate the Gulf - Marine Education Festival
    April 4, Pass Christian, MS
  • Texas Bays & Estuaries Meeting
    April 23-24, Port Aransas, TX
  • Louisiana State of the Coast
    May 26-28, New Orleans, LA
  • GOMA All Hands Meeting
    June 23-25, Biloxi, MS
Funding Opportunities

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance maintains a Funding Opportunities web page of programs. Below are our selected opportunities this month.

DOI NPS FY2020 Tribal Heritage Grant Program The Tribal Heritage grants will fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for cultural resources including: survey, inventory, oral histories, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and bricks and mortar repair. The deadline is March 11, 2020 .
NFWF Fishing for Energy 2020  Request for Proposals The NFWF, on behalf of partners Covanta Energy Corporation and the NOAA Marine Debris Program, is pleased to announce the Fishing for Energy availability of up to $500,000 in grant funding to support strategies to reduce the impacts of derelict fishing gear to marine and coastal environments and navigational safety. The deadline is March 31, 2020 .
NOAA NMFS 2020 BREP Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Grants
The mission of BREP is to support the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch of fish and protected species (including Endangered Species Act-listed fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles) and to reduce impacts to invertebrates (including sponges, deep-sea corals, and shallow (tropical) corals.) The deadline is 
April 2, 2020 .

Comment Periods

Louisiana TIG Proposed Changes Point-Aux-Chenes Small Boat Launch   
Comments on the draft supplemental environmental assessment are due March 2, 2020.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Rule
The USDA seeks public comments on its interim rule for its agricultural conservation easement program. The deadline is March 20, 2020.

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