Gulf of Mexico Alliance 
Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf   

It's tool time with Dave! Join us every other Tuesday at 2:00 pm central to learn about the latest tools and resources for the Gulf of Mexico. These virtual sessions will showcase our partners' work and provide participants an opportunity to ask questions. Dave Reed, Data and Monitoring Team Co-Chair, is our host. Presenters, tool descriptions, and webinar information are coming in July.      
The first Tool Time is Tuesday, August 4th about sea level and stormwater. Use this link to access the program  
Save these additional dates:  
  • August 4th and 18th 
  • September 1st and 15th
  • October 6th and 20th
  • November 10th and 17th

Oyster Blueprint Is Now Available

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance developed an overarching strategy for regional data sharing for oyster management. It includes 1) stakeholder engagement to identify data uses, gaps, and barriers; 2) data identification; and 3) data connection through the Gulf of Mexico Open Data Platform. The strategy aligns with five priority habitats identified by our Teams: seagrass, oysters, benthic, salt marsh, and mangroves.

The Oyster Blueprint is the result of a stakeholder engagement workshop with oyster managers from around the Gulf region, held in January 2020.

Embrace the Gulf Campaign Delivers Positive Messages

The social media campaign continues to soar, no pun intended. New Facebook promos began this past month and people love pelicans and hummingbirds. This meme reached over 54,000 people and had more than 128,000 impressions. We see many of you liking and sharing. Keep it up. People are enjoying the positive messages delivered every day.

The campaign continues to rack up proclamations. Forty-five (45!) organizations, states, cities, counties, parishes, committees, and regional organizations proclaimed 2020 the Year to Embrace the Gulf. Keep 'em coming. 

Join the campaign on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
Virtual Events

In the wake of the COVID-19 response, many events are occurring online. We are sharing these virtual opportunities. Please email us with items you think are of value to our partners.

GOMA Comprehensive Planning Cross-team Initiative Meeting 
August 5, 2020
The Coastal Resilience Priority Issue Team, together with both the Habitat Resources and Wildlife & Fisheries Teams, has scheduled a Gulf-wide web meeting. They will discuss the initiative's progress and next steps for Action Plan IV. Get Adobe Connect access information.

GOMA Education and Engagement Team GoToMeeting  
August 10, 2020
The Team's meeting is devoted to the development of the Governor's Action Plan IV, Education and Engagement Team focus areas and actions. Get GoToMeeting access information. 
Tool Time with Dave
August 18, 2020
This program covers tools related to coastal landscapes and land cover. Access the Tool Time webpage for complete information.  

Actionable Science in the Gulf of Mexico Seminar Series
September 3, 9, 15, and 23, 2020
NOAA RESTORE Science Program research is presented through the OneNOAA Science Seminar platform. Get webinar access and seminar subject information.

GOMA Gulf of Mexico Alliance Wednesday Webinar
September 30, 2020
The next bi-monthly program will be on the new tools for data sharing: GOMA CAT and the Gulf of Mexico Open Data Platform. Download access information.

Video and Photograph Portal
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) portal contains video and photography of the seafloor and aerial imagery along much of the coastal U.S. 

GoMRI Farewell Newsletter
The final newsletter for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative includes the top ten science and scholar website highlights as well as reflections and visions for the future from members of the GoMRI community and leadership. 

Coastal Restoration Toolkit 
Restore America's Estuaries developed this toolkit to address information you need to launch a restoration project in your community. Topics include flooding, coastal erosion, invasive species among others. 


To support our varied partner network, we are sharing Deepwater Horizon-related restoration updates on the restoration page of our website. 

These programs had updates: 
  • NOAA RESTORE Science Program
  • National Academy of Sciences' Gulf Research Program
  • RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Louisiana 
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees
  • NRDA Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group
  • NRDA Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group
  • NRDA Florida Trustee Implementation Group
  • NRDA Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group 
  • Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Funding Opportunities

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

NOAA Marine Debris Program FY2021 Marine Debris Removal
Projects awarded through this grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological benefits and habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources through on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with highest priority for those targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Letters of intent are due September 4, 2020.

NSF Disaster Resilient Research Grants
The call for proposals is for research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards. The deadline is September 15, 2020.

EPA FY 21 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants
Applications should deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. The deadline is September 22, 2020.

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