Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf
Gulf of Mexico Alliance
e-Newsletter June 2018 
Were you with us in St. Pete?
- by Laura Bowie, Executive Director

Get to Know GOMA
Get to Know GOMA Breakfast 
Where were you the week of June 11-15th? Many of us in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) family were in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the annual GOMA All Hands meeting. Attended by more than 400 people, we celebrated the rotation of the Alliance Management Team chair to Florida; we heard first-hand hurricane experiences; we hosted more than 24 tools at our annual Tools Café bingo; we kayaked a mangrove swamp; we learned about communicating our stories over coffee with Kitty; and we conducted six priority issue team meetings and three cross-team meetings.

Our keynote address was from Florida Department of Environmental Management Secretary Noah Valenstein and he noted, " Whether it's helping our communities prepare for sea level rise, or hurricanes, it's imperative that we are connected with our Gulf of Mexico Partners and that's what GOMA is all about."
One Last Thank You to Our 2018 All Hands Sponsors 
Equinor * Shell 
The Balmoral Group * GCOOS * NOAA 
Gulf Regional Sea Grant
NGI * The Nature Conservancy 
Ocean Conservancy * HRI* GOMURC * NatureServe 
Florida Department of Environmental Protection  
EPA Gulf of Mexico Program * National Audubon Society  
Mote Scientific Foundation 
National Wildlife Federation * Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation   
Regional Ocean Partnerships Provide Forums
for Coordination and Collaboration

On June 19th, President Trump issued an
Executive Order recognizing the National Ocean Policy recognizing Regional Ocean Partnerships as an excellent mechanism for engagement and coordination of ocean and coastal-related issues.
Since 2004, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) has been operating as the Gulf's Regional Ocean Partnership; guided by principles and priorities established in action plans developed by the Gulf States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Today, GOMA is on its third, five-state governor approved action plan that outlines goals and objectives for six priority areas and three initiatives.
As such, GOMA regularly provides forums for collaboration. We will continue our forward momentum on identified actions and encourage other Federal agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and businesses to join us in addressing the region's most pressing ocean and coastal issues. 
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Videos

The Alliance unveiled new videos at All Hands this month. GOMA Headquarters, working through the Coastal Resilience Team, Education and Engagement Team, and the Marine Debris Initiative developed short pieces that showcase some of our projects.  

Watch us on Vimeo.
Catch us on YouTube through our media page.
It's Time to 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. 
We want to showcase all the positive aspects of our region. 

The time to plan is now.  We're just getting started and we hope you'll join us.  Contact the campaign with

Explore what you can do to  Embrace the Gulf.

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

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) - Complete information on these and other projects 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

Florida - In May, Triumph Gulf Coast began the coordination of BP settlement money to Northwest Florida. Funded projects include new water and sewer lines for an industrial park, technical-education programs, and the expansion of the Port of Panama City. 
The Gulf Consortium  and  Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) maintain websites of related restoration information. Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation organized to oversee the expenditure of 75 percent of all funds recovered by the Florida attorney general for economic damages to the state that resulted from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Triumph activity can be found  here.    
Alabama - Activities of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) are on their website. 
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 the RESTORE Council approved $20 million to projects in six parishes as part of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Parish Matching Opportunities Program. CPRA created the incentive program to partner with local parishes to make needed local projects achievable. 

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 - The program opened their FFO-2019 this month. See below for details. This opportunity and other information is on their dedicated website. 

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program
This month NAS released, "Understanding the Long-Term Evolution of the Coupled Natural-Human Coastal System". The report studies the deeply connected natural and human interactions and feedbacks that led to a complex, interconnected coastal system.  
The program anticipates the "Thriving Communities Grants 5" to open in July. Announcements and activities related to Gulf of Mexico research and restoration can be found on the Gulf Research Program website

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)  The Trustee Council will hold an annual public meeting on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Long Beach, Mississippi. This will be preceded by an outreach and education workshop on July 18th.  The Implementation Groups (TIGs) announcements this month include:
  • The Alabama TIG made available information from their April public meeting. 
  • The Florida TIG reported that the restoration of Shell Point Beach in Wakulla County was complete and open for tourists. 
  • The Louisiana TIG held its annual public meeting on June 26th. The group also approved the release of an additional $2.6 million to the Final Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds. Specifically, additional funds were needed on projects in the Barataria and Terrebonne basins for ridge and marsh creation.
  • The Mississippi TIG announced the opening of the new Gulf Coast access and education exhibits at the INFINITY Science Center. The group also announced they are taking public submissions for 2018-2019 projects.  
All Trustee activities and comprehensive Gulf NRDA information is available on

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - A complete list of the NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund projects and open Requests for Proposals can be found on their website.   

North American Conservation Wetlands Act fund (NAWCA) - This announcement and other pertinent information 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 accepting submissions for scientific sessions. The deadline is July 1, 2018. The conference is planned for February 4 - 7, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Get comprehensive information on GoMRI research at 

Visit the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker and the Story Map.

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

People for Bikes Grant Program  - Program accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. Letter of interest acceptance begins  June 11, 2018 and closes July 23, 2018.   
Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resilience and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning - This program supports tribes preparing for extreme events and harmful environmental trends that impact tribal treaty and trust resources, economies, infrastructure, and human health and safety. The Program will provide funding for tribal projects that support tribal resilience and ocean and coastal management planning as tribes incorporate science (including Traditional Knowledge) and technical information to prepare for the impacts of extreme events and harmful environmental trends. The deadline is July 2, 2018.
NOAA RESTORE Science Program FFO-2019 - This funding competition will support long-term projects to investigate trends in the Gulf of Mexico's living coastal and marine resources and the processes driving them. Required pre-proposals are due July 30, 2018 and full proposals are due October 29, 2018.
EPA Gulf of Mexico Program Request for Proposals 2018 - Solicitations under this announcement from eligible entities are for projects that address water quality improvement; coastal habitat and ecosystems enhancement, restoration and/or protection; environmental education and outreach; and community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region and its watersheds. The deadline is July 31, 2018.
American Honda Foundation - Grant making that supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. The deadline is August 1, 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:
  • NRDA Trustee Council Outreach and Education Workshop July 18, 2018
  • NRDA Trustee Council Annual Public Meeting July 19, 2018 
  • GOMA Wednesday Webinar Series - Microplastics July 25, 2018
  • Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous November 28-29, 2018
Comment Periods

Click here to request a comment period to be shared in our next newsletter.   
The Council on Environmental Quality is taking comments on considering updating this document, "Implementation of Procedural Provisions of National Environmental Policy Act" (NEPA). Comments are due July 20, 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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