Gulf of Mexico Alliance 
Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf   
Previous E-Newsletter Had Bad Links

Please use this email as a replacement for the previous eNews for May due to bad links. Our apologies.
Updated Homeowners Handbooks Are Now Available

 
June is the official start of the hurricane season for the Gulf Coast. Designed specifically for homeowners, the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters is a critical resource for anyone wanting to reduce the risks to their family and property from natural hazards. The handbook covers essential information on emergency preparedness, evacuation planning, flood/wind insurance, and steps to protect life and property.
 
Read more and get your electronic copy. 
Sediment Management Next Steps: Creating a Sand Resource Availability Tool

Photo by Nick Vitale
The Alliance Habitat Resources Team is taking the next steps in their actions to address sediment management. In 2018, the Alliance funded the Louisiana Sand Availability and Allocation Program (LASAAP) through its Gulf Star Partnership. The project compiled data to create an ArcGIS-based decision support tool to assist natural resource managers and others in restoration decision-making. With the successful completion of this pilot project, the Team is now expanding the tool to other sites in the five Gulf states.  
 

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.

Marine Debris Cross-Team Initiative Virtual Meeting 
June 12, 2020 

The Alliance cross-team will meet to review accomplishments and begin Action Plan IV planning. Contact Caitlin Wessel for more information.
 
Adapting to a Changing Gulf Region: An Online Course
June 17 - October 7, 2020

Learn to apply key concepts, science, and tools in climate change adaptation to your regional conservation work through a new interactive course hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Review the course syllabus. R egister for the course. 

Coastal Resilience Team Call
June 30, 2020
The Alliance Coastal Resilience Team will hold their next call to continue development of Action Plan IV. Contact Rhonda Price for more information.

CMAP Monitoring and Mapping Inventory
July 23, 2020
The Monitoring Community of Practice will hold a live demonstration of this web tool. Web access and agenda to follow. Contact Ali Robertson for information.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Wednesday Webinar
July 29, 2020
The next bi-monthly program will be on the e conomic impacts of harmful algal blooms with Valerie Seidel and Craig Diamond of the The Balmoral Group.  Download access information.

Virtual Tools Cafe' 
Beginning August 2020 
Join "Tool Time with Dave", coming late this summer. Thank you to everyone that submitted a tool for these virtual sessions. Details will be shared soon.

COVID-19: Impacts on Fisheries and Management

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council plans to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the fishing communities. They are gathering input from  fishermen and those involved in fishing-related businesses whose fishing effort or businesses has been directly affected by COVID-19. The deadline to respond is June 10, 2020.

Resources

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shoalMATE
NOAA and BOEM developed this new tool to reduce dredging impacts to essential fish habitat.

CyAN app
EPA's Cyanobacteria Assessment Network mobile application ( CyAN app) is an easy-to-use and customizable app that provides access to algal bloom satellite data for over 2,000 of the largest lakes and reservoirs across the United States.
 
Restoration

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.

These programs had updates:
  • NOAA RESTORE Science Program
  • Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 
  • NRDA Florida Trustee Implementation Group
  • Louisiana Coastal Protection Restoration Authority
  • Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence 
  • NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Alabama

Funding Opportunities

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

Grants are intended to fund environmental concerns within the coastal zone and promote sustainable economic development. Mandatory Pre-proposals are due June 10, 2020.

USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program
Projects are to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. The deadline is June 26, 2020 .

NEP Coastal Wetlands Grant Program
Administered by the Restore America's Estuary Program in cooperation with the EPA, the grants are designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance. Letters of intent are due August 7, 2020.
 
Comment Periods

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Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic: Snapper-Grouper Fishery; Regulatory Amendment 33. NMFS proposes to implement management measures described for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Snapper-Grouper FMP). If implemented, this would remove the requirement that if the South Atlantic red snapper season (commercial or recreational) is projected to be 3 days or less, the respective season would not open for that fishing year. The purpose of this is to improve access to South Atlantic red snapper, particularly for the recreational sector. The deadline is June 15, 2020.

Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagics Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region; Framework Amendment 8. NMFS proposes to implement management measures related to king mackerel commercial trip limits. The purpose of this proposed rule is to support increased fishing activity and economic opportunity while continuing to constrain harvest to the annual catch limit (ACL). The deadline is June 18, 2020.

Ocean Dumping: Modification of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Offshore of Port Everglades, FL The EPA is reopening the comment period for a proposed modification of the existing EPA designated ocean dredged material disposal site (ODMDS) offshore of Port Everglades, Florida. The primary purpose for the site modification is to enlarge the ODMDS to serve the long-term need for a location to dispose of suitable material dredged from the Port Everglades Harbor and for the disposal of suitable permitted dredged material. The deadline is  June 22, 2020.

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Expansion NOAA is inviting public comment on the expansion proposal as well as pelagic longline and spearfishing exemption requests. The deadline is July 3, 2020. 
 

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May 2020

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