Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Alliance Strategic Planning Survey: 2022 and Beyond

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is making excellent progress on many of its goals. We invite you to help us as we are beginning the early stages of planning for Action Plan IV. Please take this survey to inform our progress.

In June of 2016, the Alliance released the Governors’ Action Plan III for Healthy and Resilient Coasts. It is the third in a series of action plans to address issues common to all five Gulf States in a voluntary and cooperative way. Action Plan III was an ambitious five-year plan combining new and ongoing regional priorities, including coastal resilience, data and monitoring, education and engagement, habitat resources, water resources, and wildlife and fisheries. It added new, Team cross-cutting issues marine debris, ecosystem services, and conservation, restoration and resilience planning. Our Teams have worked hard to implement projects under this plan.

As Action Plan III is reaching completion, it is time to begin strategic planning for the Alliance’s next action plan. As part of the strategic planning process, we are re-evaluating the focus areas under the six priorities and three cross-team initiatives with input from state and federal agencies, academia, non-governmental organizations, and businesses in the region.

Please take the time to respond to this eight question survey. http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egsvje3gk4a0pcjy/start

The Alliance would like your input by Friday, February 14, 2020. Your responses will be provided to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Management Team for consideration and inclusion in the next action plan.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Kicks Off “Embrace the Gulf 2020” Campaign

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – January 7, 2020 – This month, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is launching “Embrace the Gulf 2020,” a daily awareness campaign highlighting the value and vitality of the world’s ninth-largest body of water. The goal of the campaign is to promote the sustainability, beauty, and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico. The Alliance is highlighting five focus areas that make the Gulf of Mexico a special place: resilient coastal communities, prosperous industries, superior educational opportunities, thriving tourism, and healthy ecosystems.

“The Gulf of Mexico is an astonishingly valuable natural resource that supports 60 million people who live here and an even greater number of people who visit,” said Laura Bowie, Executive Director of the Alliance. “As an organization, the Alliance wants to ensure positive messages are shared across a broad section of the local, regional, and national population. I’m immensely excited to share my personal passion for the Gulf of Mexico and her rich resources through Embrace the Gulf 2020.”

Gulf state governors, mayors, agency directors, and business leaders from the Gulf Coast are signing proclamations, issuing executive orders, and pledging their support for the Embrace the Gulf 2020 campaign.  A highlight of the effort is informative messages shared daily across multiple social media platforms. Additional campaign elements include state-specific education and cleanup events as well as a regional “Paddle the Gulf” ecotourism opportunity.

The public is encouraged to lend their support by engaging with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (@GOMAlliance) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share our daily Gulf related messages, create your own hashtags, and post positive images.  Join the #EmbraceTheGulf movement and tell us what the Gulf means to you!


About Gulf of Mexico Alliance
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recognizes the economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health. As the result of a shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas formalized the Alliance in 2004. A not-for-profit organization, the Alliance’s mission is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf region by encouraging collaboration among government agencies, businesses, education providers and non-governmental organizations. Priority issues addressed by the Alliance include water resources, habitat resources, community resilience, data and monitoring, wildlife and fisheries, and education and engagement. To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, visit www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.


Contact Information

Name:  Becky Ginn
Phone Number:  228-547-4808
Email Address:  Becky.Ginn@gomxa.org 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Laura Bowie has the “Final Say” this month in South Mississippi Living Magazine

The Embrace the Gulf 2020 campaign is off and running! Each month during 2020, South Mississippi Living magazine will feature the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the EmbraceTheGulf campaign. For January, the Alliance’s Executive Director, Laura Bowie, had the “Final Say”. Turn to page 146 in the January edition and read what the Gulf of Mexico means to her – http://www.smliving.net/.
Be sure to engage the campaign on social media via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@GoMAlliance).

Monday, December 16, 2019

Crist Introduces Regional Ocean Partnership Bill, Addresses Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Concerns

Ocean Springs, MS – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL), along with Representatives Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Chris Smith (R-NJ), introduced the Regional Ocean Partnership Act (H.R. 5390). The bill would formally authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROP) as partners with the federal government to address ocean and coastal concerns. It will provide ROPs with more consistent funding to help them perform their critical mission of supporting ocean and coastal health, sustainability, and resiliency.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is an ROP, operating for years as a regional organization convened by the five U.S. Gulf of Mexico state governors. The Alliance fosters collaboration between federal, state, local, and tribal governments, as well as other stakeholders. Their mission is to collaborate regionally to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
“As Floridians, we know it is our duty to preserve our way of life by keeping our oceans and coasts clean and thriving. The work of Regional Ocean Partnerships, such as the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, is critical in achieving that goal,” said Rep. Crist. “These partnerships need more consistent and predictable funding, and by formalizing this arrangement, we help ensure our oceans and coasts are better supported for generations to come.”

“When the coastal communities in my district face an issue in the Mississippi Sound, it is oftentimes not exclusive to Mississippi and impacts large portions of the Gulf Coast region,” said Rep. Palazzo. “Our legislation fosters collaboration between coastal states through information and data sharing related to the oceans. We are introducing this bill today to better understand our oceans while working together to protect our resources for years to come.”
In July, MS Senator Roger Wicker introduced S.2166; a companion bill called the Regional Ocean Partnership Act. It was voted out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and is awaiting consideration by the full chamber.
“The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is excited about what the Regional Ocean Partnership Act will mean for coordination and collaboration within the regions. Allowing for expanded actions that cross programmatic and geographic boundaries is imperative for meaningful regional accomplishments in coastal restoration and resilience,” said Laura Bowie, Executive Director of the Alliance.
Executive Order 13840, Ocean Policy to Advance Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, recognizes the importance of ROPs in supporting interagency engagement and collaboration on cross-jurisdictional ocean and coastal matters. The four existing ROPs include the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance), Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), and West Coast Ocean Alliance (WCOA). Working with the other regions, Bowie took a leadership role to bring the importance of regional ocean partnerships to Congress. In addition to providing more secure and predictable funding, authorization under this bill will give ROPs the ability to leverage funds from multiple federal agencies against state and private funding sources, thus boosting their ability to address coastal and ocean issues of regional concern.


Learn more about Regional Ocean Partnerships.
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Friday, November 15, 2019

South Mississippi Living embraces the Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is getting closer and closer to the launch of the Embrace the Gulf 2020. Just under two quick months away we'll begin the positive campaign to showcase all the good things the Gulf of Mexico has to offer.

This month, South Mississippi Living magazine gave the campaign a little plug. They will be featuring something wonderful about the Gulf every month of the year 2020.

Now is a great time to make your involvement official. It is easy. Go to EmbraceTheGulf.org.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mississippi Restoration Summit

The Mississippi Restoration Summit is held annually and hosted by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. This public summit is an opportunity to hear about ongoing restoration efforts on the Gulf Coast. 

These free meetings generally allow participants to:
  • Hear new project announcements,
  • Get updates on current projects, and
  • Learn more about public engagement opportunities.
Today, our staff are displaying during the summit. Our partners from the MSU Extension Service are teaching high school students about microplastics.