Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Marine Debris Initiative Mid-year Meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Marine Debris Cross-Team Initiative met this week for their mid-year meeting at the Texas State Aquarium. This was the first time the group met in Texas. Agenda items included Hurricane Harvey and marine debris response, Texas specific initiatives, and break out groups covering action items for ongoing and new projects. The group practiced what they preach to reduce waste by using digital agendas, reusable name tags, and bring-your-own mugs.

Thank you to everyone for what you do to keep our waters trash free. Learn more about this initiative. 


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Business Continuity Workshop in Ocean Springs, MS

Business Continuity Workshop - Here at the Alliance we are always promoting disaster resilience. If your business is in coastal Mississippi or surrounding areas, you may be interested in this program on Tuesday, October 15th from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. A $15 fee provides access to the program and all materials presented. Register here.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Cultural Resilience with the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe

The Pointe au Chien Indian Tribe is working to save culturally important native plants as part of their community resilience plan in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, LA. They've made a lot of progress on a Gulf Star project sponsored by BHP. We had a great meeting this week with members of the PAC Tribe, Lowlander Center, and Louisiana Sea Grant

Read more about this program. 


Friday, September 27, 2019

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Wins Gulf Guardian Award

Ocean Springs, MS – The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) received two 2019 Gulf Guardian Awards at a ceremony hosted by the EPA Gulf of Mexico Division in Gulfport, MS. The Programs that were recognized are the regional Gulf Star public-private partnership, and Gulf Tree, an interactive decision-support tree to help users find climate tools. 

Gulf Star, awarded second place in the partnership category, originated in 2016 as a program to address region-wide issues that are tied directly to the Gulf of Mexico economies. Now in the fourth year, it boasts over 50 projects with over $2.5 million of funding. The innovative public-private partnership provides a means for diverse partners to support common issues. Public contributors include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and most recently the Environmental Protection Agency; private contributors include Shell, Freeport McMoRan, BHP, Hess, Anadarko, Equinor, Chevron, and most recently Clean Gulf Associates.
Gulf Tree received second place in the partnership category. Administered by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, this project was managed by the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Climate Outreach and Resilience Community of Practice. The three partners recognized the need to provide climate tool guidance to stakeholders such as natural resources managers and community planners. Gulf Tree provides logical steps to easily navigate the myriad of tools available; allowing the user to find the ones most applicable to them. The project was funded, in part by the EPA, under an assistance agreement to the Alliance.

The EPA Gulf of Mexico Program developed the Gulf Guardian awards to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies that take positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful, and productive. The awards exemplify innovative solutions that come about when partners pool resources and look for creative ways to positively impact our quality of life and economic well-being.

The two winning programs are exemplary ways the regional ocean partnership works around the Gulf of Mexico to accomplish impactful actions at the community level. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance was pleased to sponsor the Success Women's Conference this year. The Alliance's Development Director, Becky Ginn, was nominated as a Top Influencer. Ms. Ginn was recognized for her work at an awards ceremony this week at the conference.

 


Monday, September 9, 2019

Paddle the Gulf Logo Contest

Partners around the Gulf of Mexico are gearing up to Embrace the Gulf in the next year, 2020. Paddle the Gulf will connect blueways across the five U.S. Gulf states. It is a wonderful way to celebrate what the Gulf of Mexico has to offer by kayaking and canoeing these paddle trails. Organizers of the project need a new logo. They are accepting logo designs from student designers with awards for the top ranked logos.

Paddle the Gulf Logo Contest  

DEADLINE: All logo designs must be received by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on October 18th,  2019.

DESIGN AWARDS: $500 will be awarded to the designer with the top ranked logo, with awards in the amount of $300 and $200 for second and third place logos, respectively.

ELIGIBLE DESIGNERS: Students currently enrolled in an academic institution within the Gulf of Mexico region.

ABOUT PADDLE THE GULF: The purpose of the Paddle the Gulf (PTG) project is to connect and showcase blueways (kayak/canoe paddling trails) across the Gulf Coast, including the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. By showcasing these blueways, the project seeks to increase public understanding of coastal resources and promote stewardship of those resources. The project will inform and inspire people to be more connected to nature by paddling coastal streams and rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

Some key words that people think of when they hear Paddle the Gulf will be: kayaking, canoeing, paddling, rivers, streams, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf States, nature, water, coast, outside.

LOGO GUIDANCE: The logo design should communicate the interconnected blueway concept with a connection to the five Gulf Coast states and/or Gulf of Mexico. Top ranked logos will include multiple display options, for example a logo that can be displayed with and without the words “Paddle the Gulf”.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Logo designs should be emailed to Paddlethegulf2020@gmail.com by the deadline above
  • Each logo submitted MUST include the designer’s name in the logo file name
  • In addition to the attached logo, the submission email should clearly state the designer’s name; academic institution (with city, state); email address; and phone number
  • Designers may submit multiple logo designs
The winning designer will be notified via email and must submit a copy of all professional design files (to allow for printing and altering in the future) before receiving the cash award. For the winning logo design, Paddle the Gulf reserves full copyright of the design files.

QUESTIONS: For more information, please contact:
Amy Gohres                                        Phillip Hinesley                       Niki Pace
Amy.Gohres@altasprings.com          Phinesley@gulfshores.com    nlpace@lsu.edu 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Ladies of GOMA Headquarters

Have you ever wondered just who exactly works in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Headquarters Office in Ocean Springs, Mississippi? Meet them in this month's edition of South Mississippi Living magazine: Reflections of the Gulf Coast.