Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf

Gulf of Mexico Alliance
e-Newsletter March 2017  
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Gulf of Mexico Alliance Gulf Star Program Announces New Partnership 
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to announce a new partnership with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) to invest in projects that support a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico. The oil and natural gas producer is the newest member of the Alliance's Gulf Star Program. The company chose the Alliance as a significant way to invest in science-based solutions to challenges facing the Gulf community. Anadarko's approach to social investment is about more than writing a check, as the company seeks to collaborate with organizations to serve the needs of the region. 

The Gulf Star Program was created in 2015 as a public-private partnership to fund critical projects in the Alliances' Governors' Action Plan III. In 2016, the Alliance awarded over $630,000 supporting 19 projects across 7 critical Gulf issues. Plans are underway to issue another round of projects in late 2017. Anadarko joins the Alliance's 2017 efforts to support projects that invest in a healthy Gulf of Mexico.
"Gulf Star partners like Anadarko are enabling us to actually implement regional science-based projects that the Alliance Teams have developed through the years.  We are grateful to all our Gulf Star partners for believing in the program," noted Laura Bowie, Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. 
Gulf Star is designed to increase the region's resilience by addressing foundational issues that are important to government, academia, not-for-profits and business. Those include healthy seafood supplies, improved habitat conservation, higher quality water resources, increased natural resource stewardship, and improved strategies for land use planning.
With their investment, Anadarko joins other Gulf Star partners Shell, The Nature Conservancy, Freeport-McMoran, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, and the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. More information about the Gulf Star Program, Action Plan III and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance priority issues can be found at

2017 All Hands Meeting
2017 Master Plan Data Viewer at the Tools Cafe

We are still at the 2017 All Hands Meeting in Houston,
Texas. It has been a great week dedicated to work on our shared Gulf of Mexico. Progress couldn't be made without the strong commitment of all our partners. 

We couldn't pull off this annual meeting without the support of our sponsors. Please join us as we thank them. 

                                           Thank You Sponsors

Shell * Statoil

Gulf Sea Grant Program

The Nature Conservancy * NOAA * EPA Gulf of Mexico Program

Allen Engineering & Science * GCOOS * Xylem Inc

Freese and Nichols


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

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) - Find up to date information on

In the States

FloridaThe Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) maintains a comprehensive website. Each impacted county engages directly through the Gulf Consortium
and the Florida Association of Counties.    
Alabama - Follow Alabama restoration here website
MississippiTo read about Mississippi restoration activities visit Making Mississippi Whole
Louisiana - The State of Louisiana is represented by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) on state and RESTORE Council activities. Coastal Louisiana restoration updates are available on the CPRA website.  
Texas -  Restoration activity 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 Act Science Program -  Information related to this program and others is on their dedicated website. 

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program - NAS 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) - All TIG activity and comprehensive Gulf NRDA information is available on

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund 
The NFWF website has information on all funded projects with a map of all their programs worldwide.

North American Conservation Wetlands Act fund (NAWCA) - 2017 grant deadlines and other information are available on the NAWCA website

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) - Get comprehensive information on GoMRI at

Visit our Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker Story Map.


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

Link to Funding Opportunities page

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Red Snapper Abundance Estimate RFP - The RFP seeks proposals to estimate the abundance of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A required letter of intent is due April 7, 2017. The full proposal is due June 9, 2017.

Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund - Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale. Pre-proposal applications are due by April 7, 2017.

National Environmental Education Foundation Capacity-Building Program - Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. The deadline is April 12, 2017.

MS Department of Environmental Quality Sea Grant Education and Outreach (EOE) Grant Program - The primary goal of this Program is to fund education, outreach, and extension programs to provide information regarding how upland restoration and conservation work provides benefits to connected downstream estuarine and marine ecosystem. The deadline is April 13, 2017.
USEPA Region 6 FY17/FY18 Wetland Program Development Grants - The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs. The deadline is April 14, 2017.
NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program - RCS will make awards to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The deadline is April 21, 2017.  
Corporation for National & Community Service AmeriCorps State and National Grants - With this competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in Healthy Futures related to prescription drug abuse and Safer Communities related to law enforcement and community relations. The deadline is May 10, 2017. 

NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Funding Calendar

commentComment Periods

Click here to request a comment period to be shared in our next newsletter.  

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has several amendments at different stages of amendment and review open for public comment. These include but are not limited to deep sea coral, reef fish stocks, and Red Snapper management among others. These can be accessed on their page Scoping through Implementation


Scroll through our events calendar for these and other upcoming activities.

Visit our Events page

Visit the Regional Coastal Training Program for upcoming workshops on soil loss and erosion, oysters 101, and bay friendly landscaping coming up in April and May.

May 16-18: Climate and Resilience Community of Practice in the Gulf of Mexico
Rescheduled November 15-17: GOMA Coastal Resilience Team Fall Meeting

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