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Andrew Shepard

Andrew Shepard

Andy Shepard is former director and advisor for the Gulf of Mexico Research Collaborative (www.gomurc.org).  Previous experiences include: National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as Science Director, marine operations specialist, chief scientist on undersea expeditions, and Center Director (2004-2008); 2008-2011-- Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, FL.  His research interests include: advanced undersea research technologies for ocean ecosystem studies; research, monitoring and management of benthic habitats and associated living resources; and assessment of fishing gear performance and environmental impacts.

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The National Academies of Science- Gulf Research Program has position open for Communications/Media Specialist, which they need to fill right away (apply now)!  Questions – call Mike Banker at 202-334-1493 and apply here (https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NAS&cws=1&rid=8689).

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Products now available from the the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES) including:

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The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is seeking a professional to serve as our Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (RCOOS) Manager.

Primary Job Duties include:

 

  • Completing and maintaining a build-out plan for SECOORA’s RCOOS
  • Leading and managing the RCOOS
  • Leading and managing SECOORA’s Data Management and Communications
  • Supporting proposal development, member recruitment, and identification of funding opportunities
  • Supporting SECOORA operations, especially IT, and other technical needs.

Deadline to apply is July 10, 2017. For full details, please access PDF of announcement here: http://secoora.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/RCOOS-Manager-Final.pdf

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As part of its effort to solicit Gulf restoration ideas, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group, will host a webinar on Thursday, April 27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET to describe the NRDA restoration planning process, request for project ideas, and next steps for the Open Ocean Restoration Area.

The deadline for submitting project ideas is May 15, 2017. Project ideas can be submitted to NRDA database. OO TIG is targeting restoration for wide-ranging and migratory species at important points during their life cycles and geographic ranges, including inland, coastal, and offshore areas. 

To attend the webinar, register in advance at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7689366780932935683 (Webinar ID: 290-145-947).

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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) just released its report, "Making the Most of Restoration: Priorities for a Recovering Gulf." This follow-up to its 2014 report provides their recommendations on Gulf coastal ecosystems, with emphasis on estuaries. The report identifies "suites of projects that have the greatest collective impact on priority estuaries." Their approach included: reviewing federal, state and local planning and assessment reports; documenting existing stressors for each system; evaluating potential restoration needs required to tackle each underlying stressor; and prioritizing projects for a given estuary based on the greatest restoration needs.

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Proceedings from the 2016 Restore America's Estuaries conference are now available. The RAE web site also includes links to presentations and posters.

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The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative partnered with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to conduct a Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA). The resulting report assesses the relative vulnerability of various coastal habitats and species to impacts from expected climate changes, sea-level rise and coastal development. Intended purpose of the study include to inform collaborative regional conservation and adaptation efforts by identifying vulnerable species and ecosystems, the most common threats to species and ecosystems, and related research gaps.

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GCOOS' annual members' meeting is scheduled for March 23, 2017, in New Orleans. Register here by Feb 27! Hear updates on GCOOS activities from staff and sub-award recipients, and meet with representatives from partner organizations in the Gulf, including the U.S. IOOS Program Office, the IOOS Association and the National Academies of Science Gulf Research Program.

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The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is offering a training course entitled "Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program." Application deadline is Feb. 20!! Course dates are Jul 10-28, 2017.

This is a "hands-on data science course for both early career and established researchers to gain skills in data science, including scientific synthesis, reproducible science, and data management."

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The Membership Committee of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is seeking nominations for the organization's Board of Directors. GCOOS is the heart of data collection for the ocean and coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico -- collecting thousands of data points from sensors and ensuring the data are reliable, timely, accurate and available to all who need it.

Nominations are due by March 3, 2017. See here for details of the Board responsibilities and how to make nominations.

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The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) will host a webinar on Feb 16 at 4-5:30 pm ET. Registration requested, entitled "The Border Wall: Environmental Law and Policy." Experts will discuss how environmental law and policy may interact with the border wall Executive Order.

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The Texas Subsea Systems Institute funded by the RESTORE Act, announces its first open request for proposals. Priorities include collaborative, innovative programs to develop subsea wireless communications technologies applied to offshore, deepwater oil and gas operations. One 18 month grant for $300k will be awarded; the deadline for submissions is February 24, 2017 for April 2017 start date.

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GOMURC principal member, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) seeks an experienced and accomplished marine scientist to serve as Chair of University Programs.  The DISL is the administrative home for Alabama’s Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium. Please see the position announcement for position details and how to apply. Position is open until filled with interviews to begin in April.

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Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program announces two new offerings:

1) "Frequently asked questions: Oil edition" publication details the ins and outs of petroleum-- where it originates, what it’s made of, and how scientists track it in the environment.

2) "Exploring the intersection between oil spill science and response" free public seminar on February 6th, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Central) during the Gulf Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science conference in New Orleans, join in-person (Hyatt Regency New Orleans, LA, Bolden 6 room) or remotely through your computer and phone. This workshop will allow local scientists working on oil spill research and local emergency responders to clearly communicate their needs and form partnerships. Scientists will share peer-reviewed research results that can be applied to response and responders will share response priorities. Questions about the workshop- contact Monica Wilson, UF/IFAS Sea Grant, via email or at (727) 553-3516.

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The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council welcomes restoration ideas to be funded by RESTORE Act, NRDA , or NFWF funds. Submit restoration project ideas or comments by: web portals for the Trustees (NRDA funds), or State of Alabamae-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or by mail at ADCNR Coastal Stewardship Office ATTN: Alabama Restoration Plan Two, 3115 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, AL 36527.  Project ideas DUE February 3, 2017.

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) will meet Dec. 16, 2017 in New Orleans to vote on the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update. Register to attend meeting or Webinar here.

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On March 29-30, 2017, a "Gulf of Mexico Workshop on International Research (GOM-WIR)" will be held at the Riverside Omni in Houston, TX, to bring together expertise from broad disciplines to develop an international research agenda for the Gulf of Mexico. The workshop is sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI), the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program (NASGRP) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The objective of GOM-WIR is to identify, prioritize and facilitate potential international environmental research between Mexico, Cuba and the USA in the Gulf of Mexico. The facilitated workshop is by invitation only and will bring together up to 150 researchers from the USA, Mexico, and Cuba from academia, resource agencies and the private sector to participate. Go to the workshop web page at http://www.gulfinventory.org/ for more information and to request an invitation.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the HRI State of the Gulf Summit to be held on March 27-28, 2017; participants are invited to also attend the Summit.

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The Environmental Law Institute is hosting a webinar entitled "Ocean Policy & the Trump Administration: Key Issues for the Next Four Years" on December 9, 2016 at 10a to 11:30a ET. Leading policy experts from ELI, Oceana, Ocean Conservancy, Meridian Institute and Surfrider Foundation will present their views on the critical issues during this administration. Registration is open and required.

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance's latest newsletter includes announcement of new Memorandum of Understanding with GOMURC to promote collaboration with Gulf research universities and the Alliance. This agreement replaces original signed in 2011, and reinforces the value of the partnership for among other tasks promoting closer ties between the Gulf science and management communities.

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GOMURC principal member, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) seeks an experienced and accomplished marine scientist to serve as Chair of University Programs-- see position description and application instructions here.  Review of applications will begin by January 30, 2017.

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Registration for the 2017 State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit is now open; meeting will be held March 26-28, 2017 in Houston, TX. Summit byline is "OneGulf - Shaping the Future: Science-driven solutions for Gulf of Mexico problems." 

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In 2013, over 12% of 3000 oil platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico were decommissioned and targeted for removal or reef creation (BSEE 2016); 100-300 are decommissioned each year! The ATLONTIS Project is an alliance of public and private organizations considering the use and re-purposing of decommissioned oil and gas platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico for scientific research and monitoring. The new science base may be located in the northern Gulf Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease areas out to 1000 meters of water depth. We ask for your assistance in assessing interest and potential applications for conversion and operation of an OCS oil/gas platform for support for scientific research and environmental monitoring. 
 
Thank you for your attention and response to our short survey.
 
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The RESTORE Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana is soliciting feedback on a draft Research Strategy. The Research Strategy guides the competitive research that the Center supports and its focus is issues pertinent to Louisiana, with emphasis on advancing Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan. The Research Strategy identifies key topical near-term (< 2 years) and mid-term (2-5 years) research needs including articulation of the scientific and technical problems underlying these needs, potential outcomes, and multi-disciplinary opportunities. 

Feedback on the Research Strategy should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, November 7, 2016.

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The Nature Conservancy released new study on migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico. Understanding the migratory pathways of fish, sea turtles, marine mammals, and birds is critical to species survival, and to the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem. 

Dr. Jorge Brenner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  and his team, including Carly Voight and Dr. David Mehlman, worked with more than 100 scientists to synthesize information about the pathways of a variety of migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico. Our goal is to increase understanding of the migratory strategies and corridors of representative migratory fish, sea turtle, marine mammal, and bird species in the Gulf. Our hope is that information presented in this study will inform and motivate government decision-makers to support further research on migratory pathways to enable the survival of individual species and the protection of the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. 

You can also view a slideshow of some of the information included in the report.

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The Environmental Law Institute Ocean Program is asking for public input to an on-line survey intended to improve the transparency and engagement in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration (NRDAR) program.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP-- PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SHORT SURVEY to identify environmental monitoring programs or projects supported by academia or NGOs that may have been missed in the Ocean Conservancy's Charting the Gulf inventory of monitoring programs; this is an important regional effort to inform and improve DWH spill restoration efforts. If the survey does not apply to you, please share this news item with others. We need responses by end of November! Thanks.

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November 15, 2016, 8:30-2:30, MS DEQ will host a Restoration Summit at the Biloxi Convention Center featuring information and presentations on current projects, and community engagement opportunities to gather input on Deepwater Horizon restoration efforts in Mississippi.

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The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) Regional Association released its new Strategic Plan for 2017-2021. Its purpose is "to provide a roadmap for developing ocean tools, technologies and applications that will improve ocean forecasts, as well as our ability to protect the environment and support human safety and the Gulf economy."

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Posted by on in Gulf Opportunities

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative released its final Request for Proposals (RFP IV). They will support 2-year proposals for small teams or consortia and have a total for $65 million. Letters of Intent are due November 14, 2016, and final proposals due in March 2017.

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RESTORE Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana is now seeking nominations for its External Review Board to provide technical feedback to the Center on key research activities. The Board will be comprised of nationally and internationally recognized subject matter experts on topics relevant to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.

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University of Southern Mississippi and the College of Science and Technology invite applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director for the USM School of Ocean Science and Technology and Chair in the Division of Marine Science.

Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.usm.edu. Since the division is located at NASA SSC, the successful candidate must be able to pass a NASA background investigation to work at Stennis. To nominate a candidate or for inquiries about the position, contact Dr. Mohamed O. Elasri, Associate Dean, College of Science and Technology: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601-266-4886. Review of applications begins October 1, 2016 and continues until the position is filled.

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The Environmental Law Institute hosted webinar on Sep 21, 2016 from 1-2:30 EST for "RESTORE Council staff (including Executive Director Justin Ehrenwerth) to provide background on the plan and answer questions" on the Council's updated Comprehensive Plan. Contact ELI for record-- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative's Sea Grant Extension Program hosted oil spill science seminar, "Building Resilient Communities: Lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9 AM to 4PM (in-person registration starts at 8:30AM), Hardy Hall Ballroom, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, MS. For record contact Larissa Graham (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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The Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council will hold a public meeting on September 28, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana-- details here. During this meeting, we will present updates on the work of the Trustee Council and each Trustee Implementation Group (TIG):  Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Open Ocean, and Region-wide.

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has released a proposed update to its 2013 Comprehensive Plan that provides important additional strategic guidance for the Council to follow as it makes decisions on funding future projects and activities. The Council will host a series of public meetings across the Gulf Coast, including two public webinars, to discuss the draft Comprehensive Plan Update and seek public comments. Public comments on the draft Comprehensive Plan Update will be accepted from August 23, 2016 to October 7, 2016.

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance and MS/AL Sea Grant are seeking input from Gulf citizens to an on-line survey entitled Resilience Tools and Services Gap Analysis. Your input will help them identify gaps in coastal communities capabilities that enable them to withstand the impacts of natural and human-caused disasters.

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LSU move-in day was much slower than usual thanks to flooding. There are ways anyone can help LA flooding victims without traveling to the affected area. NOLA.com provides access to several. 

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Flooding on LSU campus, Aug 2016. Photo: The Advocate.

2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference Call for Abstracts is now open.

Theme will be Ecosystem Approaches to Gulf Response and Restoration. Stated interests include: application of science results to practical use; informing planning, preparedness, response and recovery for future events; what have we learned about oil spills and their impacts that can reduce uncertainty, mitigate ecological, social and health impacts of a future spill; advanced response strategies; and how to improve restoration efforts. 

Conference sessions emphasize applications of recent oil spill science to restoration, resource management and oil spill response. Each session will include invited speakers and oral presentations; papers not selected for oral presentations will be afforded an opportunity to participate in the poster session.

The deadline to submit an abstract is September 26, 2016. You do not need to be registered to submit an abstract. Registration will open in a few weeks.

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The National Academies Gulf Research Program is hosting a webinar on August 11, 2016 (register here), to summarize its new funding opportunity for research practices grants. This partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is entitled, Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience and Well-being in the Gulf of Mexico Region.

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NAS Report Release

On July 26, 2016, National Academies Gulf Research Program will release new report entitled, Effective approaches for monitoring and assessing Gulf of Mexico restoration efforts. The program will host a related webinar/info briefing at 10am EDT on July 26 (register to attend or view webcast here).

REPORT NOW AVAILABLE HERE.

 

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The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced it is developing the program's final Request for Proposals VI (RFP-VI) for release in October. Two-year grants for 2018-2019 will fund research activities for Years 9-10 (1 January 2018–31 December 2019) and focus on:

  • Continuation of previously designated research themes and topics that have emerged;
  • Data integration from various sources;
  • Scientific synthesis across themes and consortia or other overarching scientific and technological products exploiting the GoMRI scientific legacy.

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Coastal ocean observing needs

The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) is seeking comments on the new attached report entitled, National Strategy for a Sustained Network of Coastal Moorings. 

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The report specifically states that "the Gulf of Mexico in general is a major gap area in the U.S. for ecosystem monitoring from coastal moorings" (p. 25)

Submit comments to either Vembu Subramanian <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> by Aug 4 or after then to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.

 

 

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Gulf state disasters

Gulf of Mexico states batting a thousand in 2016 by being involved in all 8 billion dollar natural disasters, also implicated in 30 deaths, which hit the U.S. between Jan and May 2016, based on information compiled by NOAA. The analyses by the National Centers for Environmental Information include time series, maps and links to articles that describe methods and results.

Dispatches From The Gulf  video series now available via guide containing descriptions and links to each of 50 short films cross-referenced to the corresponding GoMRI research theme and consortia

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Sea Grant and GOMRI have a partnership to focus on making Deepwater Horizon oil spill science available to managers and the public. They recently produced a brochure focused on oil spill impacts on fisheries. It is a good resource for related literature and an easy to understand state-of-science summary.

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The Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary welcomes public comments on its proposed boundary expansion to include other deep banks across the northern Gulf of Mexico outer shelf; see the bottom of the news item page for how to submit comments via regulations.gov, due by August 9, 2016.

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance, GOMA) released the Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts today. This is the third major effort by the Alliance, approved by all five U.S. Gulf Coast State governors.

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The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program (NRASP) released its 2017 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) "focused on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats and requests proposals under two program priorities. One priority focuses on research and the other priority focuses on science application in the form of decision-support tools. Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund."

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Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2016 is Jun 7-9. Agenda includes keynote by Christy Goldfuss, White House Council on Environmental Quality and may sessions that highlight the important issues and services provided by our coasts and oceans. You can participate remotely via oceanslive.org

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There are now many eNewsletters and social network services to follow. . . or not?! GOMURC offers a pdf summary of links to these services related to Gulf of Mexico science and education, accessible via the GOMURC newsletter page.

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Save The Dates!

Houston, TX-- State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit, March 26-28, 2017, and Gulf of Mexico Alliance All-Hands Meeting, March 29-30, 2017.

For the first time, these important regional conferences will meet back-to-back at the Omni Houston Hotel,4 Riverway, Houston, Texas 77056.

GOMA's 2016 All-hands meeting is June 15-16 in Baton Rouge.

The post-DWH oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment is complete. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are preparing to make remainders of physical samples, preserved pending the resolution of the legal case, available to the scientific community. The Trustees' notice with instructions for sample requests is available here.

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The Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) and the Consortium of Marine Research Institutions of the Gulf of Mexico (CIIMAR-GOM) signed an agreement amendment to continue their partnership to support Gulf of Mexico environmental science and education. The original MOU created in 2014 is extended through 2017. The agreement has forged closer ties between the science community, for example, providing resources to enable students and scientists to attend science conferences in the partner countries. Dr. Christopher D'Elia, LSU (at right in pic), signed MOU amendment on behalf of GOMURC; his comments are here. Dr. Jose Manuel Pina Gutierrez, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, signed for CIIMAR-GOM. 

Dr. Pina and Dr. D'Elia (right) MOU signees

April 20, 2016, is the 6th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the northern Gulf of Mexico. To coincide with the anniversary of the spill, the CIMAGE II consortium offers events and information about the research and recovery efforts since the 2010 oil spill: 

April 20, 2016, 2p ET and 7p ET (7p and 12a GMT):  'Dispatches from the Gulf' Screening: A live stream of the 'Dispatches from the Gulf' will be held today via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ScreenscopeJ2PE/live. The documentary highlights research from Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative researchers following the oil spill. The film features C-IMAGE summer Mud & Blood sampling cruises aboard the R/V Weatherbird II operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography.

Facebook event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/250797638598330/ 

 

The Loop Podcast Series: eight part series features USF and C-IMAGE researchers studying ecosystem modeling, high pressure experiments, and the comparison of Deepwater Horizon to Ixtoc I spills. http://www.marine.usf.edu/c-image/resources/media-player

 

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BP's civil settlement "consent decree" was finalized this week. Environmental Law Institute has a useful summary of the $16.7B settlement.  

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National Academies Gulf Research Program is now hiring positions.

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On April 4, 2016, nearly 6 years after the Deepwater Horizon exploded and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP and Justice finalized terms for civil claims bringing BP's total payments to $20.8 billion. As described by the Justice Department, "This historic settlement resolves the U.S. government’s civil penalty claims under the Clean Water Act, the governments’ claims for natural resources damage claims under the Oil Pollution Act, and also implements a related settlement of economic damage claims of the Gulf States and local governments" (DoJ settlement page).

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On March 28, 2016, Elizabeth (Libby) Fetherston assumed leadership of the Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP). Libby has spent the past five years with the Ocean Conservancy fighting for Gulf environmental recovery and has a strong resource management and conservation background.

The Environmental Law Institute's Ocean Program continues to develop informative resources to keep stakeholders updated on Gulf of Mexico recovery efforts. Their new Introduction to Gulf Recovery provides easy access to many of these resources.

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BOEM recently posted the final rulemaking for the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). Entitled "Allocation and Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals, and Bonuses—Oil and Gas, Offshore," a key action is to set allocations for revenue sharing by the states of TX, LA, AL, and MS in Phase II to commence in 2017. A news description of the regulation and its implication is in Houmatoday.com.

US and five Gulf of Mexico states announced settlement to resolve civil claims against BP arising from the April 20, 2010 Macondo well (Deepwater Horizon platform) blowout and the resulting massive oil spill that followed; the BP Consent Decree is now available for public comments via http://www.justice.gov/enrd/deepwater-horizon. Comment period ends Dec. 4, 2015.

Deepwater Horizon Trustees Propose Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico: Trustees seeking public comment on draft plan, which would allocate up to $8.8 billion for restoration from proposed settlement with BP-- plan and instructions for comments at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its initial list of restoration projects to be included on its "Final Priorities List."  As stated at the Council web site, "Using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc., the Council is seeking to provide near-term, on-the-ground ecosystem benefits, while also conducting planning activities designed to build a foundation for future success as additional funds become available from other parties." These funds will include funding from the recent BP civil settlement.

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The US Attorney General press release, "Total Value of Settlement Would Top $18.7 Billion, the Largest Settlement with a Single Entity in American History" describes the settlement with BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages. The web site includes a fact sheet that summarizes the "agreement in principle."

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The trial to determine civic (Clean Water Act) penalties for the BP oil spill recommences on Jan. 20, 2015. As described in the Jan 7 pre-trial briefing, post trial briefs will be due by the end of March.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund announced round 2 for $99.2M of funding for 25 new oil spill restoration projects in AL, FL, LA, MS and TX. 

The National Academy of Science Gulf Research Program will sponsor an ad hoc committee and report under the auspices of the National Research Council will inform monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

GOMRI announced last week the awards for RFP-IV consortia and new RFP-V opportunity for small teams research; deadline for RFP-V "letter of intent" pre-proposals is Dec. 15, 2014.

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NOAA released a draft version of the science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program for public comment; electronic comments submitted via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and written comments may be mailed to Dr. Becky Allee; NOAA OCM - Gulf Coast; Bldg. 1100, Rm 232; Stennis Space Center, MS, 39529.

 

Texas released "notice on selection process for Centers of Excellence" at https://www.restorethetexascoast.org/. As announced, pursuant to RESTORE Act and Treasury statutory and regulatory requirements, "Texas is posting a Request For Grant Applications (RFGA) on the Texas Electronic State Business Daily and on the Texas e-Grants system.  The RFGA will set forth the process by which grant applications must be submitted.  The selection and award of grants will be made in accordance with the TCEQ-established grant process under Texas Water Code 5.124 and the TCEQ grant rules, in particular the rules governing solicitations in 30 TAC Section14.7. Please contact LaTresa Stroud at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed RFGA."

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The Gulf Coast Restoration Council has been collaborating with Gulf coast state entities to host webinars open to the public in order to update participants on the status of programs and plans. You can view the webinar and a summary presentation for the Oct. 16 webinar with MS here--  http://www.restore.ms/archived-webinar/

Deepwater Horizon oil spill NRDA Trustees guide to projects and planning contained in the Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) seeking public feedback. FIO is the designated Florida Gulf Coast Entity to receive funds from the RESTORE Act for administering Florida's Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program (CERGP), section 1605 of the RESTORE Act.  As required by the Treasury's RESTORE Act Rulemaking, FIO is seeking public comments on its CERGP Rules and Policies, including competitive selection process, from October 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014.  FIO will also be conducting regional town hall meetings during this timeframe, for additional details please visit our website at: http://fio.marine.usf.edu/research/fio-cergp.

 

FIO encourages everyone to take the opportunity to participate in this important process to determine the type of research and monitoring projects FIO should fund by filling out the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fio_cergp.  Please help circulate this email as you feel fit and if you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Treasury announced RESTORE Act Rule is in effect, enabling restoration programs to apply for funding in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Trust Fund (currently $800M from Transocean settlement); release at http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/JL2663.aspx.

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ABSTRACTS DUE OCT. 3 for posters and oral talks for 2015 Gulf of Mexico Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosted 9/23/14 webinar and presentation on status of the RESTORE Act, and its process and priorities for submitting projects to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for consideration of support from the Comprehensive Plan component (30% of Trust Fund).

National Academies of Science Gulf Program announces topics for its first funding competition, exploratory research grants focused on 1) Education and Training of Workers in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry and 2) Health Professions and Linking Ecosystem Services Related to and Influenced by Oil and Gas Production to Human Health and Well-Being--http://www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/grants/index.html

UPDATE-- Dec. 18 is application deadline for these grants-- more here.

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GOMURC's new web site launched today-- http://www.gomurc.org

Site is customized for mobile platforms and contains new and updated information.

NOAA Coastal Services Center Sea Level Rise and Coastal Impacts viewer is a teaching and planning tool that shows predicted sea levels on coastal communities under different rise scenarios -- http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slrviewer

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National Academies of Science's The Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision establishes the Program’s foundation and introduces its mission, goals, and objectives-- http://www.nas.edu/gulf/vision/index.htm

Submit proposals to Texas portal for restoration projects that may be funded by NRDA, RESTORE ACT, and Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF)-- .

http://restorethetexascoast.org/submit-a-project/

Restore Act Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is seeking subject matter experts to serve as panelists to review proposals submitted to the Council via Council members. Download the PDF form to apply. Send it and your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 10, 2014.

Department of Treasury administers the RESTORE Act Direct Component and Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program. Links to review guidance for each program, with sample forms, now available via the Treasury's RESTORE Web site-- http://www.treasury.gov/services/restore-act/Pages/default.aspx

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NOAA Research (Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research) is looking for new Assistant Administrator-- https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/378443100. Announcement closes Sep. 26. This is important position in directing NOAA climate, air and ocean science.

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Treasury released RESTORE Act regulations on Friday Aug. 15 and updated their RESTORE Web site with access to rules and useful new information-- http://www.treasury.gov/services/restore-act/Pages/default.aspx

Public comments on regulations due Sep. 2.

NOAA RESTORE Science Program 8/14/14 news update includes link to pdf of their initial Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Federal Register Notice-- http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/miscellaneous/noaa-restore-act-science-program-update

This "Initial FFO" is FYI and does not solicit proposals or public comments, which will occur in FFO later this year.

LUMCON reports on size of Gulf of Mexico low-oxygen "dead zone" for Summer 2014-- http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/08/low_oxygen_dead_zone_covers_50.html

Department of the Treasury proposes regulations for RESTORE Act concerning amounts available to eligible Louisiana parishes from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund-- http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-31/pdf/2014-18131.pdf.

Texas restoration portal now up at http://restorethetexascoast.org/; "website provides an opportunity for interested parties to suggest projects for consideration for funding made available to Texas as a result of the DWH Oil Spill."

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U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. titled, “Revisiting the RESTORE Act: Progress and Challenges in Gulf Restoration Post-Deepwater Horizon.” More, including link for live broadcast, at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=fdfbde77-d1f4-45a4-befc-c906faeec3bc

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BOEM preparing a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico off the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, beginning with Central Planning Area (CPA) Lease Sale 241 in 2016, Eastern Planning Area (EPA) Lease Sale 226 in 2016, and CPA Sale 247 in 2017.  EPA 226 site is south of FL panhandle. Public scoping sessions in July across Gulf coast listed at http://www.boem.gov/Note06192014/

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Conference for Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration in New Orleans, Jul 28-Aug 1, 2014; registration at http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/CEER2014/site.html

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NRDA DWH oil spill damage assessment data at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/oil-spill/gulf-spill-data/

LSU-led team receives funds from BOEM for cost-benefit analysis of ocean and coastal observing and monitoring -- story at http://theadvocate.com/home/7757061-125/researchers-to-study-cost-benefits#.UsLqe1QJVzo.email

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S.1254: Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014 was signed by President on June 30. Authorizes over $20M to include maintaining and enhancing "a national harmful algal bloom and hypoxia program" -- bill at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254/text. Program is to be led by NOAA and a national task force, similar to Gulf of Mexico Interagency Hypoxia Task Force-- http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/named/msbasin/

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National Academies of Science accepting applications for the 2015 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. This 12-week program (Jan. 20 - Apr. 10, 2015) is designed to engage early career individuals in the processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local level. The Gulf Research Program will host a Christine Mirzayan Fellow, so we encourage you to spread the word among potential candidates.

Applications are due Sept. 1, 2014. The fellowship stipend is $8,500. To learn more or apply online, please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/

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New book edited by former Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council director, Dr. S. Bortone, entitled Interrelationships between Corals and Fisheries, published by CRC Press. Available at http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466588318. Volume includes chapter 9 by GOMURC director, AN Shepard, "Restoring deepwater coral ecosystems and fisheries after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill."

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Final NRDA Phase III Early Restoration plan is now available following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Largest phase (>60% of $1B) of early restoration, the Plan proposes 44 early restoration projects, environmental analyses for each of them, and proposed strategic approach to early restoration and the environmental analysis for that approach-- http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/early-restoration/phase-iii/?utm_source=final+phase+III+announcement&utm_campaign=early+restoration+phase+III&utm_medium=email

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