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Workshop: Implementing Best Available Science in Restoration


Venue: University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, MS

Objectives: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DHOS) underscored the intrinsic link between the economy and the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico. In the wake of the spill, Gulf citizens continue to support focusing the majority of funds paid by responsible parties on ecosystem restoration, both to repair and compensate for damages, and sustain Gulf ecosystems and economy. A long-term vision for Gulf ecosystem restoration and sustainability requires sound science to plan, implement and evaluate project success.  Our goal in the Gulf Restoration Science workshop is to engage restoration program leads, scientists and managers to identify actions that promote 1) integration of the “best available science” (BAS) for ecosystem restoration and adaptive management, and 2) engagement of restoration science programs and stakeholders (including restoration practitioners, resource managers, scientists, and decision-makers).

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