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Gulf of Mexico needs more protection

Antonio Bussalacchi, President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and Dr. Chris D’Elia, GOMURC Board member and Dean of the LSU College of the Coast and Environment, recently wrote a guest column for the Advocate entitled “After BP Spill, protecting the Gulf region requires even more money.” Given the sunsetting of spill-funded programs like Read More

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Funding opportunities calendar for Gulf restoration

The NOAA RESTORE Science Program is hosting a funding opportunities calendar in partnership with other Gulf of Mexico science and restoration initiatives established following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The calendar is intended to enable stakeholders to remain informed about opportunities and assist grant applicants in planning ahead and submitting applications to the appropriate funding Read More

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NRDA Trustees seek comments on open ocean restoration plan

The NRDA Trustees for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (DHOS) support restoration planning areas that include an Open Ocean effort. The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) hosted open webinars on October 16 and 17, 2018, during which they provided an overview of the Open Ocean Draft Restoration Plan 1 and Environmental Assessment and related restoration Read More

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Aquaculture enterprise workshop at USM

The USM Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center is helping host the Fish 2.0 Gulf Coast Workshop in February 2019, in conjunction with Monica Jain, founder and Executive Director of Fish 2.0 and MS-AL Sea Grant. The primary goal of Fish 2.0 is to support business growth and innovation in sustainable seafood by bringing investment, partnerships, Read More

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Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary advisors sought

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for four (4) seats on its advisory council, a community-based group of individuals that provide advice for sanctuary management. The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following council seats:  education, oil & gas operations, recreational diving, and research.   Information and application materials are available Read More

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Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team news

Two new offerings from the Gulf Sea Grant oil spill outreach team: The team will host a free seminar, “Oil spill response, assessment, and restoration: Marine mammals,” on March 29, 2018 in Galveston, Texas. Experts will share the latest science concerning marine mammal populations, with a focus on their health after oil spills and protocols relating Read More

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Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team news

NEWS from the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative: The Team just released a final, in-depth publication to close out 2017 entitle, Corals and oil spills. Scientists discovered that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill injured some deep water coral communities, while others in shallow areas appeared unharmed. All Read More

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Hurricane impacts in the US Virgin Islands

GOMURC has been engaged in conversations with colleagues in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to understand the extent of damages due to the 2017 hurricanes (Irma and Maria), and their priority needs. Kristin Wilson Grimes gave a related presentation at the 2017 CERF conference, entitled “Weathering the Storms: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Read More

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Helping our Caribbean neighbors after Maria

Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean including billions in property damages and more than 80 lost lives. The past weeks have been about rescues and personal recovery, which will continue for years. We also need to focus on the next level of recovery in rebuilding island economies and infrastructure. Related to GOMURC’s mission, the marine science Read More