Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA)


The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership of the five U.S. Gulf States, 13 federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-governmental organizations. The U.S. Department of the Interior is represented by its coastal Bureaus (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey). The mission of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico through increased regional collaboration. The current Governors’ Action Plan III for Healthy and Resilient Coasts is the third in a series of collaborative work plans for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance focusing on priority issues determined by the Gulf States themselves:

Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience
Improving Data Access and Baseline Monitoring
Increasing Stewardship through Education and Engagement
Conserving and Restoring Habitat Resources
Improving the Health of Wildlife and Fisheries
Improving the Quality of Water Resources

The overarching goal of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is to address the region’s priorities by:

  • providing forums for collaboration on priority issues,
  • developing and modifying tools to address regional issues,
  • tracking restoration efforts,
  • identifying and expanding opportunities for comprehensive monitoring,
  • expanding the Alliance network to enable strategic partnerships, and
  • continuing to administer a large oil-spill research program.

USGS has been an active participant in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance since its inception, with representatives on each of the priority issue teams.

Select USGS publications coordinated with GOMA:

Seagrass Status and Trends in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: 1940–2002
Emergent Wetlands Status and Trends in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: 1950–2010

For more information on USGS and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, please contact:

Kate Spear
Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey
337-266-8645
speark@usgs.gov

Scott Wilson
Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey
337-266-8644
wilsons@usgs.gov