Congrats to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance for a successful All-Hands Meeting in Alabama in June. GOMA welcomed more than 425 participants and had the opportunity to celebrate new Gulf Star partners, explore ecotourism, conduct six priority issue team meetings and three cross-team meetings and more.
GCOOS was proud to be a sponsor and we were pleased with the opportunities we had to showcase our work and partnerships.
GCOOS Product Developer Dr. Shin Kobara (pictured on the left) showed off our data products, including our glider tracker GANDALF, during the popular Tools Café.
GCOOS Outreach and Education Manager Dr. Chris Simoniello had the opportunity to present GCOOS activities in support of next year’s Embrace the Gulf 2020 campaign, which will highlight the positive contributions of the Gulf of Mexico. GCOOS activities include soliciting and writing content for the "365 Messages" social media campaign, co-branding GCOOS public outreach activities and working with community leaders to sign proclamations in support for making 2020 the year to highlight positive aspects of the Gulf of Mexico.
Presenters also provided information about Paddle the Gulf. GCOOS is partnering with PTG to develop resources and opportunities to engage in citizen science along the Gulf’s network of blueways.
Many GCOOS Outreach and Education Council members also participated in the Education and Engagement team meeting, including Dianne Lindstedt, Louisiana Sea Grant, Dinah Maygarden, University of New Orleans, Leslie Peart, Texas State Aquarium, Angela Sallis, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Chris Verlinde, Florida Sea Grant and Lee Yokel, GOMA Education and Engagement PIT Coordinator.