Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for developing a network of business leaders, marine scientists, resource managers, governmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholder groups that combine their data to provide timely information about our oceans — similar to the information gathered by the National Weather Service to develop weather forecasts.

With members from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, GCOOS has established a sustained observing system for the Gulf of Mexico to provide observations and products needed by users in this region for:

  • Protecting public health and safety;
  • Supporting healthy ecosystems and water quality;
  • Mitigating the effects of storms and man-made disasters;
  • Ensuring safe and efficient marine operations;
  • Monitoring the Gulf for long-term changes and environmental trends.

GCOOS is one of 11 regional associations that partner with the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing
System, U.S. IOOS®, a federal, regional, private sector partnership committed to tracking, predicting, managing and adapting to changes in our ocean, coastal and Great Lakes environments.

GCOOS is led by a Board of Directors and supported by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies and foundations, as well as donations. Members of the GCOOS-RA are institutions or individuals that are actively engaged in conducting observations of the Gulf of Mexico coastal environment, or who are end users of data, products or services resulting from these observing programs. Non-U.S. entities can become non-voting Associates.

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What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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Who we share your data with

We do not share your data, including your email address, with any individuals or organizations.

How long we retain your data

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If you make a donation to the Howard Scholarship Fund via our form, we do not store your data. Learn more about privacy/data controls in place through

Additional information

Constant Contact is an online marketing company that collects information at the direction of and as a service to its customers, including the GCOOS-RA. Constant Contact typically has no contractual relationship with you (i.e. the recipient of the marketing or other communication sent by our customers through our platform).

We require our customers, such as the sender of this email, to use our platform only for permission-based email marketing, in compliance with our Anti-Spam Policy. If you believe you have received unwanted, unsolicited messages sent through our platform (or purporting to be sent through our platform), please forward a copy of that message with your comments to for review.

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Collection and Use of Information from Campaign Recipients and Tracking

We collect any information uploaded to our platform by our customers, including your email addresses or contact information and any campaigns our customers send you. We also collect information from you directly when you submit information to our customers by means of our join-my-mailing-list link. Campaigns sent from our platform may include a web beacon or other tracking technology, which allows us to determine if you open an email, as well as what you click on, the email delivery status and geographic location. We also collect log data, including your IP address, browser type and version. We share this information with our customers so they can optimize their campaigns, customize offerings to you, understand your level of engagement with them and any other uses the sender describes in its online privacy policy. We (or another third party) may also set a cookie on your browser so that our customers can take advantage of other Constant Contact products or services and increase their marketing reach.

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How Constant Contact Handles Data Collected

We will never email you on our own behalf. We may provide any information we collect about you to our customers and use any of it to provide our products and services, to improve our products and services, in connection with our security and compliance programs or for any other legal reason (including as described in our Privacy Statement).

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What data breach procedures we have in place

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