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June 9th, 2016
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Releases Governors’ Action Plan III for Healthy and Resilient Coasts

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Ocean Springs, Miss.—The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) released the Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts today. This is the third major effort by the Alliance, approved by all five U.S. Gulf Coast State governors. The states of Alabama and Mississippi issued proclamations, declaring support for the plan and emphasizing the vision to improve the health and sustainability of our coastal areas. They noted millions of people depend on it – to live, work, and vacation. In the plan, the Alliance addresses six major regional issues: coastal resilience; data and monitoring; education and engagement; habitat resources; water resources; and wildlife and fisheries.

“Support from the governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida demonstrates they recognize the need to work across the region on shared issues,” said Laura Bowie, Alliance Executive Director. “The strength and success of our organization depends on strong regional collaboration. Without it, the Gulf of Mexico economy and environment suffers.”

Through leadership from the five states, the Alliance embraces the mission to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. APIII addresses 16 major goals utilizing partnerships within 6 Priority Issue Teams based on the shared regional issues.

Over the next five years, the Alliance will provide forums for collaboration; develop and modify tools to address regional issues; track restoration efforts; and identify and expand opportunities for comprehensive monitoring among other things.

The six Teams will meet during the Alliance’s All Hands meeting scheduled for June 15 – 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During this time, Teams will initiate specific actions that further the Alliance’s mission.

Access the Alabama proclamation on Governor Bentley’s website http://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2016/05/governors-action-plan-iii-healthy-resilient-coasts/.

The Mississippi proclamation and a copy of the Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts is available on the publication page http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org/tools-and-resources/publications/.

About the Gulf of Mexico Alliance

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recognizes the economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health. As the result of a shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas formalized the Alliance in 2004. The Alliance’s mission is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf region by encouraging collaboration among government agencies, businesses, education providers and non-governmental organizations. Priority issues addressed by the Alliance include water resources, habitat resources, community resilience, data and monitoring, wildlife and fisheries, and education and engagement. To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, visit www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.

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