In July 2012, the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) of the Gulf States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act; Section 16 of Public Law 112-141) was signed into law. Section 1604 of the RESTORE Act authorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to establish and administer the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring, and Technology Program. The program is commonly known as the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program.
The mission of the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program, as directed in the RESTORE Act, is to initiate and sustain an integrative, holistic understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and support, to the maximum extent practicable, restoration efforts and the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem, including its fish stocks, fishing industries, habitat, and wildlife through ecosystem research, observation, monitoring, and technology development. The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program is supported by goals, guiding principles and focus areas which are captured in the Program’s Science Plan Framework. This Framework is serving as the foundation for the development of a full Science Plan for the Program.
For an overview of the Program, see this presentation from our engagement session at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in January 2014.