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Red tide and gag grouper: Ecosystem modeling used to inform stock assessment and management

Gag grouper are an iconic species on Florida’s Gulf Coast. They are both predator and prey and, because of their unique life cycle, they are subject to shifting ocean currents and other ecosystem processes. Gag grouper are also prized by recreational and commercial fishers. Every three to five years, catch limits for gag grouper are … Continue reading

Firebird: Protecting marsh birds through fire management on the Gulf Coast

Peaking through coastal marsh grasses, a ruby red eye is barely discernible. Tucked into the heavy cover of the high marsh is a bird so elusive that researchers have dubbed it a “secretive marsh bird.” But the black rail is not only secretive, it’s rare. The species was federally listed as threatened in 2020.  This … Continue reading

NOAA RESTORE Science Program Awards $2.3 million for Planning Actionable Science

Photo by David Hay Jones Photo by Katherine Abbott Photo provided by Nicole Michel The NOAA RESTORE Science Program has awarded $2.3 million to 20 project teams in the Gulf of Mexico to collaboratively scope and design research that will inform future decisions on how to manage natural resources in the region including marine mammals, … Continue reading

The Gulf of Mexico deep end is out of sight, but not out of mind

When thinking about the Gulf of Mexico, coastal resources tend to come to mind: oysters, beaches, wetlands. However, there is a whole other set of resources and ecosystem services offshore in the open ocean that make the Gulf of Mexico such a dynamic and productive ecosystem. With support from the NOAA RESTORE Science Program, Tracey … Continue reading

Submit Abstracts by Aug 4 for AGU Session on Natural Resource Management in the Gulf

The NOAA RESTORE Science Program and Gulf of Mexico Alliance are co-hosting a session at the AGU Fall meeting focused on Natural Resource Management needs for a changing Gulf of Mexico. The AGU Fall Meeting unites more than 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries in the Earth and space sciences community to share their work and … Continue reading

RESCHEDULED: Webinar on Building Partnerships for Actionable Science

RESCHEDULED: On Wednesday, June 30, the Science Program will host the second webinar in our ‘How to Co-Produce’ webinar series that explores how to advance partnerships among researchers and resource managers through the use of co-production practices. This second webinar will focus on the important practice of building interdisciplinary relationships and the rewards that can … Continue reading

Who is eating whom in natural and created marshes?

Mississippi River diversions and the construction of tidal marshes are key components of the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, but there is uncertainty about exactly how the management decision to divert water out of the river and into nearby marshes will affect the ecology and functionality of those marshes. With support from the NOAA RESTORE Science … Continue reading

Gulf Science and Restoration Programs Update Three Year Funding Calendar for 2021-23

The science and restoration programs working in the Gulf of Mexico understand the need for stakeholders to remain informed of future funding opportunities.  To this end, they have collectively updated a three year calendar consolidating currently planned funding opportunities. This calendar will enable stakeholders to remain informed about opportunities and assist grant applicants in planning … Continue reading