Its goal is to provide a regional framework for focusing attention on geographic areas that have special ecological significance to fish, wildlife and other natural resources, or a geographic area that represents unique habitats.
Since the inception of the GEMS Program in 1996, each Gulf state has been granting GEMS status to marine areas with special ecological significance. As a result, those designated areas (which currently number 140) are considered high priority for protection, restoration and conservation by both state and federal governments.
To view the GEMS locations along with useful information about each of them click on the GEMS Portal map viewer (see right). Check back often since more information about the GEMS and (coming soon) restoration projects are added periodically. The GEMS Program and GEMS Portal are made possible by funding from the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program. Inquires can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.